MALIBU, CA – The ninth-ranked North Carolina women’s soccer team was shut out for the third time in four matches this season as it fell to 17th-ranked Pepperdine 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
Carolina traveled West for the weekend and earned a 0-0 tie at top-ranked UCLA Friday night before falling to the Waves on Sunday.
Pepperdine got the only goal it needed at the 70:03 mark of the match when Lynn Williams scored an unassisted tally, her second of the year.
That goal held up as Pepperdine outshot the Tar Heels 10-9 on the day. For the second successive game, the Tar Heels had trouble putting shots on frame. They did not have a shot on goal against the Bruins and had only one against the Waves. For UNC, starting goalkeeper Lindsey Harris made two saves and Bryane Heaberlin, who played the second half, also made two saves.
Pepperdine outshot the Tar Heels 5-2 in the first half while Carolina outshot the Waves 7-5 in the second half.
Things get no easier for Carolina as it must bounce back against a pair of talented teams next weekend when it plays Penn State at 5 p.m. Friday and Arkansas at 12 noon Sunday in the Duke Nike Classic at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Pepperdine improved to 4-0 on the season with the victory. The Waves have allowed only one goal in four games and recorded their third straight shutout of the campaign.
UNC starters Summer Green (forward) and Hanna Gardner (defender) missed Sunday’s game versus Pepperdine. Their status is day-to-day heading into next weekend’s contests.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/womens-soccer-17-pepperdine-blanks-9-unc-1-0/
LOS ANGELES, CAL – In a rematch of last year’s NCAA quarterfinals, ninth-ranked North Carolina and top-ranked UCLA fought for 110 minutes Friday night at Drake Stadium, but neither team was able to dent the scoreboard as the match ended in a 0-0 tie in collegiate women’s soccer action.
UNC is now 1-1-1 on the season after playing its second overtime match against a Pac 12 Conference foe in the first three games of the season. The defending NCAA champion Bruins are now 2-0-1. The two teams had met last November 30 in the NCAA quarterfinals at Fetzer Field with the Bruins prevailing 1-0 in double overtime en route to winning their first national championship.
Friday’s game was the 11th in history between the two teams and Carolina now leads the all-time series 9-1-1.
Not unexpectedly, the game was a defensive-oriented encounter. UCLA ended with a 12-4 edge in shots and a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks. In its opening two games, UCLA had beaten Maryland and UC-Irvine by 3-0 scores, while outshooting its two opponents 44-1. None of UNC’s four shots were on frame, only the second time that has happened to UNC’s offense in history, and UCLA has not conceded a shot on goal in three games this year.
The game was only the 11th scoreless tie in Carolina’s history, the last being a 0-0 stalemate between Florida and Carolina at Fetzer Field on August 24, 2012.
The Bruins outshot the Tar Heels 6-0 in the opening half of play but junior goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin kept the Bruins off the scoreboard with five saves in the opening 45 minutes. Those five saves set a career high for Heaberlin. She had four saves in Carolina’s 1-0 victory at Boston College on October 13, 2013.
Lindsey Harris came on in the second half in the goal for UNC and she made one save as the Bruins outshot Carolina 6-4 in the second half and overtime. Harris made a spectacular save on a shot by Sam Mewis in the 64th minute of play. Carolina’s best chance to score in the second half came on a hard shot by Summer Green in the 81st minute that went high.
Carolina had one shot in the first overtime and UCLA had two shots in the second overtime. Four minutes into the second overtime, Megan Oyster had a dangerous shot from distance for the Bruins but it skipped wide. The Bruins had one more shot in the waning seconds but it went high and the game ended at 0-0.
UNC will continue its West Coast trip on Sunday when it plays at #17 Pepperdine at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT). The Waves are 3-0 this season after routing Florida Atlantic 4-0 Friday night.
UNC’s women’s soccer heads west for the weekend to battle No. 1 ranked UCLA Friday in Los Angeles.
