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Anson Dorrance Lecture Highlights Character

UNC women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance performs the same ritual before each national championship game his team plays (a whopping 24, with 22 of those victories). It doesn’t have anything to do with superstition. It’s all about appreciation. “I spend the entire day and half the night before the national championship game writing a note to every senior on my roster, thanking them.” (GoHeels.com)

Heather O'Reilly Tapped For Academic All-America Hall of Fame

Four distinguished professionals, all standout collegiate scholar-athletes, have been announced as the newest members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include UNC women’s soccer standout Heather O’Reilly (2003-06) who led UNC to a pair of NCAA championships. (GoHeels.com)

Two UNC Student-Athletes Tapped For Golden Fleece

Two Tar Heel student-athletes – Ezra Baeli-Wang and Annie Kingman – were among the 29 most recent inductees to UNC’s Order of the Golden Fleece, UNC's oldest honorary society. Baeli-Wang is a member of the men’s fencing team. Kingman is a member of the women’s soccer team. Both are members of UNC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council. (GoHeels.com)

14 Tar Heels on NWSL Opening Day Rosters

The National Women’s Soccer League announced their rosters for the upcoming season which begins this Saturday. The opening day rosters include 14 alumnae from Coach Anson Dorrance’s UNC women’s soccer program. Following is a list of all 14 Tar Heels in the league in 2017 with their respective teams, positions and the final year played at UNC. (GoHeels.com)

UNC alumnae Crystal Dunn, Allie Long lead USWNT past Russia, 4-0

Now that Allie Long has mastered the header for the U.S. women's national team, the midfielder wonders when she'll score with her feet. Long had two goals on headers, Crystal Dunn scored twice on the same field where she tied a U.S. record with five goals in a game last year, and the Americans rolled to a 4-0 exhibition victory over Russia on Thursday night. (ESPN.com)

Photos: A Day in the Life of USWNT Goal Keeper Ashlyn Harris

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team player is like? We followed WNT goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris to get an inside look at a day inside WNT training camp, a day that included a weight session and on-field practice. (US Soccer)

Tobin Heath remains the magnificent enigma of the U.S. women's national team

If Tobin Heath remains a magnificent enigma in her 10th year on the U.S. women’s national team, that’s less by design than indifference. You won’t see much of her away from the field. The USWNT’s reigning Player of the Year has a habit of ignoring interview requests. It isn’t some mysteriousness or aloofness. She would just rather play soccer and play it beautifully. (Yahoo! Sports)

Dash's Kealia Ohai hungry for another run with national team

With three caps, one goal and a team record late last year, Kealia Ohai got a pretty good taste of life with the U.S. Women's National Team. Earlier this month, however, the Dash forward was left off the training camp roster. Ohai already was hungry for more on the senior level. Missing out on games against France, England and Germany felt like starvation. (Houston Chronicle)

MLS Kicks Off 2017 With 15 Tar Heels In The League

Major League Soccer (MLS) kicked off the 2017 season last week. Listed on first-team rosters are 15 former UNC standouts. The Tar Heels continue to rank among the top programs funneling players into the top level of soccer in the United States. Walker Hume and Colton Storm will see their first professional action after being selected in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. (GoHeels.com)

Crystal Dunn: Playing for Chelsea is 'completely eye-opening'

How is your experience at Chelsea going, and is it helping you? Crystal Dunn: "It's great. It's been completely eye-opening. I think in the four weeks that I've been there, I've already felt like this is a life-changing kind of opportunity for me. I'm happy to be over there, and bring what I've learned over there into this game." (Philly.com)

Audio: 1-2-1 with Heather O’Reilly

We sit down with U.S. Women's Soccer National Team legend and new Arsenal Ladies signee Heather O’Reilly to discuss her early days in London and how she’s settling into life at her new club. She also takes a number of fan questions, so one not to be missed. (Women's Soccer Zone)

Ashlyn Harris's personal triumph puts her in position to succeed Hope Solo as USWNT goalkeeper

Hope Solo is not here. Abby Wambach is not here. Megan Rapinoe is not here. Even Alex Morgan isn’t here. Ashlyn Harris, to borrow from a Marshawn Lynch commercial, has been here the whole time. What remains in this training camp is a goalkeeper competition and, more importantly, a need for new leaders to emerge. Harris might very well be the answer. (Yahoo! Sports)

UNC Men's Soccer Releases Spring Schedule

Fresh off its run to the College Cup last fall, the North Carolina men’s soccer team returns to the pitch for five matches during its 2017 spring schedule. North Carolina opens the slate on Saturday, Feb. 25 against North Carolina FC on its home grounds of WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. at 12 p.m. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Celebrates Power Of Women's Sports

The power of women’s athletics is on display every day as Carolina’s 15 varsity women’s squads train, practice, play and lead through their sports. But once a year, the teams join together, along with several hundred young athletes who view the Tar Heels as role models, to celebrate their strength at UNC’s annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day event. (GoHeels.com)

Four Tar Heels Named Women's Soccer All-ACC Academic

Four members of Coach Anson Dorrance's 2016 NCAA semifinalist women's soccer team were named to the sport’s All-ACC Academic Team Tuesday. The Tar Heels who earned honors on this year's team are senior midfielder Cameron Castleberry, redshirt senior defender Hanna Gardner, junior midfielder Megan Buckingham and junior midfielder Annie Kingman. (GoHeels.com)

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