Women's soccer has been a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship sport since 1982. The growth of women's soccer has coincided with the U.S. national team's rise to dominance in international soccer. The success of stars like Mia Hamm, Julie Fouty and Kristine Lilly has brought tremendous interest to a game that was virtually non-existent before the mid-1970s.
University of North Carolina
The North Carolina Lady Tar Heels have been the dominant team in collegiate women's soccer since the NCAA held its first women's championship in 1982. North Carolina has won 20 championships through the 2009 season and has never gone more than three seasons without winning a national title. The Lady Tar Heels have been especially dominant in the national title game, where they have gone 20-3. North Carolina has outscored its opponents 391-61 in NCAA tournament games.
University of Portland
Portland is the only women's soccer team other than North Carolina to win multiple national championships. The Pilots won the national title in 2002 and 2005. They defeated Santa Clara 2-1 in overtime for their first title before overpowering UCLA 4-0 in 2005. That Portland team was one of the most dominant in women's soccer history. The Pilots outscored their opponents 79-9 in 2005 and were led by Christine Sinclair's 39 goals. Megan Rapinoe supported Sinclair with 15 goals of her own.
University of Southern California
The University of Southern California Trojans made their mark in women's soccer when they won the 2007 national championship and defeated Florida State 2-0 in the title game. That has been the Trojans' only national title in women's soccer, but the school has been one of the top women's soccer teams on the West Coast. The Trojans have made 11 NCAA appearances since starting their program in 1983.
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