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.



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



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

Tuesday, October 7 7p – v Campbell


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.


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.

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.)


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.


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.


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.


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.


WSoc To Face UCLA Without Dunn?

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.”

***Listen to the Full Interview – Click Here***

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

Complete Bracket

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.


Which Gets Upgrades First, Soccer Or Basketball?

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.”


Coach Dorrance On WSoc’s Success Despite Injuries

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.

**Listen to the Full Interview**


You can catch the quarterfinal action right here on 97.9 FM WCHL or streaming live on Chapelboro.com.