UNC pulled out a 1-0 win over unranked Ohio State in the final game of the Carolina Nike Classic in Chapel Hill. Freshman forward Megan Buckingham led the Heels to victory with a goal in the 73rd minute of play.
The Bruins, however, have yet to falter, starting their season with 3-0 wins at home over both Maryland and UC Irvine.
After dropping to No. 9 in the NSCAA’s coaches’ poll following a season opener loss, the Tar Heels have will have a chance to redeem themselves if they can manage a victory over the Bruins.
The Heels also have a game scheduled on Sunday against Pepperdine in Malibu. You can watch the UCLA game broadcasted on the Pac 12 Network.http://chapelboro.com/unc-womens-soccer-2/unc-womens-soccer-faces-unbeaten-ucla/
The No. 9 UNC women’s soccer team, 1-1 on the season, heads west hoping for some revenge when it takes on top-ranked and defending national champions, the UCLA Bruins, Friday night at 10 p.m. The Bruins knocked the Tar Heels out of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
Meanwhile, the UNC men’s team, ranked No. 6 in the preseason, begins its regular season in Chapel Hill this weekend.
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Head coach Anson Dorrance says he’s really encouraged by the play of his talented, but young women’s squad in the opening weekend of action at the Carolina Nike Classic that saw the Tar Heels split a pair of games against top-flight competition in the form of No. 4 Stanford and Ohio State.
“I like my team. I think we’ve got some promise. Against a very experienced and talented Stanford team, I thought we were the dominant team and created a lot of chances in that game,” Coach Dorrance says.
Freshman Megan Buckingham leads the youth movement on UNC’s roster. Buckingham scored the winning goal against OSU in the second half of a thrilling 1-0 victory Sunday at Fetzer Field in front of over 2,400 fans.
Buckingham says she’s been motivated and pushed hard by the upperclassmen.
“They’re welcoming, but then they also push you to be the best that you can be. Even at practice, if you’re having a bad day, they lift you up. If you’re having a really good day, they push you harder,” Buckingham says.
One of those influential upperclassmen is junior forward Summer Green. Green says she’s liked the opportunities the Tar Heel offense is creating, but knows they’ll need to finish their shots more efficiently as the season progresses.
“I was super impressed. I was really excited for everyone. We were able to cut in, but we weren’t able to finish those crosses that were in the air. We tried to figure that out at halftime. But we kept coming at them. I was impressed with everyone that went out there and was able to create chances,” Green says.
With the Friday night showdown with UCLA looming large, Coach Dorrance says Carolina needs to play smarter on offense to take it to the next level.
“The challenge for us is to figure out a way to do smarter things in the attacking third – find seams, make near-post runs, redirect shots low as opposed to high or over the bar. That will be the sign of a mature attacking team,” Coach Dorrance says.
The UNC-UCLA women’s contest will be televised on the Pac 12 Network.
As for the men, they’ll be looking to defend home turf in the Carolina Nike Classic when they face the 25th-ranked Cal Bears and follow that up with a tough Sunday meeting with No. 2 UCLA.
After a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Wake Forest in the Tar Heels’ final exhibition match, UNC will surely be hungry to make amends this weekend.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-soccer-teams-embark-busy-weekends/
Carolina split its opening weekend in the Carolina Nike Classic with a 1-0 overtime loss to then-No. 6 Stanford and a bounce-back 1-0 win against unranked Ohio State.
Duke fell out of the top 25 in this week’s rankings after the 0-2 start; Stanford improved one spot to No. 5.
The Tar Heels have another tough test ahead of them this week. Carolina heads west for a two-game road trip starting against No. 1 UCLA on Friday in Los Angeles. You can see that contest on the Pac 12 Network. UNC plays Pepperdine Sunday in Malibu.
The Tar Heels will be the toughest test of the season so far for the Bruins, as they began with wins at home against Maryland and UC Irvine. UCLA tallied 3-0 victories in each contest.
