U.S. WNT Flashback - 20th Anniversary of First-Ever Match: Stacey Enos
Stacey Enos reflects on the first-ever U.S. Women's National Team game.
Aug. 18, 2005
Stacy Enos started her national team career the way she ended it, with a 1-0 loss to Italy in Jesolo. In between, she played in 10 of the first 11 matches ever played by the U.S. Women’s National Team, starting them all, and is one of just two players from the first match to earn double figures in caps. The left-footer was a fiery leader, who got up and down the flank. In fact, she was fouled in the box for a penalty kick (that was missed by Sharon McMurtry) in that first game. She played in the first-ever intercollegiate season for women’s soccer at UNC in 1982.
More on the first-ever U.S. WNT match: OOOSA! | First Goal | Players Reflect
Career caps/Goals: 10/0
National Team Career: 1985-86
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Position played in first match: Left fullback
College: UNC (1982-1986)
Last WNT game: July 26, 1986 against Italy (0-1 Loss)
What she’s doing now: Athletic director and women’s soccer coach at Warren Wilson College in Ashville, N.C. Warren Wilson is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.
WNT Career Highlight: “Looking back at those first two years (of the WNT program), it was just the opportunity. It was amazing to be in Italy, to be a part of that, and to step on the field in USA colors. It was the beginning of this incredible history for women’s soccer, and to know I had something to do with that, for me that is really the most captivating.”
Memories of the first game: “I remember the crowd was so supportive of our team, and it was incredible. They were chanting “OOOSA, OOOSA” and it took us a while to figure out it was “USA, USA.” For us to step on the field and play well, and play well against a team that had been playing internationally for a while and had a lot of experience, everyone was really impressed. The fans gathered around the bus, and were around the fence cheering us on. We were so well received.”
Thoughts on how women’s soccer has grown: “At the sports Festival in Baton Rouge, I don’t remember being informed that the team that was picked out of there would represent the USA overseas. I just remember that the word started going around that they would pick the team. Then they picked this team, gathered us together, trained in Long Island for a few days and flew overseas. It was really a whirlwind. We didn’t understand the impact of the team and journey and taking the first few steps. The first games were tough, but we kept working and the next year we were in the final (of the tournament in Jesolo). Across the board, we had some infrastructure that was obviously producing the good players. So I am not necessarily surprised to see where it’s come and how much success it’s had.”
Thoughts on the 1999 Women’s World Cup: “I was overwhelmed with joy. It was truly an honor to know that I had a small piece of it. I was incredibly elated and really excited. On the flipside, it was a little difficult for any one of us who started out and got the program going in that we are a little bit of the lost generation, a little forgotten. It’s a little sad that we aren’t recognized more, because obviously there is history before (the 1991 Women’s World Cup), but to know we were there at the beginning is a tremendous honor and one we take great pride in.”