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.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/dunn-ohai-selected-2014-nwsl-draft/

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.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-soccer-plays-tribe-on-local-heroes-night/

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.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/no-1-mens-soccer-prevails-in-ot/

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

NAMECLASSPOS.SCHOOLHOMETOWN
Andre BlakeJr.KConnecticutMay Pen, Jamaica
John McCarthySr.KLa SalleCinnaminson, N.J.
Tyler MillerJr.KNorthwesternWoodbury, N.J.
Spencer RicheySr.KWashingtonSeattle
Nick HagglundSr.DXavierCincinnati
Sebastien IbeaghaJr.DDukeMissouri City, Texas
Anthony ManningJr.DSaint LouisMesquite, Texas
Boyd OkwuonuJr.DNorth CarolinaEdmond, Okla.
Tim ParkerJr.DSt. John’sHicksville, N.Y.
Matt PolsterJr.DSIUELas Vegas
Patrick SlogicSr.DCornellColorado Springs, Colo.
Cristobal SotoSr.DAmericanSantiago, Chile
Nicholas WalkerSr.DFairleigh DickinsonPort of Spain, Trinidad
Kyle VenterSr.DNew MexicoAurora, Colo.
Romena BowieSr.MVirginia CommonwealthSt. Mary’s, Jamaica
Omar MataSr.MTulsaTulsa, Okla.
Pedro RibeiroSr.MCoastal CarolinaBelo Horizonte, Brazil
Joseph SchmidSr.MMonmouthKingston, Pa.
Jared WattsSr.MWake ForestStatesville, N.C.
Liam CollinsSr.MMemphisSkibbereen, Ireland
Tyler GibsonSr.MCharlotteKnoxville, Tenn.
Gideon AsanteSr.FOld DominionSunyani, Ghana
Reinaldo BrenesSr.FAkronCiudad Colon, Puerto Rico
Mamadou Diouf*Sr.FConnecticutDakar, Senegal
David GenoSr.FEast Tennessee StateKingsport, Tenn.
Giuseppe GentileJr.FCharlotteCharlotte, N.C.
Robbie Kristo*Jr.FSaint LouisSt. Louis
Cristian MataSo.FTulsaTulsa, Okla.
Patrick Mullins#Sr.FMarylandNew Orleans
Steve Neumann*Sr.FGeorgetownNew Hope, Pa.
Makenzie PridhamSr.FCal PolyToronto
Mark SherrodJr.FMemphisKnoxville, Tenn.
Christian VoleskyJr.FSIUELas Vegas
Reed WilliamsSr.FUCLANewport Beach, Calif.

2013 Women’s MAC Hermann Watch List

NAME

CLASS

POS

SCHOOLHOMETOWN
Kelsey Wys

Sr.

K

Florida StateCoral Springs, Fla.
Aubrey Bledsoe

Sr.

K

Wake ForestCincinnati
Elizabeth Hoerner

Sr.

K

NavyLititz, Pa.
Whitney Church

Jr.

D

Penn StateAshburn, Va.
Abigail Dahlkemper

Jr.

D

UCLAMenlo Park, Calif.
Marissa Diggs

Sr.

D

UCFRowlett, Texas
Arin Gilliland

Jr.

D

KentuckyLexington, Ky.
Emily Menges

Sr.

D

GeorgetownGarden City, N.Y.
Jade Seabrook

Jr.

D

NavySt. Paris, Ohio
Natasha Anasi*

Sr.

D

DukeArlington, Texas
Jessie Ayers

Jr.

M

Colorado CollegeSeattle
Dagny Brynjarsdottir

Jr.

M

Florida StateHella, Iceland
Daphne Corboz*

Jr.

M

GeorgetownGreenbrook, N.J.
Vanessa DiBernardo

Sr.

M

IllinoisNaperville, Ill.
Crystal Dunn#

Sr.

M

North CarolinaRockville Centre, N.Y.
Julie Johnston*

Sr.

M

Santa ClaraMesa, Ariz.
Cari Roccaro

So.

M

Notre DameEast Islip, N.Y.
Meghan Streight

Jr.

M

Texas A&MMcKinney, Texas
Janine Beckie

So.

F

Texas TechHighlands Ranch, Colo.
Jonelle Filigno

Sr.

F

RutgersMississauga, Ontario
Amanda Frisbie

Sr.

F

PortlandMcKinney, Texas
Kristen Hamilton

Sr.

F

DenverLittleton, Colo.
Maya Hayes*

Sr.

F

Penn StateWest Orange, N.J.
Morgan Marlborough

Sr.

F

Santa ClaraLee’s Summit, Mo.
Tesa McKibben

Sr.

F

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

Sr.

F

North CarolinaDraper, Utah
Ifeoma Onumonu

So.

F

CaliforniaRancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Katie Stengel

Sr.

F

Wake ForestMelbourne, Fla.
Taylor Uhl

Jr.

F

StanfordEden Prairie, Minn.
Hannah Wilkinson

Jr.

F

TennesseeWhangarei, New Zealand
Lynn Williams

Jr.

F

PepperdineFresno, Calif.
http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/three-tar-heels-vying-for-top-soccer-honor/

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.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/former-tar-heels-help-u-s-womens-national-team-to-international-friendly-win-2/