In two weeks, UNC faces Penn State in the Duke Nike Classic. The Nittany Lions wowed the coaches this week making the greatest jump of any team in the polls. Penn State moved from No. 24 to No. 8 after taking down West Virginia 3-1 and a 2-0 defeat of Syracuse.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-womens-soccer-drops-nine-spots-coaches-poll/
The No. 4 UNC women’s soccer team started its season with a loss in overtime and seeks revenge Sunday against unranked Ohio State in the final game of the Carolina Nike Classic.
The Tar Heels fell in the 100th minute after leading the entire match in shots and shots on goal, but they weren’t able to connect. The Buckeyes also pulled off the upset with a rebounding goal midway through the second frame.
Carolina’s defense was strong in the first half, only forcing junior goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin to make one save in the first half. The lone golden goal came against redshirt sophomore Lindsay Harris in overtime after she connected on three saves previously in the contest.
Sunday’s matchup is scheduled to kick off at 2:00 p.m. at Fetzer Field after the Duke/Stanford matchup. You can listen to the UNC/Ohio State matchup live on WCHL beginning at 2:00 p.m.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-womens-soccer-seeks-revenge-sunday/
Neither team could get on the board in the first half, but the Tar Heels dominated early in shots with a 7-1 advantage, including a 5-1 nod on goal.
Head Tar Heel Anson Dorrance continued his tradition of switching goalies at halftime after junior Bryane Heaberlin made the lone save of the first half. Redshirt sophomore Lindsay Harris replaced her for the second.
The shots greatly increased for the Cardinal in the second half, but even with the added pressure, neither team could get the upper hand.
The game pushed into overtime, and in the 100th minute, Stanford’s senior forward Chioma Ubogagu snuck it past Harris for the golden-goal overtime victory.
UNC finished on top in shots with the 18-12 mark, and a 9-5 tally in shots on goal.
With the loss, Carolina begins its season with an 0-1 record. The Tar Heels return to the pitch at Fetzer Field for their second and final matchup in the Carolina Nike Classic Sunday against Ohio State at 2:00 p.m., and you can hear it live on WCHL.
Stanford takes on Duke in the 12:00 noon meeting.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/stanford-overtime-claim-unc-womens-soccer-season-opener/
Soccer season is back, and with it, the No. 4 UNC women’s soccer team begins the 2014 season Friday night when perennial powerhouse and seventh-ranked Stanford comes to town to take on the Tar Heels in the Carolina Nike Classic at Fetzer Field.
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The No. 22 Carolina men’s team meanwhile will play its final exhibition contest of the preseason at WakeForest Saturday.
The Tar Heel men are coming off a disappointing 9-6-5 campaign in 2013 and check in at No. 22 in the preseason NSCAA Coaches rankings.
The overall team defense is the strong point for this UNC squad, and the Tar Heels will rely heavily on defender Boyd Okwuono in 2014. The senior was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list. The prestigious award goes to the nation’s premier college soccer player.
The reigning ACC Defender of the Year has anchored a Tar Heel defense that has ranked first and sixth over the last two years in goals-against-average in the nation.
Carolina’s men will put the finishing touches on their preseason preparations with a stern test over in Winston-Salem when the Tar Heels take on the No. 11 Demon Deacons Saturday night at 7 p.m.
As for the women, head coach Anson Dorrance‘s team gets its 2014 campaign started Friday night when it meets the Cardinal. That showdown will be broadcast right here on WCHL.
The UNC women finished with a 20-5 mark in 2013, but enter this season with a few holes to fill with six senior starters gone from last season but as usual, the Tar Heels have plenty of talent returning ready to step into starring roles.
Another concern for the Tar Heels came in the form of a 2-1 exhibition loss to Missouri a week ago.
Coach Dorrance says it was a frustrating experience, but there were still some positives to take away.
“I saw absolute chaos, which is certainly going to be typical in the preseason. But I saw some flashes. Me and my staff aren’t entirely disappointed,” Coach Dorrance says.
