OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Carolina forward Kealia Ohai was named the 2013 Senior CLASS Award winner for Division I women’s soccer Friday.
The award is chosen by a national vote of women’s soccer coaches, media and fans. It is handed out each year to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s soccer.
Winners are selected with notable achievements the areas of classroom, community, character and competition.
Ohai is a member of North Carolina’s Women’s Soccer Leadership Council. She is also involved in the Carolina Leadership Academy program.
“I’m so honored to receive this award. I was grateful to be nominated in the first place and then be named as finalist as well. I’m extremely thankful to all the people who voted for me online as well as the coaches and media members who also cast ballots so I could receive this award,” Ohai says.
The journalism and mass communications major has also been named to the ACC Honor Roll multiple times and was on the UNC Dean’s List as well.
In her spare time, Ohai cared for patients at the UNC Children’s Hospital and participated in the Share Your Holiday program.
“Student-athletes put an incredible amount of time and effort into their sports to reach the highest level. Kealia was able to participate in community service projects while still winning championships and competing on national teams,” Executive Director for the Senior CLASS Award Erik Miner says.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/senior-soccer-standout-kealia-ohai-wins-senior-class-award/
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Carolina senior soccer star Crystal Dunn has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2013 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy.
Dunn took home last year’s trophy on the heels of her incredible performance in guiding the Tar Heels to the national championship.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual intercollegiate award presented annually.
Fifteen semifinalists have been named for both the men’s and women’s divisions. NCAA Division I coaches may vote for their top choices. Voting closes Dec. 10.
Dunn is the first player in ACC history to have been named both ACC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.
The winners of the Hermann Trophy will be announced Jan. 10, 2014.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/crystal-dunn-vies-second-straight-hermann-trophy/
CHAPEL HILL - The NCAA quarterfinal matchup between second-ranked UCLA and fifth-ranked North Carolina lived up to its billing Saturday night as the Bruins advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the first time since 2009, beating the Tar Heels 1-0 in double overtime at Fetzer Field.
UNC saw its season end at 20-5 as it lost an NCAA quarterfinal game for the first time in history (26-1-1 in quarterfinal contests). The Bruins, whose only loss was a 1-0 setback to UNC on September 6, improved to 21-1-2 with their first ever victory over the Tar Heels in nine meetings between the two teams.
It was an evenly played game between the two teams. Both squads had 11 shots and UCLA had a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Katelyn Rowland made four saves while recording the clean sheet for the Bruins. Anna Sieloff made a career high seven saves in her final game in the Tar Heel uniform.
Taylor Smith scored the game-winning goal for the Bruins on a breakaway in the 102nd minute. A ball was sent from the midfield line that found Smith in stride behind the UNC defense. Smith’s initial shot from inside the penalty area was knocked down by Sieloff but the ball pinged directly back to Smith her to poked it inside the right post at 101:31 of the match.
Carolina had to make a defensive adjustment heading into the second overtime as starting defender Katie Bowen was taken off the field in an ambulance with an undisclosed injury with 49 seconds left in the first overtime. Bowen was conscious and alert when she the field to be taken to UNC Hospitals for further evaluation.
The Bruins flighted their through ball to Smith past the area where Bowen normally patrols the middle of the 4-2-3-1 defensive shape.
Sieloff’s seven saves were two more than she had ever had in a Carolina uniform. After UNC outshot the Bruins 7-3 in the first half, UCLA had an 8-4 edge in shots after halftime, including a 4-1 edge in overtime.
Carolina’s best chances to score came in the last minute of the first half when Crystal Dunn’s shot from 15 yards was blocked by the Bruin defense, which has allowed only seven goals in 24 games this season. Kealia Ohai’s shots off a corner kick at 80:39 was the next best chance the Tar Heels had but it just missed the right post. Dunn, who suffered a high ankle sprain 10 minutes into last Sunday’s match against Texas A&M, was limited to 27 minutes due to the injury.
The College Cup matchups next weekend in Cary, N.C., will feature four teams seeking their first ever NCAA Championships in the sport – Virginia vs. UCLA in one semifinal and Florida State and Virginia Tech in the other semifinal. Carolina has won 21 of the previous 31 championships and the Cavaliers, Hokies and Seminoles will all be seeking to become the first ACC other than Carolina to win the title.
Carolina will look to rebound in 2014 with a much younger squad, but one expected to still be very athletic. Saturday night marked the final games for six UNC starters – forward Kealia Ohai, midfielders Crystal Dunn, Meg Morris and Kelly McFarlane, defender Megan Brigman and goalkeeper Anna Sieloff.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/ucla-knocks-womens-soccer-ncaas/
CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 seed UNC women’s soccer team is one win away from returning to the College Cup to defend its national title, but it’s going to have to do so without last year’s player of the year, Crystal Dunn.
