Women’s Soccer Celebrates 20th Anniversary of National Championship
Posted: September 26, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
George Mason celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1985 National Championship in women’s soccer on Saturday at George Mason Stadium. The Patriots’ current team hosted conference opponent Towson University, winning 2-1. During half-time, the alumni from the championship team were honored.
“The 1985 team began the rich legacy of Mason women’s soccer. I am very excited to have these special players back to recognize their impressive achievements and give our current players an insight into the journey they took to realizing their dreams,” said women’s soccer coach Diane Drake.
“The team achieved a feat not many teams or athletes get to experience,” said Athletic Director Tom O’Connor. “A national championship many times puts a program on a map, and they did it four years after the program was started. It was an amazing accomplishment. I appreciate what they did for George Mason and women’s soccer.”
More than half of the championship team, as well as their former coaches and administrators, were on hand to celebrate the anniversary. After the game they enjoyed a reunion dinner.
Mason defeated the University of North Carolina 2-0 in the NCAA Championship game on Nov. 24, 1985, before a then-NCAA record crowd of 4,500 in Fairfax, Va.
The Tar Heels were 18-1-1, with a loss to the University of Massachusetts and a tie at the hands of George Mason. But UNC had championship experience. The Tar Heels entered the match 10-0 all-time in the NCAA Tournament while Mason was 4-3. Accompanying Mason out onto the field were the bad memories of two years earlier when Mason lost to UNC in the national finals, 4-0. In the previous three championship matches, the Tar Heels had not allowed a goal.