Some bright spots come in the form of production out of the freshman players. Coach Dorrance says he’s liked what he’s seen out of the newest additions to the nation’s winningest college soccer program.
“We think the freshmen are going to play. It was nice to see [Megan] Buckingham score in the first scrimmage against UNC-Wilmington. And then, to see Alex Kimball score,” Coach Dorrance says.
Despite the defeat, Coach Dorrance says he was pleased with the fight displayed by his young Tar Heels in the preseason.
“What you want to make sure your team is doing is competing. I thought in the second half we did. Missouri pressured us as we knew they would,” Coach Dorrance says.
The Tar Heels aren’t satisfied with where they’re at right now. But the subpar performance against the Tigers might have been aided by injuries and national team obligations, which have kept a couple key playmakers off the Chapel Hill fields to date.
“What we need to do is see if we can play through the lines. And obviously, we can’t yet. Maybe some of the reasons are that Hanna Gardner is out with an injury and Katie Bowen is representing New Zealand,” Coach Dorrance says.
Ultimately, however, Coach Dorrance says he expects his team to grow as the season progresses and eventually be able to challenge the best in the ACC and nation.
“We’re going to improve this season like we did last spring. I think the team we put out there eventually will be a competitive one. I’m not discouraged, I’m just a little disappointed,” Coach Dorrance says.
It’s hard to doubt the legendary coach of the Tar Heels as the first step in their annual quest for a national championship begins Friday night in Chapel Hill.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-soccer-kicking-high-gear/
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – UNC junior forward Summer Green (Milford, Mich.) is one of 35 NCAA Division I women’s soccer players tagged as the leading players to watch this season that could vie for the 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
Green is currently in Canada playing with Team USA as a member of the 2014 Under 20 World Cup squad. Green heads into her junior year at fourth-ranked North Carolina, which begins its slate August 22 versus Stanford in Chapel Hill, after being named third-team All-ACC as a sophomore in 2013. As a freshman in 2012 on Carolina’s NCAA championship team, Green was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team as well as to the Soccer America All-Freshman Team and the first-team Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Team of the Season.
The 2014 Watch Lists were announced earlier today on NSCAATV.com on the “2014 NSCAA College Soccer Review Show,” which also revealed the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire Preseason College Rankings for NCAA Division I men’s and women’s teams.
The lists are compiled by the NSCAA Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I All-America Committees, based on their analysis of returning All-America and All-Region players, as well as any prominent newcomers.
Green was Carolina’s third-leading scorer in 2013 with 24 points on nine goals and six assists. As a freshman in 2012, Green scored seven goals and had eight assists for 22 points.
Near the end of the collegiate regular season, NCAA Division I coaches that are NSCAA members will vote on their top choices and the lists will be narrowed down to the top 15 players. College soccer fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the selection process, by voting for their favorite semifinalist in November at the MAC Hermann Trophy website, managed by LockerDome.
Carolina’s Hermann Trophy winners have included Shannon Higgins, Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm, Tisha Venturini, Cindy Parlow, Catherine Reddick and Crystal Dunn. Dunn is the most recent Tar Heel to win the award in 2012.
From that pool of 30, six finalists (three men, three women) will be chosen for the award. The winners will be announced in January.
For more information about the history of the MAC Hermann Trophy and a list of past winners, visit the MAC Hermann Trophy information page at the NSCAA website.
For more information about the history of the MAC Hermann Trophy, and news and video from previous MAC Hermann presentations, visit lockerdome.com/machermanntrophy.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/summer-green-named-hermann-trophy-watch-list/
Crystal Dunn, the first player to win ACC women’s soccer player of the year awards for both offense and defense, and record-setting football tight end Eric Ebron are the recipients of the 2013-14 Patterson Medals, the top awards for career athletic achievement awarded at the University of North Carolina.