“We were playing Texas A&M, and she stepped wrong and developed a high-ankle sprain,” UNC head coach, Anson Dorrance says. “Unfortunately she’s back on the injured list; we’re not sure about her ability to play this weekend.”
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Dunn missed the ACC semifinals and the first round of the NCAAs. She returned to face Indiana in the second round and Texas A&M in the third.
Coach Dorrance says her time off the field has really shown him the strength of the rest of the team.
“Obviously we’re hoping she comes back,” Coach Dorrance says. “The cool thing about losing her actually was watching these young kids step up and fill her spot. It allowed us to compete effectively against A&M. Jo Boyles—a young kid from Raleigh—stepped in and filled Crystal’s minutes.”
UNC has won 22 national titles, including 21 NCAA championships. Collegiate women’s soccer is only 34 years old. Carolina also has a winning percentage of .934.
A win against No. 2 seed UCLA Saturday means consecutive trips to the College Cup. But, Coach Dorrance says this hasn’t been and won’t be the same journey as last season.
“Honestly, this team is stronger thank last year’s,” Coach Dorrance says. “Last year’s run was a miracle run. We were a No. 2 seed. This year’s team is fighting the fact that we’ve got three starters out. Last year’s team did not have that. So even though this year’s team is stronger, the injury bug has taken that off the table.”
The Bruins are 20-1-2 and have shut out each of their opponents in the opening rounds just like Carolina.
“They’ve got excellent leadership in their coaching ranks,” Coach Dorrance says. “They have talent all over the field. They’re a team with a lot of seniors on the field, and, of course, that makes them more dangerous. So, they can certainly not just beat us, but they could also win the national championship.”
But, while Coach Dorrance says he’s concerned about the strength facing him down the sideline in UCLA’s Amanda Cromwell—a former player he coached on a US National team—UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunninham says he’s got the utmost confidence in the veteran leader, Dorrance.
“They do a remarkable job year in and year out, and it begins with the coaching staff with his ability—and the entire staff—to attrack women that are outstanding students and players as well,” Cunningham says.
Heading into the quarterfinals, six of the eight teams remaining were from the ACC. In all, eight ACC teams made it to the big dance with WakeForest and Notre Dame both being knocked out in the third round.
NCAA Quarterfinals (Friday)
Boston College at No. 1 Florida State – 3:00 p.m. – Live Stats/Result
Duke at No. 1 Virginia Tech – 4:00 p.m. – Live Stats/Result
No. 3 Michigan at No. 1 Virginia – 7:00 p.m. – Live Stats/Result
Kickoff between Carolina and UCLA is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Fetzer Field. You can hear all the action live on WCHL immediately following the UNC-Duke football game.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/wsoc-face-ucla-without-dunn/
CHAPEL HILL – UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham says Fetzer Field is Carolina’s athletic facility most in need of upgrades, but money will likely be the deciding factor when it comes down to which programs see improvement first.
“Basketball is such a primary revenue driver for the department, it’s hard to not think about basketball as a way to potentially pay for additional projects,” Cunningham says. “We’re doing them in tandem, but the one I’d like to complete first would be soccer.”
Fetzer Field is the home of the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, six track programs, and the men’s and women’s soccer teams. The facility was constructed in 1935 and saw renovations in 1988-90.
The women’s soccer team is by far the most successful Division I program as it has won 22 national titles in the sport’s 34-year history. The Tar Heels are one win away from going back to the College Cup in search of defending their national title.
The Dean E. Smith Center opened January 18, 1986 and has since seen two expansions—one in 1992 and another in 2000. Its current capacity is just less than 22,000.
Cunningham says there are still more questions than answers about what to do with the Smith Center: renovate or rebuild.
“When you begin the discussion of enhancing an existing facility—particularly a building that’s almost 30 years old—at some point, the efficiency of renovation is surpassed by a new building,” Cunningham says. “So, I think we need to look at both. It’s just too early to tell which of those potential options becomes more appealing over time.”
In March, Cunningham told WCHL that changes to the UNC basketball facility were years away and that the discussions were just beginning. Not much has changed in the eight months since word first broke that changes were coming. And, he says he wants to take the next 12 months to get the answers to what route UNC Athletics should take.
Many of the lower-level seats are reserved for season ticket holders and lifetime seat holders. Those lifetime seat holders are already major contributors to the athletic department financially and ones that could greatly benefit a new venue. But, are the Dean Dome lifetime seat holders guaranteed seats in a potential new facility?
“It’s a great question,” Cunningham says. “That is something that we have to take a look at: what are the obligations that the institution has to the donors, and what obligation do we have to new donors? So, that becomes a very significant question and challenge that we will hope to get some answers to over the next 12 months.”
If renovations are the plan of attack in the 27-year-old facility, Cunningham says one addition could be to add a type of luxury suite or club box much like the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium.
