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Petite Meghan Klingenberg plays big for the U.S. at World Cup

The small room is packed with nearly two dozen reporters when Meghan Klingenberg walks in and takes a seat behind a long white folding table. "Hi everybody!" she says cheerfully. That's pretty much how Klingenberg says everything — cheerfully, often punctuated by a laugh. If Hope Solo is the dark cloud of U.S. soccer, Klingenberg is its pixie-sized ray of sunshine. And on Wednesday she was shining. (Los Angeles Times)

UNC Finishes 5th in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

After finishing out of the top ten last season when UNC failed to win a title conference or national, the Tar Heel athletic program has rebounded for a 5th place finish in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. UNC's fifth place finish is an ACC best with Virginia and its league first three NCAA titles in one season just behind the Heels in 6th. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lucy Bronze: From small English town to UNC to England women's World Cup hero

From park kick-a-bouts to the world stage, England’s Lucy Bronze has her own determination to thank for making it in football. As a Northumberland schoolgirl FA regulations meant she was stopped from playing with the boys once she reached the age of 12, while before that her family encouraged her to try other sports. (The Chronicle)

USWNT star Meghan Klingenberg living with Jeff Van Gundy

Sunday mornings mean pancakes at Jeff Van Gundy’s house. Jeff cuts fresh fruit, his wife Kim flips the pancakes, and Meghan Klingenberg fixes bacon. Yes, the same Meghan Klingenberg who has played every minute on the United States national team’s back line this World Cup lives with the Van Gundy family while playing for the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League. (USA Today)

Keeping Tobin Tethered to Earth

Tobin Heath – her long brown hair worn in a loose and messy ponytail, a few pieces always escaping out the sides – was known to skateboard through the UNC campus, her main mode of transportation since she was a kid. In Chapel Hill, sidewalks are made out of brick, not ideal for skateboarding, which meant Tobin cruised up the street, often rolling right up to the soccer field. (US Soccer)

Mia Hamm, other soccer stars attend World Cup watch party in Chapel Hill

It's been 16 years since the U.S. Women's Soccer Team won the World Cup, but, win or lose, fans in Chapel Hill had a night they will never forget Monday. Former world soccer champions, Olympic gold medalists, and UNC Tar Heels, Mia Hamm, Tisha Venturini-Hoch, and Kristine Lilly joined hundreds of fans for a World Cup watch party at Southern Village Green in Chapel Hill. (ABC 11)

Video: Lucy Bronze Gives England 2-1 Win In Women's World Cup With This Blast

England were struggling to find any kind of offensive pressure and found themselves down 1-0 to Norway when Solveig Gulbrandsen hit the back of the net in the 54th minute. In the following 20 minutes, however, England mustered two shots on goal and both went in. The second came in the 76th minute off the foot of Lucy Bronze, who absolutely smoked a ball in from distance, securing a 2-1 win and a spot in the quarterfinals. (Vice Sports)

Three former Tar Heels broke ground for women's soccer

Kristine Lilly holds a world record of 352 international appearances as part of Team USA. Mia Hamm won a National Championship with UNC, two World Cup Championships, and two Olympic gold medals and Tisha Venturini took part in four NCAA National Championships at UNC. "It was a pretty special time," Lilly said. Even if they weren't always aware of the ground they were breaking. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Meghan Klingenberg, Streetfighter

Her sophomore year at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Meghan Klingenberg competed in a campus gladiator competition that culminated in a sumo joust: competitors donned big blow-up fat suits and went at each other with giant foam clubs. “Kling insisted that I come watch,” says Anson Dorrance, long-time coach of the famed UNC women’s soccer team. (U.S. Soccer)

Meghan Klingenberg Just Doing Her Job

Meghan Klingenberg positioned herself perfectly and elevated to meet the shot with a game-saving header that saw the ball come inches from crossing the line only to then carom off the crossbar and out of danger. Klingenberg refused to accept any praise: “I was just doing my job,” she said, when asked about her game-changing heroics afterward. (US Soccer)

Former Tar Heel Meghan Klingenberg keeps USA alive vs. Sweden with incredible goal-line save

The biggest save of Friday's USA-Sweden Women's World Cup game belonged not to American goalkeeper Hope Solo but to defender Meghan Klingenberg, who made a tremendous goal-line save by heading a shot off the crossbar to deny Caroline Seger a goal in the 77th minute. (NJ.com)

Women’s World Cup: USA a contender, with six Tar Heels on roster

After a year of qualifying, two head coaching changes, a round of roster second-guessing, a lawsuit over venues and some injury concerns, the U.S. Women’s National Team will begin its pursuit of a third World Cup championship. At least one former area player, UNC alum Meghan Klingenberg, will be in the starting lineup for the U.S. in its opening match at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Charlotte Observer)

Tar Heel IX Begin World Cup Journey Saturday

Nine current and former UNC women's soccer players will be competing for the ultimate prize in international football beginning Saturday when the 2015 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Canada. Tar Heel players will be representing four countries - the United States, Canada, New Zealand and England. UNC's nine representatives in the World Cup are the most of any U.S. university. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Post Outstanding Academic Progress Rates

Seventeen UNC varsity athletic teams posted a four-year Academic Progress Rate of 980 or higher and four other teams were within four points of that score, according to figures released today by the NCAA. Overall, UNC’s 28 teams averaged 981, three points above the national average. The Tar Heels had six programs that scored a perfect 1000 and another five that scored 990 or higher. (GoHeels.com)

Maggie Bill pursues two sports at UNC

Maggie Bill is followed by a choice she refuses to make — and one she simply doesn’t know the answer to. For her, there’s nothing unusual about her life as a dual-sport athlete at North Carolina and therefore no reason to dwell on herself and her accomplishments. And she sees no reason to make a decision anytime soon. Because when it comes to lacrosse and soccer, Bill can’t choose one over the other. She simply devotes herself to whichever sport is in season. It’s what she has always done. (Daily Tar Heel)

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