Dunn, a midfielder/defender from Rockville Centre, N.Y., was a three-time first-team All-America and earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in each of her four seasons. She totaled 31 goals and 25 assists for 87 points in 80 games, including five goals in the 2012 NCAA Tournament that the Tar Heels won. In leading UNC to the national championship, Dunn won the Hermann Trophy and Honda Award, was also named the country’s best player by Soccer America and Soccer News and won the Mary Garber Award as the ACC’s top female athlete in any sport.
Dunn is the only player in ACC history to win Defensive Player of the Year honors twice (2010 and 2012) and added the Offensive Player of the Year award in 2013 when she had 14 goals and six assists. No other ACC player has ever won both awards.
A starter on defense for the United States National Team, Dunn was a member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 World Cup. She was the first pick in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League Draft by the Washington Spirit.
“I’m incredibly proud of Crystal,” says Carolina women’s soccer head coach Anson Dorrance. “She climbed to the top of the collegiate game by being the top defensive player in the ACC as just a freshman. She went on to win it again as a junior and then was the offensive player of the year in the best league in the country in her senior year. Her versatility both for us and for the youth national teams she played on made her a standout. Like our previous Patterson Medal winners, she earned her way on to the full national team as an undergraduate, which is remarkable in itself and rare for a collegian.”
Ebron played three seasons for UNC before declaring for the NFL Draft, where the Detroit Lions chose him with the 10th pick in the first round. The Greensboro, N.C., native was a first-team All-America in 2013 (ESPN.com) and consensus second-team All-America (Associated Press, USA Today, Walter Camp, FWAA, Athlon, SI.com and CBSSports.com). He earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2013 and was a second-team selection as a sophomore.
He holds UNC career records for tight ends with 112 catches and 1,805 yards. In 2013, he set single-season school records for a tight end with 62 catches for 973 yards. The yardage is an ACC single-season record for the position.
His 79-yard reception against Duke last year is the longest catch by any Tar Heel in Kenan Stadium history. He hauled in a career-best nine passes in 2013 road win over NC State and made eight catches for 199 yards and a touchdown in a memorable Thursday night game vs. Miami. The 199 yards are the most ever by a UNC tight end in a game.
Ebron had eight touchdown catches as a Tar Heel and averaged 16.1 yards per reception. In 2012, he compiled 625 receiving yards, which broke the school record for tight ends that had been established in 1979.
“Eric is a uniquely talented individual with an infectious personality and I enjoyed coaching him,” says Tar Heel head football coach Larry Fedora. “He thrived in our offense, setting school and conference records, and was a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. I’ve seen Eric mature both on and off the field and he has a promising future in the professional ranks. The football program is proud to recognize Eric as a Patterson Medal winner.”
The Patterson Medal is based primarily on athletic accomplishment. The recipients must have played at least three seasons for the Tar Heels. Sportsmanship and leadership are also considered. Dr. Joseph Patterson first presented the medal in 1924 to honor the memory of his brother, John Durand Patterson. The Patterson family will help present the medals to Dunn and Ebron at ceremonies in the upcoming school year.
Ebron is the 35th football player to win the Patterson Medal and the third in the last four years. Dunn is the 14th women’s soccer player to receive the award in the last 25 years.