“The suite rights for suites and club seats more than pays for the debt service,” Cunningham says. “In fact, it turns a little bit of revenue back to the general fund for the department. So, if we took that model and applied it to basketball, is there a way to create premium seating that would cover the cost of construction and then increase revenue for the department that would help us fund our other sports.”
Cunningham says that would take some revenue away from individual seats, but may offer the option to gain revenue from the space the seats took up by increased value that square footage would then have.
Cunningham says the bottom line is that no decisions are being made right now but that the athletic department is going to make sure that it can continue to recruit top players, coaches, and contributors.
“How do we preserve one of the best basketball programs in the country and put it in a facility that will continue to attract players and coaches,” Cunningham says. “That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re just trying to sort through what is appropriate right now.”http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/gets-upgrades-first-soccer-basketball/
CHAPEL HILL - The No. 1 UNC women’s soccer team will face off against No. 2 UCLA Saturday in Chapel Hill at 5:00 p.m. for the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals.
Head Coach Anson Dorrance joined Ron Stutts on the WCHL Thursday Morning News to talk about Carolina’s season so far and how the Heels have continued to win despite injuries.
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You can catch the quarterfinal action right here on 97.9 FM WCHL or streaming live on Chapelboro.com.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/coach-anson-dorrance-uncs-success-despite-injuries/
CHAPEL HILL - Summer Green scored a pair of goals and Anna Sieloff had a stellar game in goal to lead fifth-ranked North Carolina past 13th-ranked Texas A&M 2-0 in the third round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament before 806 fans at chilly Fetzer Field Sunday afternoon.
The Tar Heels’ win earns them a home quarterfinal game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. The defending NCAA champion Tar Heels will play host to second-ranked UCLA Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the quarterfinal round at Fetzer Field.
The Tar Heels improved to 20-4 with the victory while Texas A&M finished its season with a record of 18-5-2. This marks Carolina’s first 20-win season since the 2009 campaign when that NCAA championship team finished at 23-3-1.
Green scored both of the goals in the game for the Tar Heels. The sophomore striker from Milford, Mich., has been on fire in the last 10 games, recording five goals and five assists during that span. She now has nine goals and six assists in 24 games overall this season.
On the other end of the field, Anna Sieloff made four saves in goal, just one shy of her career high. But the quality of Sieloff’s saves were amazing as she made some huge stops midway through the second half that allowed the Tar Heels to keep their separation from the Aggies.
UNC had to rely on its bench to help overcome the Southeastern Conference Tournament champion Aggies. With Alexa Newfield out of the lineup after being hurt against Indiana Friday night, the Tar Heels then lost Crystal Dunn 19 minutes into the match with an unspecified leg injury. But Tar Heels Brooke Elby, Joanna Boyles, Cameron Castleberry and Paige Nielsen were huge off the bench for UNC, recording 77, 65, 49 and 44 minutes, respectively.
The Tar Heels took advantage of a counterattack to score their first goal less than three minutes into the game. After a corner kick for A&M, the Heels were able to gain possession and were off to the races to the other end of the pitch for a four-on-three. Summer Green dribbled virtually the entire way and when A&M defenders stayed with other Tar Heels, she blasted a shot from the top of the box that caromed inadvertently off an A&M defender and into the back of the goal for Green’s eighth score of the season.
Carolina outshot the Aggies 10-3 in the opening 45 minutes but could not gain a second goal before halftime. The second half was more even with UNC taking nine shots and Texas A&M eight. Both goalkeepers made three second half saves.
UNC caught a break when Green’s shot just a minute and a half into the second period was blocked down by an A&M defender in the box for a penalty kick. Green calmly stepped to the 12-yard spot and drove a kick into the left side for a 2-0 lead at 46:36 of the match.
It’s ironic that would end up being the final score because both teams had several more great opportunities to score. Sieloff’s first big save of the second half came against Annie Kunz at 48:08 as she had a breakaway past the UNC defense but her shot from 15 yards was deflected by Sieloff’s fingertips and rolled just barely past the right post for a corner kick.
At 53:42, Green almost finished off a hat trick but her shot from 20 yards was parried off the cross bar at the last second by A&M goalkeeper Jordan Day. Less than a minute later, Joanna Boyles had a chance off a corner kick that was cleared out by an Aggie defender for at the last moment.
Sieloff would go on to make two more top-flight saves for the Tar Heels both on shots by Kelly Monogue. She stopped a Monogue shot at 56:51. In the 71st minute, Sieloff had to come out of her box on a breakaway by A&M and received a yellow card for colliding with Shea Groom just a yard outside of the penalty area. Monogue’s shot on the free kick went past the Carolina wall but was knocked down by Sieloff and eventually cleared away by the UNC defense over the line for a corner kick
Ironically, that shot and save at 70:42 seemed to end whatever momentum A&M had at the time. After recording eight shots in the opening 25:42 of the second half, Carolina won back the run of play and salted away the win, not allowing a shot by the Aggies in the final 19 minutes.
