’92 Team Kicks Up Its Heels

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'92 Soccer Team

Teammates from the 1992 Final Four squad finally received the rings that their national achievement deserved.

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By Joey Beeler

Davidson recently celebrated the 1992 Men’s Soccer Team, which accomplished an incredible feat 20 years ago.

Under the direction of Charlie Slagle, the school’s first National Coach of the Year, the Wildcats finished with a team-record 17 victories before advancing to the Final Four, also known as the College Cup, which Davidson hosted at Richardson Stadium from 1992–94.

During their run through the NCAA Tournament, the SoCon Champions got by No. 7 UNC Charlotte and No. 23 Coastal Carolina on penalty kicks before knocking off No. 2 N.C. State to advance to the national semifinals, where they fell to No. 15 San Diego in overtime. Davidson played 552 minutes of soccer in its first-ever NCAA appearance, which is equal to more than six regulation contests.

In addition to setting a school record for goals in a season with 90, the Wildcats finished the year 3-2-5 against nationally-ranked teams, including a win over UCLA, which was a top-3 team at the time.

Along with the most decorated men’s soccer player in Davidson history, Rob Ukrop ’92, Craig Omli ’93, and current head coach Matt Spear ’93 served as captains of the 1992 squad. At halftime of Davidson’s contest against Georgia Southern on Homecoming Saturday 2012, the 1992 team was recognized and presented their Final Four rings.

To date, the 1992 club is the only Davidson team to ever advance to the Final Four.

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