Avery Trendel

Despite Loss to Cal, UNC Finds Bright Spot With Freshman RB Michael Carter

Following UNC’s 35-30 loss to California in its 2017 season opener, it’s safe to say the Tar Heel offense is a work in progress. Head coach Larry Fedora still won’t commit to just one quarterback, and the team struggled to find anything close to the downfield passing attack it’s been able to deploy over the years. On top of that, Fedora also has to replace a pair of tailbacks–Elijah Hood and TJ Logan–who were each talented enough to hear their names called during this past spring’s NFL Draft. Against the Golden Bears, however, there was at least one player...

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UNC Football Falls Flat Against Cal in Season Opener

After weeks of speculation about what the UNC football team would look like with so many new faces this year, Saturday’s season opener at Kenan Stadium proved there’s still a lot of cleaning up to do—as the Tar Heels fell by a score of 35-30 to the California Golden Bears. Making his first career start at quarterback, Cal’s Ross Bowers torched the UNC secondary for 363 yards and four touchdowns. It was the type of performance that Tar Heel fans have become accustomed to seeing from their own quarterbacks in recent years—but that was certainly not the case on...

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UNC Women’s Soccer Demolishes Auburn

The ninth-ranked UNC women’s soccer team flexed its collective muscles on Friday night at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, as it rolled to a 5-0 blowout victory over the Auburn Tigers. Joanna Boyles scored twice for UNC (3-1), while the team also received goals from Dorian Bailey, Alessia Russo and Miah Araba. In total, the Tar Heels piled up a whopping 23 shots compared to just two for Auburn. It was the most goals UNC has scored in a single game since putting up seven against Fresno State back in 2015. Auburn (2-2-1) kept the Tar Heels off the scoreboard...

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Top-Ranked UNC Field Hockey Knocks Off No. 8 Princeton

In a battle between two of the nation’s top 10 field hockey teams, the top-ranked Tar Heels went on the road and pulled out a 2-0 shutout victory over the No. 8 Princeton Tigers on Friday. Freshman Meredith Sholder scored just over three minutes into the action to give UNC an early lead, while Gab Major added another tally in the second half to serve as insurance. The Tar Heel defense held strong throughout the night–including a diving stop by goalkeeper Amanda Hendry on Princeton’s penalty stroke attempt–as the team improved to 2-1 in 2017. It was the first...

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UNCW Hands UNC Men’s Soccer First Loss of Season

The third-ranked UNC men’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the young season on Friday night in Wilmington at the hands of UNCW. A single goal from Hjalmar Ekdal proved to be enough for the Seahawks to pull off the 1-0 upset over the favored Tar Heels. Ekdal used his head to send home a corner kick from teammate David Lozano in the 27th minute, while the UNCW defense received a pair of outstanding second-half saves from goalie Ryan Cretins that helped keep UNC off the scoreboard. The Tar Heels (2-1) held a 12-6 advantage in shots over...

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Former UNC Basketball Star David Noel Named Head Coach at Southern Durham High School

Southern Durham High School landed itself a big-name head coach on Thursday, when it was announced that former UNC star David Noel will take over the program at his alma mater. Noel played both football and basketball during his days as a Spartan, earning his way to Chapel Hill for his work on the gridiron–before eventually walking on to the basketball team. The 6-foot-6-inch forward was a reserve on the Tar Heels’ 2005 national championship team, and played a key role the next year as a senior leader on a team led by freshman Tyler Hansbrough. His work during...

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Both UNC and Cal Enter Saturday’s Season Opener Looking to Establish New Identities

When UNC and California take the field Saturday afternoon at Kenan Stadium, both teams will be filled with young players and new staff members—which means establishing a new identity takes on almost as much importance as battling for the all-important season-opening victory. It’s been well documented throughout the Tar Heels’ fall training camp that nearly every position on the offensive side of the ball is up for grabs. This includes a quarterback battle which has included up to four different signal-callers at some points. For head coach Larry Fedora—who has made himself a lot of money with his high-tempo...

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Three UNC Football Players Named to Senior Bowl Watch List

The Senior Bowl released its annual watch list this week, with over 400 players from different levels of college football finding their names included. UNC quarterback Brandon Harris, left tackle Bentley Spain and cornerback MJ Stewart represented the Tar Heels on the list. Each year, 110 players are selected at the end of the season to compete for a spot on the North or the South rosters in the Senior Bowl–which is a collegiate all-star game that doubles as a chance for NFL scouts to gain valuable information on prospects ahead of the draft. Seniors who are not on...

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Jelani Pieters Named ACC Men’s Soccer Co-Offensive Player of the Week

UNC redshirt sophomore forward Jelani Pieters was recognized Monday as the ACC Men’s Soccer Co-Offensive Player of the Week. Although he played in 18 games for UNC last season as a reserve, Pieters recorded just a single assist all year long. In wins over No. 12 Providence and Rutgers this past weekend, he exploded for three goals and an assist as the fourth-ranked Tar Heels combined to score a whopping 10 goals in total. Pieters also played a role in a fifth goal, when he drew a foul in the goal box–resulting in a successful penalty kick for UNC....

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Top-Ranked UNC Field Hockey Knocks Off No. 17 Iowa Following Season-Opening Loss

Kicking off the season with a pair of top-25 matchups as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this weekend, the top-ranked UNC field hockey team didn’t start its season quite the way it had hoped. Saturday saw the No. 11 Michigan Wolverines (2-0) upset the Tar Heels by a score of 3-2 in the first game of the 2017 campaign, but head coach Karen Shelton and company regrouped for a 3-0 shutout win over No. 17 Iowa on Sunday. UNC (1-1) rattled off all three of its goals against Iowa (0-2)–which was hosting the two-day event at Grant Field...

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