Overall, UNC outshot Texas A&M 19-11 and had an 8-5 edge in corner kicks.
UNC improved to 14-2 all-time in games against Texas A&M and is 4-0 against the Aggies in NCAA Tournament games, all of which were played at Fetzer Field.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/green-sieloff-lead-wsoc-past-aggies-2-0-ncaa-3rd-round/
CHAPEL HILL - Crystal Dunn and Paige Nielseneach scored a goal and assisted on another and Satara Murray assisted on a pair of tallies to power fifth-ranked North Carolina to a 4-0 victory over Indiana Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament before 2,019 fans at Fetzer Field.
With the victory, the Tar Heels improved to 19-4 on the season and will play host to 13th-ranked Texas A&M (18-4-2) Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field in an NCAA third round game. The Hoosiers, who were in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, saw their season end at 15-7-1. The Aggies advanced to the third round Sunday after surviving a battle with in-state rival Texas Tech. The game ended after two overtimes at 2-2 before A&M earned advancement on penalty kicks 4-3.
Dunn, the 2012 Hermann Trophy winner, returned to the Tar Heel lineup for the first time since she suffered a hamstring injury in practice on November 5. She had missed Carolina’s ACC Tournament semifinal loss to Florida State and the Tar Heels’ NCAA first round win over Liberty.
Against the Hoosiers, she made her presence felt virtually immediately. In the first 33 minutes of the match, the Tar Heels peppered the Hoosiers’ net with 11 shots but were unable to get anything past IU goalkeeper Shannon Flower. The best of those 11 opportunities came off the foot of Brooke Elby who rifled a shot from 20 yards off the left post at 32:13 of the match.
Dunn replaced Joanna Boyles in the lineup at 33:59 and just a little over three minutes later it was 1-0 Carolina. Paige Nielsen flicked a ball on to Tar Heel freshman Cameron Castleberry on the right side. Dunn made a run down the center of the pitch and one-timed Castleberry’s brilliant cross into the right side of the goal at 37:41. It was her 14th goal of the campaign, the most by a Tar Heel since Kealia Ohai had 14 goals in 2010.
The Tar Heels outshot the Hoosiers 12-1 in the first half but they were even better offensively in the second half, scoring three goals on 11 shots. It was less than five minutes into the period that Carolina scored to give it some separation from the Hoosiers. UNC began the second half in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Dunn starting the final 45 minutes. She got involved in the scoring again at the 49:06 mark as she fed freshman Amber Munerlyn in the box and the first-year striker finished her chance in a clinical manner to the goalie’s left from eight yards out. Summer Green fed Dunn on the play and Dunn’s dribbling prowess then found the open Munerlyn for the putaway.
Carolina almost made it 3-0 at the 60:13 mark as Satara Murray‘s header off a Paige Nielsen corner kick was denied by the cross bar. Kelly McFarlane pounced on the rebound and appeared to have scored but a defender pushed the ball back out across the line before the assistant referee could signal a goal.
In the end the slight to McFarlane’s scoring ledger did not matter in the team outcome as the Tar Heels struck for a pair of goals in the final 11 minutes of the match to overcome a six-save performance by Indiana’s Flower and win handily. Carolina matched its season high for goals in a game for the second straight contest.
At 79:53, Kealia Ohai took a pass from Satara Murray and scored from the left side of the box from 15 yards, bending the ball inside the far post. It was Ohai’s 11th goal of the campaign. The Tar Heels then finished off the scoring at 85:52 as Paige Nielsen notched her sixth goal of the season and second of the NCAA Tournament. Vicky Bruce fed a ball to Satara Murray who carried it down the right wing, feeding the ball across to Nielsen who redirected it with her head just inside the near post.
Carolina finished with a 23-10 edge in shots, including a 10-2 margin in shots on goal. The Tar Heels had a 6-1 edge in corner kicks. Goalkeepers Anna Sieloff and Bryane Heaberlin shared the clean sheet, UNC’s 14th of the season in 23 matches. The defensive back line of Murray, Megan Brigman, Hanna Gardner and Katie Bowen again was stellar, limiting Indiana to just two shots.
Carolina and Texas A&M will play each other in NCAA Tournament action on Sunday for the fourth time. All three previous meetings were in NCAA quarterfinal games in Chapel Hill with UNC winning all three of those contests. UNC leads the all-time series 13-2 but the Tar Heels lost their most recent meeting against the Aggies, falling 4-3 in overtime in a 2011 regular-season matchup.
