Green & Sieloff Lead WSoc Past Aggies 2-0 In NCAA 3rd Round

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 ElbyJoanna BoylesCameron 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.

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WSoc: Dunn’s Return Fuels 4-0 NCAA Win Over The Hoosiers

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 BrigmanHanna 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.

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Women’s Soccer Continues Hunt For National Title Repeat

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.

Video Links

Watch Texas A&M versus Texas Tech, 3:30 p.m. Friday

Watch North Carolina versus Indiana, 6:00 p.m. Friday

Watch NCAA Third Round Game, 1:00 p.m. Sunday

Gametracker (Live Stats)

Texas Tech versus Texas A&M

North Carolina versus Indiana

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.

  • 1983 – Lauren Gregg, third team.
  • 1985 – Beth Huber, second team.
  • 1993 – Shelley Finger, second team.
  • 1994 – Shelley Finger, first team.
  • 1998 – Cindy Parlow, first team.
  • 2000 – Lindsay Stoecker, second team.
  • 2001 – Kristin DePlatchett, first team.
  • 2005 – Heather O’Reilly, second team; Lindsay Tarpley, third team.
  • 2006 – Heather O’Reilly, first team (Academic All-America of the Year); Anna Rodenbough, second team; Yael Averbuch, third team.
  • 2007 – Yael Averbuch, second team; Anna Rodenbough, second team.
  • 2008 – Kristi Eveland, first team; Yael Averbuch, first team (Academic All-America of the Year); Anna Rodenbough, second team.
  • 2009 – Kristi Eveland, first team; Whitney Engen, second team; Ashlyn Harris, second team.
  • 2011 – Adelaide Gay, first team; Amber Brooks, second team.
  • 2012 – Amber Brooks, first team.

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.

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Women’s Soccer Dominates Liberty 4-0 In NCAA 1st Round

CHAPEL HILL    Fifth-ranked North Carolina turned in one of its most impressive performances of the season Saturday afternoon as it defeated Big South Conference champion Liberty 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament at Fetzer Field.
 
With the victory, North Carolina (18-4) will now host NCAA second and third round games at Fetzer Field next Friday and Saturday.  Texas Tech and Texas A&M will play in the first game Friday at 3:30 p.m. followed by a matchup between North Carolina and the winner of the Indiana-DePaul first round game at 6 p.m.  The winners of Friday’s matches will advance to the NCAA third round next Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field.
 
Offensive heroes were aplenty for Carolina in their win over the Flames (16-6-1) as senior Kealia Ohai scored a pair of goals and senior Megan Brigman and sophomore Summer Green each recorded two assists.  Paige Nielsen came off the bench to add a goal and an assist for the Tar Heels and Cameron Castleberry added her second goal of the season to finish off the scoring.
 
The Tar Heel defense clamped down from the start and never gave the Flames a great look at goal.  UNC outshot Liberty 23-3 and had a 6-1 edge in corner kicks.  UNC senior Anna Sieloff made her first career NCAA Tournament game start and posted a clean sheet, being forced to make only one save.  It was Sieloff’s second solo shutout of the season.  Holly Van Noord made eight saves for the Flames.  Carolina placed 12 of their 23 shots on goal and matched its season high for goals scored in a game (also scored four goals VCU and Miami).
 
Ohai recorded the sixth multi-goal game of her career as she scored the first two goals of the game.  It was her second multi-goal game this season.  She also scored twice versus VCU.  Her two goals pushed her career goal total to 39 and her career point total to 104.
 
Summer Green had a pair of assists for the Tar Heels in the match.  The last time she had multiple assists in a game was against Illinois on November 16, 2012.  Senior defender Megan Brigman had the first multi-assist game of her career with two, both coming on throw-ins.  She now leads Carolina with seven assists this season.  Sophomore Paige Nielsen had a goal and an assist as she celebrated the first multi-point game of her Tar Heel career.
 
After a sluggish first few minutes, UNC notched the only goal it would need all day in the 15th minute.  Summer Green picked the pocket of a Liberty defender 25 yards from goal, dribbled to the top of the box and sent a perfect ball to the onrushing Ohai in the right side of the box.  The senior forward from Draper, Utah was clinical with her finish from 10 yards for her ninth goal of the season at 14:56.
 
