Dave Lohse, GoHeels.com, Sunday, September 19th, 2021
Nothing in life is preordained. That something is fated to be simply is not the case in most instances. For the Carolina Women’s Soccer program, there has, over time, been a series of right place, right time events – and people — that landed the program where it is in 2021 as one of the most prodigious dynasties in the history of college athletics as we celebrate 50 years of women’s sports at Carolina.
Since women’s soccer became the 13th sport added to the Athletics program in 1979-80, its history is filled with first names that don’t need last names as identifiers.
There’s Janet, April, Shannon, Kristine, Mia, Tisha, Cindy, Lorrie, Cat, Heather, Yael, Casey, Tobin, Crystal, Kealia, Brianna.
But before any of those, there was Albert. Or as he is better known: Anson. Anson Dorrance. The leader and legend who has led Carolina to 21 NCAA titles and one AIAW championship, 24 regular season ACC championships, 22 ACC Tournament crowns, and coached 26 national player of the year selections. The legend who has taken the Tar Heels to every single one of the 39 NCAA tournaments held since NCAA sponsorship began in 1982.