All eight ACC teams which were invited to the NCAA Tournament won their second round matches so half of the Round of 16 field will include teams from the league.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/wsoc-dunns-return-fuels-4-0-ncaa-win-hoosiers/
CHAPEL HILL - The University of North Carolina women’s soccer program has received the honor of hosting second and third round games in the NCAA Tournament this Friday and Sunday at Fetzer Field.
In Friday’s second round games Texas A&M and Tech Tech will meet at 3:30 p.m. followed by Indiana versus North Carolina at 6 p.m.
The two second round winners will meet on Sunday in the NCAA third round at 1 p.m.
Tickets each day will be general admission and priced at $8 for adults, $5 for students (aged seven through college) and senior citizens (55 plus) and $3 for groups of 20 or more. Ages six and under will be admitted free of charge.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the GoHeels.com Ticket Center. On game days, tickets will be available at the Carmichael Arena ticket office. It opens at 2:30 p.m. Friday and 12 noon Sunday.
All three games this weekend will be shown live on GoHeelsTV and live stats will be available via Gametracker.
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TAR HEELS CONTINUE HUNT FOR NCAA TITLE FRIDAY: The University of North Carolina women’s soccer team will continue the defense of its 2012 NCAA championship Friday when the Tar Heels play host to Indiana University at Fetzer Field. Game time is 6 p.m.
The matchup between the Tar Heels (18-4) and the Hoosiers (15-6-1) is the second of two NCAA second-round games being played Thursday in Chapel Hill. In the first match, Southeastern Conference Tournament champion Texas A&M (18-4-1) will meet up against Texas Tech (18-2-2), an at-large bid recipient from the Big 12 Conference, at 3:30 p.m.
The survivors of the two Friday games will meet Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field in the NCAA third round. The winner of that match advances to the NCAA quarterfinals the following weekend.
Coach Anson Dorrance’s Tar Heels enter the NCAA Tournament second round with a record of 18-4 after earning an at-large invitation to the tournament. Carolina is the only school in the nation to have qualified for all 32 NCAA Tournaments since the initial event was held in 1982. Indiana received an at-large bid from the Big 10 Conference.
ONE OF THE FOUR NO. 1 SEEDS: North Carolina received one of the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 seeds for the first time since 2010. The Tar Heels are one of four ACC teams to earn No. 1 seeds in this year’s tournament. Virginia came into the championship as the overall No 1 seed with Florida State the overall No. 2 seed, Virginia Tech the overall No. 3 seed and North Carolina the overall No. 4 seed. The No. 2 seeds in order are UCLA, Florida, Nebraska and Marquette. The Golden Eagles suffered the first major upset of the opening weekend of the tournament, falling to Western Michigan 1-0 in the first round in Milwaukee, Wis.
Last season, UNC was a No. 2 seed (the overall Top 2 seed in the bracket) and upset three No. 1 seeds (BYU, Stanford, Penn State in that order) in the quarterfinal through championship rounds to claim its 21st NCAA championship and 22nd overall national title.
CAROLINA AS A SEEDED TEAM: In 32 previous NCAA Tournaments, Carolina has received an overall Top 4 seed on 29 of the 32 occasions. In 2013, has regained status as one of the four top seeds in the overall bracket.
Exceptions to that rule are as follows.UNC was the overall No. 5 seed in 2000 but ended up winning the national championship. In 2005, the tournament went to its current structure with four pods of 16 teams (for a total of 64) with four seeded teams in each part of the bracket. UNC was a No. 3 seed in 2011 (reached the NCAA third round) and a No. 2 seed in 2012 (won the national championship).
The Tar Heels were the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed on 17 occasions – in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007.
Thirteen of Carolina’s 21 NCAA championships happened when the Tar Heels were the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.
FINAL REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS: After a 2-1 overtime loss in the ACC Tournament semifinals on November 8, North Carolina finished the regular-season ranked fifth in all three major national polls. UNC is No. 5 in the NSCAA coaches poll, No. 5 in the Soccer America poll and No. 5 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.
Virginia was ranked No. 1 in the final NSCAA poll while ACC Tournament champion Florida State was ranked first by Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer.
TICKETS FOR FRIDAY AND SUNDAY: All tickets for Friday’s games in the NCAA Tournament second round are general admission. Tickets Friday are good for admission to both the Texas A&M-Texas Tech game as well as the North Carolina-Indiana game.
Tickets price are $8 for adults, $3 for groups of 20 or more and $5 senior citizens (55 and above) and students (ages 7 through college age). Children six-and-under will be admitted free of charge.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the GoHeels.com Ticket Center. Tickets can also be purchased on game day. The Carmichael Arena Ticket Office will open at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Ticket prices for Sunday’s NCAA third round game will be the same as Friday. The Carmichael Arena Ticket Office will open at 12 noon on Sunday.