After outshooting the Flames 9-2 in the opening half of play, the Tar Heel depth really took over in the second half as 21 UNC players saw time in the period and UNC kept the ball on its offensive end virtually the whole way.  Carolina broke the game open on Ohai’s second goal of the match at 50:05.  With her back to the goal, she took a throw-in from Megan Brigman on the left side, turned and beat her defender and then powered a shot from 15 yards past Van Noord for her 10th goal of the campaign.
 
UNC made it 3-0 at 67:28 when Paige Nielsen scored on a header into the left side panel.  Satara Murray set up the play with a deep run into the box on the right side.  Murray centered the ball across the penalty area where Green blasted a shot from 15 yards that Van Noord knocked down but could not corral.  Nielsen was Johnny-on-the-spot to put the header away for a 3-0 lead.  It was her fifth goal of the season and her first since she scored the game-winner at Pittsburgh on September 26.
 
The Tar Heels then capped the scoring on a brilliant goal by freshman Cameron Castleberry at 81:05.  Brigman set up the goal with another throw-in from the left side.  Nielsen took the throw-in and fed it across the top of the 18-yard box where Castleberry ran on to it and beat the goalkeeper one-on-one into the lower right side of the frame.  It was Castleberry’s second goal of the year, the first being the game-winner against Duke on Halloween night.
 
The Tar Heels outshot the Flames 14-1 in the second half of the game and notched three goals in a half of play for the first time since scoring thrice against Miami in the second half of a 4-0 win in Coral Gables on September 22.
 
In addition to Sieloff, North Carolina’s defense of Hanna Gardner, Katie Bowen, Satara Murray and Megan Brigman was stellar in its performance, limiting Liberty to three shot attempts and notching the 13th shutout of the season in 22 matches.
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Women’s Soccer Begins NCAA Title Defense Saturday Vs. Flames

CAROLINA BEGINS NCAA ACTION SATURDAY:  The University of North Carolina women’s soccer team will begin defense of its NCAA championship Saturday when the Tar Heels play host to Liberty University at Fetzer Field.  Game time is 2 p.m.

Coach Anson Dorrance‘s Tar Heels enter the NCAA Tournament with a record of 17-4 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.  Liberty is the champion of the Big South Conference.  The Flames were seeded second in the Big South Tournament but routed top-seeded Radford 5-0 in the final to earn the league’s automatic invitation.

ONE OF THE FOUR NO. 1 SEEDS:  North Carolina has received one of the 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 comes 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.

Last season, UNC was a No. 2 seed but upset three No. 1 seeds (BYU, Stanford, Penn State) in the quarterfinal through championship rounds to claim its 21st NCAA championship.

CAROLINA AS A SEEDED TEAM:  In 32 NCAA Tournaments, Carolina has received a Top 4 seed on 29 of 32 occasions.  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 with four seeded teams in each part of the bracket.  UNC was a No. 3 seed in 2011 (reached the 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 last Friday, North Carolina finished the regular-season ranked fifth in all three 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 is ranked No. 1 in the final NSCAA poll while ACC Tournament champion Florida State is ranked first by Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer.

TICKETS FOR SATURDAY:  All tickets for Saturday’s UNC-Liberty game in the NCAA Tournament first round are general admission.  Tickets price are $8 for adults, $3 for groups of 20 or more and $5 senior citizens and students.  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 1 p.m. Saturday.

FIRST ROUND GAME STREAMED LIVE ON GOHEELSTV: Saturday’s NCAA Tournament first round game between North Carolina and Liberty will be streamed live on GoHeelsTV.  Kyle Straub will provide play-by-play coverage of the game.  Fans can watch the game live at this link on GoHeelsTV.

LIVE STATS SATURDAY: Live stats for Saturday’s UNC-Liberty game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament will be available via CBS College Sports Gametracker.  Fans can view the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here.

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 Carolina will be participating in the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd time in school history when play begins Saturday against Liberty.  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 115-8-3, a winning percentage of .925.  UNC has won at least two games in every NCAA Tournament it has 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.  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.

DUNN NAMED ACC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: North Carolina senior midfielder was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2013.  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 2010 and 2012.

Dunn is only the second player in ACC history to be named player of the year on three occasions.  Mia Hamm won the award three times (1990, 1992, 1993).  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 Munerlynwas 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.

