1986 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament

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1986 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament
Women's College Cup (semifinals & final)
CountryUnited States
ChampionsNorth Carolina Tar Heels
(4th title, 5th College Cup)
Runners-upColorado College Tigers
(1st title, 2nd College Cup)
Matches played11
Goals scored28 (2.55 per match)
Attendance6,524 (593 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)April Heinrichs, UNC (5)
Best playerApril Heinrichs, UNC
All statistics correct as of 4/26/2015.

The 1986 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament was the fifth annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA women's collegiate soccer. The championship game was played again at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, Virginia during December 1986.[1]

North Carolina defeated Colorado College in the final, 2–0, to win their fourth national title. Coached by Anson Dorrance, the Tar Heels finished the season 23–0–1. This was the first of North Carolina's record nine consecutive national titles (1986–1994).

The Most Outstanding Player was April Heinrichs from North Carolina. An All-Tournament Team, consisting of five players, was also named. Henrichs was also the tournament's leading scorer (4 goals).


With the inaugural edition of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship being held in 1986, the tournament eligibility was narrowed to just Division I and Division II women's soccer programs (a Division II championship was not added until 1988). Nonetheless, the tournament field decreased from the previous year, downsizing from 14 to 12 teams.

Team Appearance Previous Record
Brown 5th 1985 11-2-2
California 3rd 1984 15-2-1
UC Santa Barbara 3rd 1985 13-2-2
Cal State–Hayward 2nd 1985 16-1-1
Cincinnati 2nd 1983 13-2-1
Colorado College 3rd 1985 15-3-1
Connecticut 5th 1985 14-4-1
George Mason 5th 1985 15-2-1
Massachusetts 5th 1985 13-2-2
North Carolina 5th 1985 21-0-1
NC State 2nd 1985 15-5-1
William & Mary 3rd 1985 15-2-1


  First Round Second Round Semifinals Championship
(Women's College Cup)
Fairfax, Virginia
  North Carolina 8  
    UC Santa Barbara 0  
UC Santa Barbara 1
Cincinnati 0  
  North Carolina (2OT) 3  
  George Mason 2  
  George Mason (2OT, PK) 1
    NC State 0  
NC State 1
William & Mary 0  
  North Carolina 2
  Colorado College 0
  Colorado College 1
    California 0  
California 2
Cal State–Hayward 0  
  Colorado College (2OT, PK) 1
  Massachusetts 0  
  Massachusetts (2OT, PK) 1
    Connecticut 0  
Connecticut 5
Brown 0  

All tournament team[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Division I Women's Soccer Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved April 23, 2015.