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Three Tar Heels Vying for Top Soccer Honor

KANSAS CITY, KS – Three Tar Heels are up for the title of best college soccer player in the 2013 season.

The No. 1 Carolina women’s team was afforded a pair of senior representatives as Kealia Ohai and Crystal Dunn were named candidates for the prestigious Hermann Trophy by the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC).

Dunn will be looking to grab the honor for the second year in a row, having received the award at the close of the Tar Heels’ national championship season.

As for the men, junior Boyd Okwuonu has been tabbed as the one to watch this 2013 campaign. Last year, Okwuonu was a standout defender for a Carolina unit that surrendered a mere seven goals all season.

The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in college soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced in January at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.

2013 Men’s MAC Hermann Watch List

NAME CLASS POS. SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Andre Blake Jr. K Connecticut May Pen, Jamaica
John McCarthy Sr. K La Salle Cinnaminson, N.J.
Tyler Miller Jr. K Northwestern Woodbury, N.J.
Spencer Richey Sr. K Washington Seattle
Nick Hagglund Sr. D Xavier Cincinnati
Sebastien Ibeagha Jr. D Duke Missouri City, Texas
Anthony Manning Jr. D Saint Louis Mesquite, Texas
Boyd Okwuonu Jr. D North Carolina Edmond, Okla.
Tim Parker Jr. D St. John’s Hicksville, N.Y.
Matt Polster Jr. D SIUE Las Vegas
Patrick Slogic Sr. D Cornell Colorado Springs, Colo.
Cristobal Soto Sr. D American Santiago, Chile
Nicholas Walker Sr. D Fairleigh Dickinson Port of Spain, Trinidad
Kyle Venter Sr. D New Mexico Aurora, Colo.
Romena Bowie Sr. M Virginia Commonwealth St. Mary’s, Jamaica
Omar Mata Sr. M Tulsa Tulsa, Okla.
Pedro Ribeiro Sr. M Coastal Carolina Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Joseph Schmid Sr. M Monmouth Kingston, Pa.
Jared Watts Sr. M Wake Forest Statesville, N.C.
Liam Collins Sr. M Memphis Skibbereen, Ireland
Tyler Gibson Sr. M Charlotte Knoxville, Tenn.
Gideon Asante Sr. F Old Dominion Sunyani, Ghana
Reinaldo Brenes Sr. F Akron Ciudad Colon, Puerto Rico
Mamadou Diouf* Sr. F Connecticut Dakar, Senegal
David Geno Sr. F East Tennessee State Kingsport, Tenn.
Giuseppe Gentile Jr. F Charlotte Charlotte, N.C.
Robbie Kristo* Jr. F Saint Louis St. Louis
Cristian Mata So. F Tulsa Tulsa, Okla.
Patrick Mullins# Sr. F Maryland New Orleans
Steve Neumann* Sr. F Georgetown New Hope, Pa.
Makenzie Pridham Sr. F Cal Poly Toronto
Mark Sherrod Jr. F Memphis Knoxville, Tenn.
Christian Volesky Jr. F SIUE Las Vegas
Reed Williams Sr. F UCLA Newport Beach, Calif.

2013 Women’s MAC Hermann Watch List

NAME

CLASS

POS

SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Kelsey Wys

Sr.

K

Florida State Coral Springs, Fla.
Aubrey Bledsoe

Sr.

K

Wake Forest Cincinnati
Elizabeth Hoerner

Sr.

K

Navy Lititz, Pa.
Whitney Church

Jr.

D

Penn State Ashburn, Va.
Abigail Dahlkemper

Jr.

D

UCLA Menlo Park, Calif.
Marissa Diggs

Sr.

D

UCF Rowlett, Texas
Arin Gilliland

Jr.

D

Kentucky Lexington, Ky.
Emily Menges

Sr.

D

Georgetown Garden City, N.Y.
Jade Seabrook

Jr.

D

Navy St. Paris, Ohio
Natasha Anasi*

Sr.

D

Duke Arlington, Texas
Jessie Ayers

Jr.

M

Colorado College Seattle
Dagny Brynjarsdottir

Jr.

M

Florida State Hella, Iceland
Daphne Corboz*

Jr.

M

Georgetown Greenbrook, N.J.
Vanessa DiBernardo

Sr.

M

Illinois Naperville, Ill.
Crystal Dunn#

Sr.

M

North Carolina Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Julie Johnston*

Sr.

M

Santa Clara Mesa, Ariz.
Cari Roccaro

So.

M

Notre Dame East Islip, N.Y.
Meghan Streight

Jr.

M

Texas A&M McKinney, Texas
Janine Beckie

So.

F

Texas Tech Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Jonelle Filigno

Sr.

F

Rutgers Mississauga, Ontario
Amanda Frisbie

Sr.

F

Portland McKinney, Texas
Kristen Hamilton

Sr.

F

Denver Littleton, Colo.
Maya Hayes*

Sr.

F

Penn State West Orange, N.J.
Morgan Marlborough

Sr.

F

Santa Clara Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Tesa McKibben

Sr.

F

Saint Francis (Pa.) Cogan Station, Pa.
Kealia Ohai*

Sr.

F

North Carolina Draper, Utah
Ifeoma Onumonu

So.

F

California Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Katie Stengel

Sr.

F

Wake Forest Melbourne, Fla.
Taylor Uhl

Jr.

F

Stanford Eden Prairie, Minn.
Hannah Wilkinson

Jr.

F

Tennessee Whangarei, New Zealand
Lynn Williams

Jr.

F

Pepperdine Fresno, Calif.
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