SECOND AND THIRD ROUND GAMES STREAMED LIVE ON GOHEELSTV: Friday’s NCAA Tournament second round games between Texas A&M and Tech Tech and between North Carolina and Indiana will be streamed live on GoHeelsTV. There is no charge for the live streaming. The winners of the two Friday games will meet in the NCAA third round on Sunday at 1 p.m. and that game will also be streamed live on GoHeelsTV for no charge.
Kyle Straub will provide play-by-play coverage of all three gaames. Check the GoHeelsTV section of GoHeels.com for direct links to the webcasts.
LIVE STATS FRIDAY AND SUNDAY: Live stats for Friday’s games in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Fetzer Field will be available via CBS College Sports Gametracker. Links will be available for both the Texas A&M-Texas Tech game and the UNC-Indiana game.
Fetzer Field will also host the NCAA third round game at 1 p.m. Sunday between the winners of the two games on Friday. Check for a live stats link on GoHeels.com Sunday for that game.
ALSO FOLLOW VIA TWITTER: Fans will also be able to follow the game through Twitter updates at @ncwomenssoccer and @uncwomenssoccer.
CAROLINA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: North Carolinais currently participating in the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd time in school history. Carolina is the only school in the nation to have appeared in each of the previous 31 tournament fields.
Carolina has won 21 of the previous 31 NCAA Tournament crowns. Overall, UNC has an NCAA Tournament record of 116-8-3, a winning percentage of .925. UNC has won at least two games in every NCAA Tournament it has ever played in. The Tar Heels have played in 26 NCAA College Cups in the previous 31 years.
In addition to 21 NCAA championships, UNC has finished second three times and third on another two occasions. UNC is 24-2 all-time in NCAA semifinal games and 21-3 overall in NCAA championship games.
UNC has reached at least the NCAA Round of 16 (currently the third round in a 64-team bracket) in every tournament played to date. Only four times (2005, 2007, 2010, 2011) have the Tar Heels failed to advance to at least the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round. In 27 NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearances, UNC has an astounding record of 26-0-1.
CAROLINA VERSUS INDIANA: Friday night’s game will mark only the second ever meeting between North Carolina and Indiana in women’s soccer.
In the only previous meeting, Carolina beat the Hoosiers 6-0 on September 15, 1995 at the Collegiate Americas Cup in St. Louis, Mo.
DUNN NAMED ACC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: North Carolina senior midfielder Crystal Dunn was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 in a vote of the conference’s head coaches. She is the first player in conference history to earn both defensive and offensive player of the year honors during her career. Dunn was the ACC defensive player of the year in both 2010 and 2012.
Dunn is only the second player in ACC history to be named a conference player of the year on three occasions. Mia Hamm won the award three times (1990, 1992, 1993) when there was only an overall player of the year in the league (the awards were split by the league into offensive and defensive awards in the mid-2000s).
Both Dunn and Hamm wore the #19 uniform number at Carolina.
ACC AWARDS FOR THE TAR HEELS: North Carolina senior midfielder Crystal Dunn and North Carolina senior forward Kealia Ohai were both named first-team All-ACC in 2013. Sophomore forward Summer Green was named third-team All-ACC while freshman forward Amber Munerlyn was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Dunn was named first-team All-ACC during each of her four years at Carolina. Ohai was a first-team All-ACC selection on three occasions (2010, 2012, 2013) as well as being named to the All-ACC second team in 2011.
A BAKER’S DOZEN GOALS FOR DUNN: Crystal Dunn’s 13 goals in 2013 are the most for the Tar Heels in a season since Kealia Ohai tallied 14 goals for the Tar Heels in 2010. Dunn has missed four games out of UNC’s total of 22 this season. She missed two games because of duty with the U.S. National Team and two games because of injury.
Kealia Ohai scored a pair of goals for Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against Liberty. That gives her 10 goals for the season. This is the second time in her career that Ohai has reached double digits in goals in a season. She had 14 as a freshman in 2010.
THE CAROLINA IRON WOMEN: Crystal Dunn has sat out the past two Carolina games after suffering a hamstring injury in practice on November 5.
She missed Carolina’s 2-1 overtime loss against Florida State in the ACC Tournament semifinals November 8 and the Tar Heels’ 4-0 win over Liberty in the NCAA first round on November 16. Those were only the second and third games in Dunn’s career that she missed due to injury. The other occasion was against Wake Forest in the 2010 ACC Tournament semifinals. She has also missed nine other games in her career due to national team duties.
Senior forward Kealia Ohai and senior midfielder Kelly McFarlane have NEVER missed a Carolina game in their careers due to injury.
Ohai has played in 83 career games, missing only six games in her junior season while she played on the U.S. U20 National Team that won the gold medal at that year’s World Cup in Japan. Ohai has started 81 of the 83 games she has played in during her career at Carolina. Ohai moved into the starting lineup on August 27, 2010 versus Stanford in the first home game of her freshman year. She came off the bench in her first two career games against Texas A&M and Michigan State. Her starting assignment versus Indiana on Friday will be her 81st in a row.
