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Reilly Parker

UNC's Winding Road to Stanford Showdown

A travel trip just wouldn’t be normal without a little (or a lot) of what we like to call “Carolina chaos.” After arriving at the airport on Tuesday, we were set to travel in two groups, the first group being on a flight an hour earlier than the second. Well, as always, something had to go wrong. After hearing news of the first group being stuck on the runway for nearly two hours due to bad weather at their lay over location in Philly, we (the second group) arrived at RDU only to find out that the computer had rescheduled our flight without telling us to 6…the next morning. So we accepted the news, grabbed our bags and went out to the curb to call our van driver, only to find out he couldn’t come back for us because he had to drive our Volleyball team to the airport for their NCAA tournament games. After calling about ten people from Chapel Hill to come get us, and waiting two hours for rides (because of course this was all taking place in the midst of 5pm rush hour), I ended up back in Chapel Hill for the night. What an adventure that was…and the real adventure had not even begun yet!   We arrived in San Diego, California, on Wednesday morning, and before even landing the feeling that came over...

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What It's Like To Be So Close To A NCAA Women's Soccer Title

My name is Reilly Parker and I am a freshman on the UNC Women’s Soccer team.  We’re heading to the Final Four in beautiful San Diego, California this evening. I am a California native, so to get to go back to my home state to play in the College Cup is a dream come true. The team and I just finished practice and cannot wait to get on the plane. The road to getting to where we are today has been unbelievable, and the feelings our team is experiencing mostly consist of being so blessed to be able to continue our journey together. This was our goal since the beginning of the season, to make it to the Final Four, for one another, our community, our program, and — most importantly — for our seniors.   We are playing the number one team in the nation, Stanford University on Friday in the Semifinals of the College Cup.   We know they are going to give us a run for our money. After showing our resilience in the game against BYU last Friday (where we won in overtime), every team in the nation now knows what we are capable of and that we will fight until the very last second to protect one another. The Stanford women’s soccer team is an extremely talented group of girls.  One of their standout...

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