Patterson Medal Winners
1924— Monk McDonald (football, basketball, baseball)
1925— M.D. Bonner (football)
1926— Jack Cobb (basketball)
1927— Ad Warren (football, boxing, wrestling)
1928— Galen Elliott (track)
1929— Henry Satterfield (basketball)
1930— Ray Farris Sr. (football, boxing, baseball)
1931— Henry House (football, baseball)
1932— Staton McIver (football)
1933— Stuart Chandler (football)
1934— Virgil Weathers (basketball)
1935— Harry Williamson (track)
1936— Harry Montgomery (football)
1937— R.D. Buck (football)
1938— Andy Bershak (football, basketball)
1939— George Nethercutt (baseball)
1940— George Stirnweiss (football, baseball)
1941— Paul Severin (football, basketball)
1942— Bobby Gersten (basketball, baseball)
1943— Carlyle Thomas Mangum (track)
1944— Denny Hammond (swimming)
1945— E.B. Schulz (track)
1946— Jim Jordan (basketball)
1947— Walt Pupa (football)
1948— Jim Camp (football
1949— Vic Seixas (tennis)
1950— Charlie Justice (football)
1951— Jimmy Thomas (swimming)
1952— Cecil Milton (swimming and men’s tennis)
1953— Chalmers Port (baseball, football)
1954— Miles Gregory (football, wrestling)
1955— Albert Long Jr. (track, football, basketball, baseball)
1956— Jerry Vayda (basketball)
1957— Lennie Rosenbluth (basketball)
1958— Buddy Payne (football)
1959— Dave Scurlock (track)
1960— Jack Cummings (football)
1961— Rip Hawkins (football)
1962— Ray Farris Jr. (football)
1963— Joe Craver (football)
1964— Bill Haywood (baseball, soccer)
1965— Harrison Merrill (swimming)
1966— John Shaw (baseball)
1967— Danny Talbott (football, baseball)
1968— Larry Miller (basketball)
1969— Bill Bunting (basketball)
1970— Charlie Scott (basketball)
1971— Don McCauley (football)
1972— Dennis Wuycik (basketball)
1973— George Karl (basketball)
1974— Tony Waldrop (track)
1975— Charles Waddell (football, track, basketball)
1976— Mitch Kupchak (men’s basketball)
1977— Walter Davis (men’s basketball)
1978— Phil Ford (men’s basketball)
1979— Greg Norris (baseball)
1980— Bonny Brown (women’s swimming)
1981— Lawrence Taylor (football), Al Wood (men’s basketball)
1982— C.D. Mock (wrestling)
1983— David Drechsler (football)
1984— Sue Walsh (women’s swimming)
1985— Ethan Horton (football)
1986— Brad Daugherty (men’s basketball)
1987— Kenny Smith (men’s basketball)
1988— Rob Koll (wrestling)
1989— Jeff Lebo (men’s basketball)
1990— Shannon Higgins (women’s soccer)
1991— Sharon Couch (women’s track and field)
1992— Dwight Hollier (football)
1993— Kristine Lilly (women’s soccer)
1994— Mia Hamm (women’s soccer)
1995— Tisha Venturini (women’s soccer)
1996— Marcus Jones (football)
1997— Debbie Keller (women’s soccer)
1998— Antawn Jamison (men’s basketball), Cindy Werley (field hockey)
1999— Ebenezer Ekuban (football), Cindy Parlow (women’s soccer)
2000— Lorrie Fair (women’s soccer), Tripp Phillips (men’s tennis)
2001— Meredith Florance (women’s soccer), Brendan Haywood (men’s basketball)
2002— Katie Hathaway (women’s swimming), Danny Jackson (men’s soccer)
2003— Matt Crawford (men’s soccer), Laura Greene (volleyball)
2004— Shalane Flanagan (women’s track and field and cross country), Nicholas Monroe (men’s tennis), Catherine Reddick (women’s soccer)
2005— Jed Prossner (men’s lacrosse), Alice Schmidt (women’s track and field and cross country)
2006— Laura Gerraughty (women’s track and field), Andrew Miller (baseball)
2007— Ivory Latta (women’s basketball), Heather O’Reilly (women’s soccer), Robert Woodard (baseball)
2008— Rachel Dawson (field hockey), Chad Flack (baseball)
2009— Dustin Ackley (baseball), Yael Averbuch (women’s soccer), Tyler Hansbrough (men’s basketball)
2010— Whitney Engen (women’s soccer), Casey Nogueira (women’s soccer), Chip Peterson (men’s swimming)
2011— Corey Donohoe (women’s lacrosse), Mateo Sossah (track and field), T.J. Yates (football)
2012— Katelyn Falgowksi (field hockey), Tyler Zeller (men’s basketball)
2013— Kara Cannizzaro (women’s lacrosse), Jonathan Cooper (football)
2014¬— Crystal Dunn (women’s soccer), Eric Ebron (football)