UNC Soccer Kicking Into High Gear

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.

UNC men (UNC Athletics)

UNC men (UNC Athletics)

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.

Senior defender Satara Murray (UNC Athletics)

Senior defender Satara Murray (UNC Athletics)

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.

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Summer Green Named To Hermann Trophy Watch List

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.

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Ebron, Dunn To Receive UNC’s Patterson Medal

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)

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WCHL Expands 2014 UNC Soccer Broadcast Coverage

Updated 8:06 a.m., June 13, 2014

WCHL Championship Sports is proud to announce expanding coverage of UNC soccer this fall with an additional game added to the lineup.

The 2014 broadcast slate will kick off with the Carolina Nike Classic on Friday, Aug. 22 as the perennial powerhouse Carolina women’s soccer squad takes on national contender Stanford under the lights in Chapel Hill.

The WCHL broadcast team will be live on-site at Fetzer Field for 11 contests this season, nine women’s games and two men’s matchups.

Both squads will be aiming for more national championship glory after disappointing postseason finishes in 2013.

 

Women’s

Friday, August 22 7p – v Stanford (Carolina Nike Classic)

Sunday, August 24 3p – v Ohio State (Carolina Nike Classic)

Sunday, September 7 12n – v Arkansas* (Duke Nike Classic)

*The opponents’ days on the original schedule were flipped. Carolina plays Penn State Friday and Arkansas Sunday. WCHL will not broadcast the Penn State contest.

Sunday, September 28 1p – @ NC State

Friday, October 3 5p – v Virginia Tech (immediately followed by HS football?)

Thursday, October 9 7p – v WakeForest

Sunday, October 12 1p – v Pittsburgh

Thursday, October 23 7p – v Florida State

Sunday, October 26 1p – v Miami

 

Men’s

Sunday, August 31 7p – v UCLA (Carolina Nike Classic)

Tuesday, October 7 7p – v Campbell

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/wchl-expands-2014-unc-soccer-broadcast-coverage/

UNC Women’s Soccer Players Parker, Bruce To Transfer

North Carolina women’s soccer players Reilly Parker and Vicky Bruce , both members of the 2012 national championship-winning team, will be transferring away from the winningest college soccer program.

Associate Athletic Communications Director Dave Lohse talked to the coaches and confirmed Tuesday with WCHL that Parker, a sophomore, will be foregoing her final two seasons with Carolina to play for the University of Southern California Trojans. Parker attended high school in Danville, California.

Parker (UNC Athletics)

Parker (UNC Athletics)

Meanwhile, sophomore Bruce will be staying in state. Bruce, a North Carolina native, will be heading to nearby Davidson College to finish out her collegiate career.

Bruce (UNC Athletics)

Bruce (UNC Athletics)

The reasons for departure are not yet known, but Lohse says it’s unlikely the UNC Athletic Department will produce any kind of formal release on the news. Lohse says the University will allow the athletes make their own announcements or leave it to the school they are transferring to.

The Tar Heel women’s soccer team will open up their 2014 campaign by hosting the Carolina Nike Classic on Aug. 22. The strong field includes Duke, OhioState and Stanford.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-womens-soccer-players-parker-bruce-transfer/

2014 UNC Women’s Soccer Schedule Released

The University of North Carolina has announced its 2014 women’s soccer schedule on Monday and it features 10 games against teams which played in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including defending champion UCLA, runner-up Florida State and semifinalist Virginia Tech.

UNC has assembled one of the nation’s toughest non-conference schedules for 2014. It includes games against 2013 NCAA participants Stanford (3rd round), Ohio State (1st round), UCLA (champion), Arkansas (3rd round) and Penn State (2nd round). The Tar Heels will also play at Pepperdine to conclude a two-game trip to the West Coast which starts against UCLA on August 29.

For the first time in league history, the ACC, which will include 14 teams, will not play a complete round robin. UNC will play 10 league foes including games at Notre Dame and Duke and at home against Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Florida State. All five of those teams qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament with all five reaching at least the third round of the tournament.

In the ACC rotation, UNC will not play regular season games this year against Virginia, Boston College or Louisville.

