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Tobin Heath finally getting the most out of her tricksBy the time Heath finished her career at UNC in 2009, she'd already had a successful youth national team career and been capped 19 times by the senior team. But despite that success, and being taken first overall in the 2010 WPS draft, things didn't go quite as well for Heath the professional player, or at least not right away. (SB Nation)
UNC Soccer Teams Help Stop World HungerThe University of North Carolina men’s and women’s soccer programs recently spent a day with Stop Hunger Now to help fight worldwide hunger. The two programs came together and packaged 10,000 meals that were among 285,000 sent to Guatemala to assist those in need, and support the organization’s goal of “a world without hunger.” (GoHeels.com)
Scholar-Athlete Luncheon Recognizes Academic ExcellenceThe day’s highest honor went to the Top 10 Scholar-Athletes, the five senior men and women who rank the highest in the most impressive collegiate statistic: grade point average. Each invited a faculty member and introduced him or her during brief remarks. In addition to speaking about each honored faculty member, the students looked back on their time at UNC. (GoHeels.com)
World Cup to Olympics, Meghan Klingenberg adjusts to the spotlightA lot has changed for Meghan Klingenberg since last year. She’s now a World Cup champion, something that comes with a lot of attention and added responsibility. And she’s joined the Portland Thorns in the National Women’s Soccer League’s pivotal fourth year. She’s also looking ahead to the Olympics. (Washington Times)
U.S. women’s soccer teammates praise Crystal DunnCrystal Dunn is not yet as widely known as the soccer players who won the Women’s World Cup for the United States last summer, but those who were on that team fully expect Dunn to make her mark during the Olympics this summer — and beyond. (Newsday)
Tar Heels Compile Record-High APRUNC student-athletes compiled a record-high Academic Progress Rate of 987 in 2014-15 and compiled a four-year rating of 981, two points above the national rate. It is the second consecutive year the Tar Heels have set or tied their top single-season score in the APR. The 18 Tar Heel programs that scored a 1000 in 2014-15 include men’s basketball. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Bad Lip Reading - Tar Heel Coaches EditionIt's Bad Lip Reading, North Carolina coaches style! Originally shown at the 2016 Rammys on Monday, April 18 2016.
Video: UNC Athletics - Bring 'Em OutDiving teammates Jack Nyquist and Ozzie Moyer wrote an "Even More Fire" version of Bring 'Em Out. Tar Heel Style featuring all of UNC's talented teams.
Rammys Recognize Tar Heel SuccessesFrom the opening strains of the all-sports video score to the closing cheers of the alma mater, the fourth-annual Rammy Awards highlighted UNC’s successes of the past year within the Department of Athletics and beyond. The awards show recognized student-athletes and teams that have excelled academically, athletically and in service. (GoHeels.com)
What you missed at the 2016 RammysThe fourth annual Rammy Awards featured plenty of fanfare — from rap videos and sword fights to Theo Pinson accepting awards he didn’t win. Here’s what you missed on Monday at Memorial Hall. The men’s basketball team fell short of an NCAA Championship, but the national runners-up took home plenty of hardware at the event. (Daily Tar Heel)
Kirk Urso: Still Making Us BetterCarlos Somoano is a changed man. In 2011, Somoano made the switch from assistant to head coach and led the Tar Heels to the 2011 National Championship. The victory isn’t what changed Somoano, although he did become just the second rookie head coach in NCAA history to win a national title. What changed Carlos Somoano was his team captain, Kirk Urso. (GoHeels.com)
Pint-Size Crystal Dunn Reaches New Heights With U.S. SoccerSince rejoining the United States team in the fall, Crystal Dunn has scored 12 goals in 18 games. She has also reconfirmed her status as the team’s most versatile player. Having played as an outside back, an outside midfielder and a striker for the United States, and as an attacking midfielder for the Spirit, Dunn now finds herself having an effect at right wing. (New York Times)
UNC men's soccer remembers 'heart of the team' in Kirk Urso Memorial MatchOn the field where the late Kirk Urso played semi-professionally in the summers, the UNC men's soccer team honored one of its own. Urso made four consecutive College Cups and served as a captain for UNC as a senior. Urso left his mark on the program with a national championship in 2011, but Urso's impact was far larger on everyone he met. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC men's soccer player Nico Melo sings national anthem ahead of Final FourWho would have thought being forced to sing at the 2015 Rammy Awards would send you to the Final Four?Certainly not North Carolina men’s soccer player Nico Melo, who did just that, singing the national anthem along with student-athletes from Syracuse, Villanova and Oklahoma ahead of the first Final Four game Saturday night. (Daily Tar Heel)
Sit-Down Special with Crystal DunnThe idea of following in Mia Hamm's footsteps is daunting enough. Doing so when handpicked by the American soccer legend herself? Now that's pressure. When Hamm approached Crystal Dunn about inheriting her No. 19 at UNC a few years back, the Tar Heels star balked. The 23-year-old has since played her way into contention for a starting spot with the U.S. national team. (Goal.com)