Senior midfielder Kelly McFarlane has played in EVERY Tar Heel game over the past four seasons. She has never missed a game due to injury. She has now played in 89 career games.
Ohai and McFarlane are also the only two Tar Heels to have started all 22 games during the 2013 season.
2013 SHUTOUTS: Carolina has posted 13 shutouts in its first 22 games of the 2013 season. The Tar Heels are ranked 11th of 323 teams in NCAA Division I in goals against average at 0.543. UNC is tied for 15th in the nation in shutout percentage at 0.591.
The Tar Heel defense is anchored by goalkeepers Anna Sieloff and Bryane Heaberlin as well as by a quintet of rotating starting defenders which have included during the course of the season senior Megan Brigman, juniors Caitlin Ball and Satara Murray and sophomores Hanna Gardner and Katie Bowen.
Senior goalkeeper Anna Sieloff currently ranks eighth in the nation in goals against average at 0.484. Sieloff will be making her second start in an NCAA Tournament game Friday versus Indiana. This will be her sixth NCAA Tournament game appearance. She has allowed a mere six goals in 1,116 minutes this season and two of those were own goals.
JUST TWICE SINCE 1986: Carolina’s 2-0 setback against Virginia on October 20 of this season marked only the second loss for the Tar Heels by a margin of more than one goal in 690 games.
That streak traced back to the opening game of the 1986 season. Carolina’s only other loss since that time by a margin of greater than a goal came on November 20, 2010 when the Tar Heels lost 4-1 at Fetzer Field against Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament third round.
IT’S ALL ABOUT SCORING (AND WELL DEFENDING TOO): Since the start of the 2006 campaign on August 25, 2006 at Texas A&M, North Carolina has scored at least one goal in 177 of the past 196 games.
Carolina is 159-10-8 in games in which it has scored at least one goal during that time. Over the same period of time, UNC is 0-16-3 in the 19 games in which it has failed to score.
In those 196 contests, UNC has shutout its opponents 106 times and gone 103-0-3 in those games.
DID YOU KNOW…: North Carolina would have to lose its next 708 games in a row for Head Coach Anson Dorrance to have a .500 coaching winning percentage in his career at the helm of the Tar Heels.
UNC enters this Friday’s game versus Indiana with an all-time record of 761-53-29. Dorrance has coached the Tar Heels in all 843 of their games.
DID YOU KNOW, PART 2…: When North Carolina lost to Notre Dame 1-0 on September 15 and to Florida State 1-0 on September 18, it marked the first time since October 16, 1982 and October 17, 1982 that the Tar Heels had lost back-to-back games in regulation time.
The Tar Heels lost to Missouri-St. Louis 2-1 on October 16, 1982 and to Cortland State 2-1 on October 17, 1982 with both games being played at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
It took another 31 years for the Tar Heels to lose back-to-back games in regulation time.
OHAI NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST: Thirty NCAA women’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates on August 21 for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer. Amongst the 30 women’s candidates was Kealia Ohai, senior forward for the University of North Carolina and a Draper, Utah native.
On October 15, Ohai was named one of the 10 finalists for the 2013 award. She is the sixth Tar Heel in the seven years of the award to be named a Senior CLASS Award finalist.
The other Tar Heels so designated were Jessica Maxwell in 2007, Yael Averbuch in 2008, Kristi Eveland in 2009, Ali Hawkins in 2010 and Amber Brooks in 2012.
Hawkins won the Senior CLASS Award in 2010.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women’s College Cup® championship in December.
Ballots have been distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
To vote for your favorite candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com. Voting for the award will conclude on November 25, 2013.
TAR HEELS TAP CAPTAINS: Four Tar Heel seniors share captain’s honors in 2013. This group includes forward Kealia Ohai, midfielders Crystal Dunn and Kelly McFarlane and goalkeeper Anna Sieloff.
CAROLINA IN SEASON OPENERS: After a 2-0 win over Santa Clara on August 23 of this season, UNC improved to 29-4-2 all-time in season openers with losses in 1983 (road), 2006 (road), 2007 (home) and 2012 (road) and ties in 1985 (home) and 2002 (road).
UNC IN HOME OPENERS: North Carolina has a record of 31-1-3 in home openers all-time. The only loss came to South Carolina 1-0 in 2007 and the ties were against George Mason in 1985, against Stanford in 2010 and against Florida in 2012.
THE ALL-TIME RECORD: UNC heads into its match against Indiana with a record of 761-53-29 overall, a winning percentage of .920.
AVERAGE RECORD PER YEAR: UNC’s average record per year in its 35 years of soccer is 21.74 wins per year, 1.51 losses per year and 0.83 ties per year.