The ACC Tournament semifinals and finals will be played at UNC Greensboro on Nov. 7 and 9. The six rounds of the NCAA Tournament begin Saturday, Nov. 15. The College Cup is slated for Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 5 and 7.

North Carolina finished the 2013 season with a 20-5 record before losing in double overtime to eventual NCAA champion UCLA 1-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals at Fetzer Field. Coach Anson Dorrance will be crafting a squad in 2014 that needs to replace six starters from the 2013 squad – forward Kealia Ohai, midfielders Crystal Dunn, Meg Morris and Kelly McFarlane, defender Megan Brigman and goalkeeper Anna Sieloff.

2014 NORTH CAROLINA WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE
Fri. Aug. 22 Carolina Nike Classic (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Duke vs. Ohio State, 5 p.m.
UNC vs. Stanford, 7 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 24 Carolina Nike Classic (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Duke vs. Stanford, 1 p.m.
UNC vs. Ohio State, 3 p.m.
Fri., Aug 29 at UCLA, 5 p.m. (8 p.m. EDT)
Sun., Aug. 31 at Pepperdine, 1 p.m. (4 p.m. EDT)
Fri., Sept. 5 Duke Nike Classic (Durham, N.C.)
UNC vs. Arkansas, 5 p.m.
Duke vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 7 Duke Nike Classic (Durham, N.C.)
UNC vs. Penn State, 12 p.m.
Duke vs. Arkansas, 2 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 20 at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 25 at Clemson, 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 28 at NC State, 1 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 3 Virginia Tech, 5 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 9 Wake Forest, 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 12 Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 19 at Duke, 2 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 23 Florida State, 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 26 Miami, 1 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 2 at Syracuse, 1 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 7 ACC Tournament Semifinals (Greensboro, N.C.)
Sun., Nov. 9 ACC Tournament Finals (Greensboro, N.C.)
Sat., Nov. 15 NCAA Tournament First Round
Fri., Nov. 21 NCAA Tournament Second Round
Sun., Nov. 23 NCAA Tournament Third Round
Sat., Nov. 29 NCAA Quarterfinals
Fri., Dec. 5 NCAA Semifinals (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Sun., Dec. 7 NCAA Finals (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/2014-unc-womens-soccer-schedule-features-ten-2013-ncaa-tournament-opponents/

Lilly Elected To National Soccer Hall of Fame

CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2014) - Former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly and U.S. Men’s National Team forward Brian McBride have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Joining the two former players in the Class of 2014 is former U.S. Men’s National Team and Major League Soccer head coach Bob Bradley on the Builder Ballot.

Lilly, one of the greatest soccer players in UNC history, starred on four NCAA championship teams from 1989-92, winning National Player of the Year honors in 1990 and 1991.  She played in only one loss during her UNC career and led the Heels to four ACC championships while being named a consensus first-team All-America.

Lilly, the sport’s all-time international caps leader, having played 352 games for the United States between 1987 and 2010, and McBride, who starred in three FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006) for the U.S. MNT, are first-ballot Hall of Fame inductees. Bradley enters the Hall of Fame after 13 years of coaching soccer at the highest levels in the United States.

Lilly enters the Hall of Fame after a 24-year international career that included winning two of the five FIFA Women’s World Cups in which she played. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lilly played six seasons in domestic professional leagues, including five for the Boston Breakers in the Women’s United Soccer Association and Women’s Professional Soccer. Lilly continues to work in the game as Director of the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy and an instructor for TeamFirst Soccer Academy.

“One of the most humbling parts of this is being inducted with so many of the greats that came before me,” said Lilly. “It’s always an honor to be recognized for something you’ve done, especially for something we did for so long on the U.S. team. It was amazing to wear that U.S. jersey for so long, and I’m forever grateful for the time I was able to play and really grateful for this honor.”

Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.

Many thanks to U.S. Soccer for providing the links to the video features in this release.

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Senior Soccer Standout Kealia Ohai Wins Senior CLASS Award

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/

Crystal Dunn Vies for Second Straight Hermann Trophy

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/

UCLA Eliminates UNC Women’s Soccer From NCAAs

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.

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