THE CAROLINA IRON WOMEN:  Crystal Dunn sat out Carolina’s 2-1 overtime loss against Florida State in the ACC Tournament semifinals last Friday.  It was only the second game in Dunn’s career that she missed a game due to injury.  The other occasion was against Wake Forest in the 2010 ACC Tournament semifinals.  She has missed nine 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 82 career games, missing only six games in her junior season while she played on the U.S. U21 National Team.  Ohai has started 80 of the 82 games she has played in during her career at Carolina.  Ohai moved into the starting lineup on August 27, 2010 versus Stanford.  Her start versus Liberty on Saturday 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 88 career games.

Ohai and McFarlane are the only two Tar Heels to have started all 21 games during the 2013 season.

2013 SHUTOUTS:  Carolina has posted 12 shutouts in its first 21 games of the season.  The Tar Heels are ranked 14th of 323 teams in NCAA Division I in goals against average at 0.568.  UNC is tied for 17th in the nation in shutout percentage at 0.571.

Senior goalkeeper Anna Sieloff currently ranks 13th in the nation in goals against average at 0.526.  Sieloff will be making her first start in an NCAA Tournament game Saturday versus Liberty.  This will be her fifth NCAA Tournament game appearance.

TWICE SINCE 1986: Carolina’s 2-0 setback against Virginia on October 20 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 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 176 of the past 195 games.

Carolina is 158-10-8 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 195 contests, UNC has shutout its opponents 105 times and gone 102-0-3 in those games.

DID YOU KNOW…: North Carolina would have to lose its next 707 games in a row for Head CoachAnson Dorrance to have a .500 coaching winning percentage in his career at the helm of the Tar Heels.

UNC enters this Saturday’s game versus Liberty with an all-time record of 760-53-29.  Dorrance has coached the Tar Heels in all 842 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 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 will be 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.

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, 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 Liberty with a record of 760-53-29 overall, a winning percentage of .921.

AVERAGE RECORD PER YEAR:  UNC’s average record per year in its 35 years of soccer is 21.71 wins per year, 1.49 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 842 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 in Blacksburg, Va.  With the win, UNC opened the ACC 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.

With the program having now achieved the milestone of getting 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 coachAnson 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 Florida State game with 760 wins as the women’s head coach and 932 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 CAREER NUMBERS:  Kealia Ohai has recorded 100 points in her Tar Heel career heading into the Liberty 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.

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 20 players in the NCAA Division I ranks who have achieved that milestone.

Ohai enters Saturday’s game with 37 goals and 28 assists while Dunn has 30 goals and 24 assists.

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 16 selections from 2005-13.

  • 2005 – Heather O’Reilly, second team; Lindsay Tarpley, third team.
  • 2006 – Heather O’Reilly, first team (Academic All-America of the Year); Anna Rodenbough, second team; Yael Averbuch, third team.
  • 2007 – Yael Averbuch, second team; Anna Rodenbough, second team.
  • 2008 – Kristi Eveland, first team; Yael Averbuch, first team (Academic All-America of the Year); Anna Rodenbough, second team.
  • 2009 – Kristi Eveland, first team; Whitney Engen, second team; Ashlyn Harris, second team.
  • 2011 - Adelaide Gay, first team; Amber Brooks, second team.
  • 2012 - Amber Brooks, first team.

UNC’S U20 WORLD CHAMPIONS OVER THE YEARS:  When they won the gold medal at the 2012 U20 World Cup, Kealia OhaiCrystal 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.

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Coach Dorrance: Welcome To The Nightmare Of ACC Opponents

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 seeded UNC women’s soccer team is plagued with injuries, but Head Coach Anson Dorrance says that’s not keeping his Tar Heels from competing.

“Right now we’re playing without two of our best,” Coach Dorrance says. “Local star Cailtin Ball is out for the season with concussion issues. We’re able to compete well and dominate games despite losing a great player like her. Crystal Dunn is also out right now—last year’s national player of the year—and yet we’re still competing favorably. So a part of our strength, I think, is our depth. Now, we should get Crystal back eventually”

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Coach Dorrance says winning a No. 1 seed was key, especially due to the placement of the College Cup.

“If we can play well, we have the opportunity to host every game on route to the Final-Four weekend for us, which of course is right over here in Cary,” Coach Dorrance says.

All four No. 1 seeds come from the ACC as Virginia took the overall No. 1 seed and Virginia Tech and Florida State round out the list. Coach Dorrance says it’s hard enough worrying about the ACC foes during the regular season.

