Dunn & Ohai Selected in 2014 NWSL Draft
PHILADELPHIA, PA– Carolina soccer standouts Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai were selected 1-2 and defender Megan Brigman was taken in the second round of the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League Draft on Friday.
Dunn, already a starting defender on the U.S. National Team, was the top choice in the draft by the Washington Spirit.
Dunn was a consensus All-American the past two years and won the 2012 Hermann Trophy given to the top female soccer athlete.
Ohai was picked second by the Houston Dash. She will join former Tar Heels Meghan Klingenberg, who was selected last week by Houston in the NWSL Expansion Draft, as well as Nikki Washington, who was traded to the Dash.
Ohai was the Offensive MVP of the 2012 NCAA College Cup and claimed the prestigious Senior CLASS Award in 2013.
Brigman was selected in the second round with the 17th overall pick by Seattle. Brigman led UNC in minutes played during three seasons, including her senior year when she played 2204 minutes and led UNC in assists while starting 24 games as a defender.
Men’s Soccer Faces The Tribe On ‘Local Heroes Night’
CHAPEL HILL - The top-ranked UNC men’s soccer team will be aiming to keep its undefeated season in tact when it hosts William & Mary at Fetzer Field at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.
And apparently 90 minutes of soccer is just not enough for these two squads as both Carolina and William & Mary have played to overtime in each of their last four matches.
So, no one will be betting against some extra minutes of action on ‘Local Heroes Night,’ where free tickets will be available to all veterans, active military, police, fire, and EMS personnel.
UNC keeper Brendan Moore leads the ACC with four clean sheets in 2013, and he will enter the game Tuesday night riding a stretch of not giving up a score in the last 279 minutes.
The match can be seen live on GoHeelsTV and heard live at 8 p.m. on WCHL following Larry Fedora Live. For the first hour of the game, you can hear the call of Paul Connell on our second stream via a link on Chapelboro.com.
No. 1 Men’s Soccer Prevails in OT
BUIES CREEK, NC–Top-ranked UNC escaped with a 1-0 overtime victory over Campbell Tuesday night on Raby George’s goal in the 97th minute.
North Carolina out shot the Camels by a 16-8 margin, but it took going to overtime for the fourth time in five games to grab the win and remain unbeaten through five games.
The first half of play was controlled by Carolina, but it was the second half where the Tar Heels started to get more shots on goal. And finally, despite the defensive-minded efforts of the Camels, UNC hit pay dirt to pull out a close nail-biter on the road and improve to 3-0-2 on the season.
Next up for the Tar Heels is a visit to Virginia Tech on Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
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
|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.|
|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
|Florida State||Coral Springs, Fla.|
|Penn State||Ashburn, Va.|
|UCLA||Menlo Park, Calif.|
|Georgetown||Garden City, N.Y.|
|Navy||St. Paris, Ohio|
|Florida State||Hella, Iceland|
|North Carolina||Rockville Centre, N.Y.|
|Santa Clara||Mesa, Ariz.|
|Notre Dame||East Islip, N.Y.|
|Texas A&M||McKinney, Texas|
|Texas Tech||Highlands Ranch, Colo.|
|Penn State||West Orange, N.J.|
|Santa Clara||Lee’s Summit, Mo.|
|Saint Francis (Pa.)||Cogan Station, Pa.|
|North Carolina||Draper, Utah|
|California||Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.|
|Wake Forest||Melbourne, Fla.|
|Stanford||Eden Prairie, Minn.|
|Tennessee||Whangarei, New Zealand|
Former Tar Heels Help U.S. Women’s National Team To International Friendly Win
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - With the help of five Tar Heels, the U.S. women’s national soccer team earned a comprehensive 3-1 win against the Netherlands in Tuesday’s International Friendly.
Former Tar Heel Tobin Heath scored the match’s opening goal followed by two from teammate Christen Press. All five Carolinians, including Ashlyn Harris who went the whole way in goal for the U.S., Heather O’Reilly, Yael Averbuch, and Meghan Klingenberg, played a major role in the contest.
For more on the contest, click here.