SOCIAL MEDIA: You can follow match action on Twitter at @ncwomenssoccer (official feed) and @uncwomenssoccer (players feed).
Live stats for all Carolina matches will also be available on GoHeels.com.
SHUTOUTS ARE INFREQUENT: UNC’s 2-0 loss to Virginia on October 20, 2013 was only the 37th time the Tar Heels have been shut out in their history. Altogether, UNC has played 843 matches since 1979. They have been blanked on the scoreboard in only 4.4 percent of the games they have played in. Carolina has suffered 27 shutout losses in its history. The Tar Heels have also played 10 scoreless ties in their history history.
TAR HEELS GARNER 750TH PROGRAM WIN: North Carolina earned the 750th victory in program history when the Tar Heels defeated Virginia Tech 2-1 on September 12, 2013 in Blacksburg, Va. With the win, UNC opened the ACC portion of its schedule with a victory for only the second time in the last four years. In addition, it was Carolina’s first victory at Blacksburg since 2007 and a significant win in UNC’s 2013 RPI profile as the Hokies went on to earn a No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed.
With the program having now achieved the milestone of getting more than 3/4s of the way to 1,000 overall victories, it is imperative to note they have all come under the tutelage of legendary head coach Anson Dorrance.
The Hall of Fame Tar Heel coach also won 172 games as the coach of UNC’s men’s team from 1977-88.
Dorrance heads into the Indiana game with 761 wins as the women’s head coach and 933 victories at the Division I overall.
AN UNDEFEATED, UNTIED NON-CONFERENCE SEASON: With a win over West Virginia 4-2 on September 8, Carolina completed its first undefeated and untied record in non-conference regular-season matches since 2005.
The 2013 Tar Heels wound up their non-conference slate at 6-0-0. The Tar Heels were 8-0-0 in non-conference regular-season games in 2005.
OHAI’S & DUNN’S CAREER NUMBERS: Kealia Ohai has recorded 104 points in her Tar Heel career heading into the Indiana game. With an assist on a goal by Meg Morris in the ACC Tournament semifinals against Florida State, Ohai became the 27th player in UNC history to reach the 100-point plateau.
Her 104 career points put her in a tie for 23rd place in Carolina history in career points with Courtney Jones.
Ohai has scored 39 goals in her career. That equals the 20th highest total in UNC history. Shannon Higgins (1986-89) also scored 39 goals in her career.
Crystal Dunn has scored 30 goals in her Tar Heel career heading into Friday. That equals the 33rd highest total in UNC history (tied with Lori Chalupny 2002-05).
30 GOALS, 20 ASSISTS: North Carolina is one of just three schools in the country, joinng Ole Miss and Denver, to have a pair of players with both 30 career goals and 20 career assists. Altogether, there are 21 players in the NCAA Division I ranks who have achieved that milestone.
Ohai enters Friday’s game with 39 goals and 26 assists for 104 career points while Dunn has 30 goals and 24 assists for 84 career points.
FIFTEEN ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAS SINCE 2005: UNC has had 16 selections for the Capital One Academic All-America first, second and third teams since 2005. Carolina also had seven women’s soccer players named Academic All-Americas from 1983-2001, giving the program 23 selections since the Academic All-America program began in 1983. Following is a summary of the 23 selections since 1983.
After being named CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District earlier this month, junior defender Caitlin Ball is now on the ballot and is eligible to become the 24th Academic All-America in UNC history.
UNC’S U20 WORLD CHAMPIONS OVER THE YEARS: When they won the gold medal at the 2012 U20 World Cup, Kealia Ohai, Crystal Dunn and Bryane Heaberlin continued the legacy of outstanding UNC players who have won championships at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cups since 2002. Carolina players have played key roles in all three tournament championships for the USA.
The U.S. beat Germany 1-0 in the final game in Tokyo. Ohai scored the game-winning goal in the match, Dunn had the game-winning assist and Heaberlin played all 90 minutes in goal, shutting out the German side.
In 2002, six Tar Heels were on the American roster – Lindsay Tarpley, Amy Steadman, Lori Chalupny, Heather O’Reilly, Kendall Fletcher and Ashlyn Harris. All but Steadman started in the gold medal game for the U.S. against Canada in Edmonton, Alberta. Tarpley’s goal in overtime on a rebound of her own saved shot lifted the U.S. to that title 1-0.
In 2008, a pair of UNC players – Nikki Washington and Meghan Klingenberg – started on the U.S. team which beat North Korea in the championship game on December 7, 2008 in Santiago, Chile. That same day, their UNC teammates defeated Notre Dame 2-1 to win the NCAA championship, their 20th national title, in Cary, N.C. at WakeMed Soccer Park.http://chapelboro.com/news/womens-soccer-continues-hunt-national-title-repeat/