“It sort of shares the nightmare that all of us go through as conference coaches trying to fight through the conference,” Coach Dorrance says. “Every team is a nightmare to play against. We also got eight teams selected, which is more than any other conference. I think that’s a wonderful tribute to the players and coaches in our league. And, honestly, we’re all very proud of that.”

The defending national champions are seeking their 22nd NCAA and 23rd overall national title.

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WSoc: All Four No. 1 Seeds From ACC, Including UNC

CHAPEL HILL - The North Carolina women’s soccer team is in the NCAA Tournament field once again, earning its first No. 1 seed in three years.  The Tar Heels will play host to Big South Conference champion Liberty Saturday at 2 p.m. in the first round of this year’s championship.

North Carolina enters the tournament with a 17-4 overall record while the Flames, who beat Radford in the Big South Conference Tournament final 5-0 on Sunday, is 16-5-1.

Gates to Fetzer Field will open this Saturday at 1 p.m.  Tentative ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for group tickets.

The defending NCAA champion Tar Heels are a No. 1 seed for the first time since 2010.  They won the title a year ago as a No. 2 seed.  All four No. 1 seeds in this year’s tournament come from the ACC – Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Florida State.  Virginia won the ACC regular-season championship and Florida State captured the ACC Tournament.

The marks the second straight year UNC has played the Big South Conference champion in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.  UNC beat Radford 2-0 in Chapel Hill last year in the opening game.

Carolina has won 21 of the previous 31 NCAA championships.  Carolina has been one of the top four seeds in every NCAA Tournament except 2000, 2011 and 2012.

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Anson Dorrance: The ACC Semis And Finals

CHAPEL HILL – After a 1-0 victory over Boston College last Sunday in Chapel Hill in the tournament quarterfinals, the fourth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels head to Cary, N.C. on Friday to meet the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles in the semifinals of the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament.

The Tar Heels are the tournament’s #3 seed while the Seminoles are the #2 seed.  The two teams will meet in the 8 p.m. semifinal match on Friday after top-seeded Virginia and fourth-seeded Virginia Tech meet in the first semifinal game at 5:30 p.m.

The venue for this year’s tournament once again is the Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

FloridaState advanced to the semifinals by beating seventh-seeded Duke 2-0 in Tallahassee last Sunday.

All four teams appearing in this Friday’s semifinals are ranked in the Top 6 of this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.  Virginia is ranked #1, FloridaState #3, North Carolina #4 and Virginia Tech #6.

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Dunn’s Goal Decisive as Tar Heels Advance to ACC Semis

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CHAPEL HILL– Crystal Dunn’s first half goal was good enough for the third-seeded UNC women’s soccer team to beat sixth-seed Boston College 1-0 and advance to the semifinals of the 2013 ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament.

With the victory, Carolina improved to 17-3 on the season and 11-3 in the ACC while the Eagles dropped to 10-9-1 overall and 6-6-1 in conference play.

The Tar Heels dominated possession the majority of the contest in Chapel Hill and outshot Boston College 21-8 on Sunday. Both goalkeepers recorded career highs in saves to keep their teams in the match.

All four top seeds advanced in Sunday’s ACC quarterfinal play to set up a pair of heavyweight match-ups next weekend.

Ranked fourth nationally, the Tar Heels will be taking on the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles Friday at 8 p.m. at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Carolina will attempt to avenge their 1-0 loss to the Seminoles in Tallahassee earlier this season. UNC is 59-2-4 overall in ACC tournament play.

If you can’t make it over to Cary, the match will be televised nationally on ESPN3.

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Tar Heel Women’s Soccer Seeks Repeat as Postseason Begins

CHAPEL HILL–The No. 4 UNC women’s soccer team, 16-1, heads into quarterfinal action of the 2013 ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament with some momentum following their 3-0 rout of Duke Halloween night.

Their opponent on Fetzer Field at 1 p.m. Sunday will be Boston College, sitting at 10-8-1 on the season.

The winner of Sunday’s match will advance to the semifinal round. The semifinals and finals will be held in Cary on Friday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 10 at the WakeMed Soccer Park.

Tickets can be purchased on GoHeels.com or at the Carmichael Arena ticket office one hour before the game begins.

The game will be nationally televised by ESPN3 and be aired on WCHL.

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