CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Nine For IX: The '99ers presented by AT&T premieres Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The one-hour film helps tell the story of the 1999 U.S. Soccer Women's National Team which took the world by storm with its triumph in the World Cup, that year held in the United States.
That U.S. Team featured eight Tar Heel players - seven of whom has graduated and one, Lorrie Fair, who was beginning her senior years. Other Tar Heels on the team included Tracy Noonan, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Carla Overbeck, Cindy Parlow, Tiffany Roberts and Tisha Venturini.
The team is probably most famous for its scintillating penalty kick shootout win over China in the Rose Bowl (a packed one in fact) that clinched the gold medal.
Nine for IX, a series of ESPN features, helps celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law whose affect was to open opportunities for women's soccer nationwide. Given the success of UNC's women's soccer program and its entiire women's athletics program, it's hard to imagine any of this happening without the statute.
The '99ers was directed by Erin Leyden and produced by Julie Foudy, a member of that 1999 U.S. World Cup Team.