1982 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament
The 1982 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament was the first annual single-elimination tournament, played during November 1982, to determine the national champion of NCAA women's collegiate soccer. The championship game was played at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on November 21, 1982.
|Women's College Cup (semifinals & final)|
|Dates||November 4–21, 1982|
|Champions||North Carolina Tar Heels|
(1st title, 1st College Cup)
|Runners-up||Central Florida Knights|
(1st title game, 1st College Cup)
|Third place||Connecticut Huskies|
(1st College Cup)
|Fourth place||Missouri–Saint Louis Tritons|
(1st College Cup)
|Goals scored||36 (3 per match)|
|Attendance||3,061 (255 per match)|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Mary Varas, UCF (2)|
Donna MacDougall, UConn (2)
Synthia Scott, UNC (2)
|Best player||Mary Varas, UCF (Offense)|
Linda Gancitano, UCF (Defense)
1983 →All statistics correct as of 4/16/2015.
North Carolina defeated Central Florida in the final, 2–0, to win their first national title. This was the first of North Carolina head coach Anson Dorrance's 21 national championships with the Tar Heels (as of 2019).
TheMost Outstanding Offensive Player was Mary Varas (Central Florida), and the Most Outstanding Defensive Player was Linda Gancitano (Central Florida). There was no All-Tournament Team named this year. Three players, with 2 goals each, were the leading scorers of the tournament. TheMost Valuable Player was goalkeeper Kim Wyant (Central Florida).
At the time, there was only one NCAA championship for women's soccer; a Division III title was added in 1986 and a Division II title in 1988. Hence, all NCAA women's soccer programs (whether from Division I, Division II, or Division III) were eligible for this championship. A total of 12 teams were ultimately invited to contest this tournament.
|North Carolina||4||Third place|
|George Mason||0||UM–Saint Louis||1|
Tournament scoring leaders
|Mary Vargas (Central Florida)||2||0||4|
|Donna MacDougall (Connecticut)||2||0||4|
|Synthia Scott (North Carolina)||2||0||4|
|Moira Buckley (Connecticut)||0||4||4|
|Laura Mayer (Harvard)||1||2||4|