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Tar Heels Making Their Marks at Rio Olympics

Sixteen Tar Heels have been delivering on months and years of training in their goal to compete at the highest level of their sports, bringing them to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. With the games closing ceremony set for Aug. 21, here’s how UNC Olympians have been doing. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Carolina Named ACC Men's Soccer Favorite

North Carolina is the men’s soccer preseason favorite to win the ACC championship, according to a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches. The Tar Heels were named by five coaches as this year’s team to beat for the ACC Championship. Clemson received three votes, followed by Notre Dame with two. (GoHeels.com)

Lower Concessions Prices & More Options At UNC Venues

The UNC department of athletics and its concessions partner, Aramark Sports and Entertainment, is introducing reduced concessions prices and new outside food and beverage options for all Olympic sports venues for the 2016-17 school year. Fans can enjoy lower-priced food and beverage options at Olympic sports events. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels’ fall Olympic sports preview

Last year’s North Carolina field hockey team finished as the runner-up in the National Championship. The volleyball team has been one of the top teams in the ACC the last few years. The men’s soccer team consistently fields one of the top teams in the country, and the women’s soccer team is considered one of the most successful programs of all time. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Men's Soccer Draws 1-1 With South Carolina

The No. 8 UNC men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with 24th-ranked South Carolina on Monday at Koka Booth Field at WakeMed Soccer Park. Tar Heel freshman Mauricio Pineda scored the equalizer in the 13th minute to answer an early goal from the Gamecocks by Kevin Walker. Walker Hume fed Pineda in front of the goal connecting with a header to make it 1-1. (GoHeels.com)

Fans upset Crystal Dunn didn’t take a PK in USA-Sweden loss

Crystal Dunn can score. She knocked in five goals in a single match earlier this year against Puerto Rico. Yet the 24-year-old striker, who plays for the Washington Spirit, didn’t start the game that ended in heartbreak for the United States, and this left some fans on the Internet wondering why. (Washington Post)

Warren Marshall Lifts UNC Past Winthrop in Men's Soccer Exhibition

A second half goal from senior Warren Marshall lifted No. 8 North Carolina to a 1-0 victory over Winthrop on Friday night in an exhibition men’s soccer match from Eagle Field. After a scoreless first 45 minutes, the Clemmons, North Carolina, native gave Carolina the only goal necessary to come away with the win over the host Eagles. (GoHeels.com)

Sweden Eliminates U.S. From Olympic Soccer Tournament

The U.S. Women's National Team fell to Sweden 4-3 in a penalty shootout after drawing 1-1 through 120 minutes. Seven former University of North Carolina players competed for the American side including Friday starters Allie Long, Meghan Klingenberg and Tobin Heath. Crystal Dunn came on to spark the U.S. offensively in the second half of the game. (GoHeels.com)

How have former UNC athletes done so far at the Olympics?

Fifteen UNC alums are taking part in the 2016 Olympics. Of that 15, only two have yet to participate in the games. Shalane Flanagan and Vikas Gowda will take part in the Track and Fields events which take place in the second week. The other 13 athletes’ events have begun, and many of them have had fairly successful starts. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tobin Heath, USA’s GIF machine, is winning fans in soccer-mad Brazil

She is the most GIF-able player in U.S. women’s soccer history, and now her beloved second country, Brazil, is catching on. A revealing thing happened on Saturday as midfielder Tobin Heath did “Tobin Heath Things” during the second half of the U.S.’s 1–0 win over France. (Sports Illustrated)

Crystal Dunn saves U.S. women's soccer from embarrassing Olympics result against Colombia

A native of New Hyde Park, N.Y., who led North Carolina to the 2012 NCAA championship and the United States to the U-20 World Cup title that same year, Crystal Dunn scored the goal that tied the score at 1-1 and then set up a goal for 18-year-old Mallory Pugh that made her the youngest U.S. player to score in an Olympic tournament. (Sporting News)

Mia Hamm: 'Be a parent first, coach second'

A mother of three, Mia Hamm has twice been named ESPN's Female Athlete of the Year, and she is the proud owner of two World Cup trophies and two Olympic gold medals. So, when she speaks on what it takes to be successful, she has a pretty trustworthy resume. Hamm says the number one aspect of a child's success is positivity. (WRAL.com)

Tobin Heath sees soccer as a platform for faith

Team USA soccer midfielder Tobin Heath, 28, has been kicked around by soccer as much as she’s kicked around in it. A two-time gold medalist, winning in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, she tasted punishing defeat when the U.S. lost to Japan in a penalty shootout at the FIFA Women’s World Cup final in 2011. (Religion News Service)

Mia Hamm to play in Wyndham Championship pro-am

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm will be playing golf in the Louis DeJoy and Aldona Z. Wos Family Foundation Pro-Am at the Wyndham Championship. Hamm’s Wyndham Championship appearance on Aug. 17 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro will come two days before the women’s soccer gold medal game at the Olympics. (Greensboro News & Record)

Crystal Dunn's Goal & Assist Secures Tie For USA

The U.S. Women's National Team won its group for the fifth consecutive Olympic Games with a dramatic 2-2 draw with Colombia in its final Group G match. UNC alumnae Crystal Dunn and Whitney Engen were in the starting lineup for the U.S. side and Allie Long came on as a U.S. substitute. Dunn scored her first Olympic goal to tie the game late in the first half. (GoHeels.com)

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