Earlier this month at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, the greatest dynasty in the history of college sports added another championship trophy to its impressive resume, as the University of North Carolina women’s soccer team won it’s 18th NCAA title in 25 years. The architect of the dynasty, the one-of-a-kind Anson Dorrance, did a radio interview with local radio station 850 the Buzz recently, and a mp3 version is available here on their blog.
This year’s title run, which featured 27 consecutive wins to finish the season, was perhaps one of the most unlikely out of Dorrance’s many championships. The team started the season with a loss, then never saw the wrong side of a scoreline for the rest of the season. Much has been made of Roy Williams’ nascent starting lineup, and the UNC women’s lineup was littered with freshmen contributors – 6 of the 11 starters in the title game were first year players. Combined with the leadership of gold-medal-winner Heather O’Reilly, this year’s team completed a run for the ages.
Eighteen out of twenty-five. An absolutely stunning record for sure. Take a moment and let it sink in. 18 out of 25. It’s just silly, but amazingly true.