If Anson Dorrance was afraid, he wasn't showing it.
The North Carolina women's soccer coach had just learned that he might be without star midfielder Jena Kluegel for Friday's NCAA semifinal match against Notre Dame.
The Tar Heels had already been playing without forward Susan Bush, who was lost for the season Oct. 25 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.
Could the Tar Heels actually win the national championship, their 16th in 19 years, without Kluegel and Bush?
"I don't know," Dorrance said. "But I'm excited to see."
The good news for Dorrance, as of Sunday night, was that he probably won't have to find out. Kluegel's ankle sprain isn't as severe as the team originally feared, and Kluegel expects to play in the final four this weekend.
"It's healing good," Kluegel said. "It looks a lot better than I thought it would, so things look good for the weekend."
Kluegel sustained her injury in the 56th minute of UNC's 3-0 victory against Connecticut on Friday afternoon. She was away from the ball when she cut back to make a run. It was then that her right ankle rolled and she heard a popping noise.
She left the match with the Tar Heels holding a 1-0 lead and did not return.