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. [1]

1982 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament
Women's College Cup (semifinals & final)
CountryUnited States
DatesNovember 4–21, 1982
ChampionsNorth Carolina Tar Heels
(1st title, 1st College Cup)
Runners-upCentral Florida Knights
(1st title game, 1st College Cup)
Third placeConnecticut Huskies
(1st College Cup)
Fourth placeMissouri–Saint Louis Tritons
(1st College Cup)
Matches played12
Goals scored36 (3 per match)
Attendance3,061 (255 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Mary Varas, UCF (2)
Donna MacDougall, UConn (2)
Synthia Scott, UNC (2)
Best playerMary Varas, UCF (Offense)
Linda Gancitano, UCF (Defense)
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.[2]

Team Appearance Previous Record
Boston College 1st Never 11-2-1
Brown 1st Never 10-3
Central Florida 1st Never 08-0-2
Connecticut 1st Never 14-0-1
Cortland State 1st Never 07-5-3
George Mason 1st Never 14-4-1
Harvard 1st Never 06-4-2
Massachusetts 1st Never 14-3
Missouri–Saint Louis 1st Never 16-2-1
North Carolina 1st Never 16-2
Princeton 1st Never 10-1-1
Rochester (NY) 1st Never 12-3-1


  First Round
Campus Sites
November 4–6
Second Round
Campus Sites
November 12–13
Orlando, Florida
November 19
Orlando, Florida
November 21
  Connecticut (2OT) 2  
    Cortland State 0  
Cortland State 3
Boston College 0  
  Connecticut 1  
  Central Florida 3  
  Central Florida 2
    Massachusetts 1  
Massachusetts 3
Rochester 1  
  Central Florida 0
  North Carolina 2
  North Carolina 4 Third place
    Princeton 0  
Princeton 1 Connecticut 2
George Mason 0   UM–Saint Louis 1
  North Carolina 2
  UM–Saint Louis 1  
  UM–Saint Louis 2
    Harvard 1  
Harvard (2OT) 3
Brown 1  

Tournament scoring leaders

Player (Team) Goals Assists Points
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

See also


  1. "Division I Women's Soccer Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  2. "1982 Division I Women's Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA.org. NCAA. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
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