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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)

Team USA’s Crystal Dunn used disappointment to find her way

At first, the pain and disappointment were overwhelming. Crystal Dunn was the last player cut from the U.S. women’s soccer team that won the World Cup last summer, the unlucky No. 24 on a 23-player roster. This meant she was not on the field for the team’s World Cup Final victory over Japan in front of a record television audience. (Newsday)

UNC’s Olympic Firsts

Athletes and coaches from UNC have participated in most summer Olympic games since 1936. UNC’s first Olympian was Harry Williamson, who ran the 800 meters at the 1936 summer Olympics in Berlin. The first UNC alumnus to win a gold medal was a basketball player. A former UNC star did not win an individual gold medal until the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. (UNC.edu)

Mia Hamm Visits Young Soccer Fans In The Triad

Olympic gold medalists Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini-Hoch held a soccer camp for over 100 girls in Davie County Saturday, signing autographs and spending time with their young fans. The event called TeamFirst is part of Hamm's commitment to inspire young North Carolina girls to live fearlessly, eat healthy, and stay active. (WFMY)

USA Women's Soccer Blanks France In Olympic Group Play 1-0

The U.S. Women's Soccer Team took control of Group G with a 1-0 defeat of France thanks to Carli Lloyd's 63rd minute game-winning goal in its second match of the 2016 Olympic Games. UNC alumnae were prominent in the starting lineup in Saturday's win as U.S. coach Jill Ellis tapped all five Tar Heels on the team for the starting 11. (GoHeels.com)

Tobin Heath shows she is fit and ready to help U.S. at Olympics

It didn't take long for Tobin Heath to overcome any doubts about her physical condition. Less than 10 minutes into the U.S. women's soccer team's debut at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Heath used her trademark dribbling skills to clear defenders and set up Carli Lloyd's opening goal in a 2-0 win over New Zealand. (Associated Press)

Recounting UNC’s Olympic gold medal history

North Carolina has had plenty of sporting success over the years. In addition to the many teams that have won national championships, UNC has sent dozens of athletes to the Olympics. Several of them have came away with gold medals. In all, Tar Heel athletes have won 35 gold medals. In 2016, 17 former UNC athletes have a chance to add to that total. (Tar Heel Blog)

Anson Dorrance on USWNT opener and French motivation

As Anson Dorrance watched the U.S. play New Zealand in the first game of the 2016 Olympics, it looked awful familiar to him. “New Zealand probably looked at the Australian template from the last World Cup,” says Dorrance, the head coach of 21-time NCAA champion UNC. Dorrance says to succeed, teams not only have to have good luck, but also the absence of bad luck. (The Equalizer)

Crystal Dunn on what it means to be one of the greatest soccer players

Being selected for the U.S. team signals that you are one of the top female players in the world. Do you ever just sit around and think about that? Crystal Dunn: [Laughs.] Yeah, I do think about it, and I’m so happy for getting to that level. I feel like life has fast-forwarded so quickly, and now I’m like, Oh my gosh, I’m playing with Abby Wambach.This is kind of cool. (Washington Post)

UNC Women’s Soccer Ninth in Preseason Rankings

Entering 2016 in desperate search of another championship, UNC women’s soccer was ranked ninth in the preseason poll released Wednesday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. If there’s one thing that can be taken from the news, it’s that the Tar Heels should have plenty of reason to be motivated. (Chapelboro.com)

U.S. Women's Soccer Opens With 2-0 Olympic Win Over New Zealand

The U.S. Women's National Team defeated New Zealand 2-0 to get off to a strong start in Group G play at Mineirão Stadium in its first match of the 2016 Olympic Games. UNC alumna Tobin Heath, '10, assisted on the game-winning goal in the 10th minute of play. Heath was one of three former Tar Heels in the starting lineup for the Red, White and Blue. (GoHeels.com)

Seventeen Tar Heels to represent four countries in Rio

Beginning this week, the rest of the sports world will stop for nearly a month as more than 10,000 athletes from the around the world travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete for gold in the Summer Olympic Games. And 17 of those elite athletes are Tar Heels. (UNC.edu)

NWSL veteran, Olympic rookie: At 28 Allie Long is just getting started

In a career filled with close calls and missed opportunities, the third time’s the charm for Allie Long. After featuring in the United States youth system during her college years, Long would go four years between her last U-21 call up in 2010 and her first national team cap in 2014. (Stars and Stripes FC)

From Fetzer To Finley: Carolina Blue Olympics

Here we are on the eve of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Six former Tar Heel women’s soccer players will be on full rosters at this year’s Olympics and two more will be in Rio as U.S. Team alternates. The six active players bring the overall participation of UNC players in six Olympic Games to 33. That’s an astounding number. (GoHeels.com)

Tobin Heath embracing leadership role with USA women's soccer ahead of third Olympic Games

Tobin Heath is now one of the most seasoned veterans on the U.S. team. She has earned two Olympic Gold medals, won the 2015 Women's World Cup and holds an NWSL title with the Portland Thorns. She has evolved into a leader on and off the field, and as she prepares to compete in her third Olympics, she recognizes her responsibility as a role model. (Oregon Live)

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