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Tar Heels are undisputed favorites in women's soccer

Last year's NCAA Division I title -- its 22nd national championship -- was improbable. This year, North Carolina, as it has so many times before, is the undisputed favorite to win the NCAA Division I championship and is No. 1 in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 rankings. Carolina returns Soccer America Player of the Year Crystal Dunn. (Soccer America)

UNC Men's Soccer Selected 2nd in ACC Preseason Poll

The UNC men's soccer team has been selected to finish second in the ACC, according to a vote by the league's head coaches. The Tar Heels received 122 votes, while Maryland was tabbed as the preseason favorite with 142 points. Wake Forest and Notre Dame were named third and fourth in the poll with 114 and 110 points, respectively, with both clubs earning one first-place vote. (GoHeels.com)

Kealia Ohai Named Senior Class Award Candidate

Thirty NCAA women's soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates Wednesday for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer. Amongst the 30 women's candidates is Kealia Ohai, senior forward for the University of North Carolina and a Draper, Utah native. (GoHeels.com)

Women's Soccer Power Rankings: Tar Heels at top

Considering North Carolina is the defending national champion and should be even better this year, it's no surprise the Tar Heels are atop our first soccer power rankings of the season. But with Stanford's improved offense and Penn State's more settled back line -- not to mention all the other contenders in the loaded ACC -- life at the top won't be easy. (ESPN.com)

Dunn, Ohai Named To Hermann Trophy List

Thirty-four men and 31 women, including North Carolina's Kealia Ohai and Crystal Dunn, have been identified as potential candidates for the 2013 Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in college soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina 2013 Men's Soccer Preview

The good times are expected to continue for North Carolina in 2013. Eight starters return and another impressive recruiting class is on its way to Chapel Hill. Carlos Somoano does have some gaps to fill due to the decision of All-America midfielder Mikey Lopez to enter the professional ranks at the end of his sophomore season. (College Soccer News)

GoHeels Weekly Primer

Fall semester classes begin on Tuesday and several Tar Heel sports are in full swing. The men's and women's soccer teams have played exhibition games and regular season play is just around the corner. Take a moment and recap the week with the latest installment of the GoHeels Weekly Primer. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heel goalies play for keeps

For now, redshirt junior Brendan Moore — the only current Tar Heel goalie to have registered collegiate minutes — is listed on UNC’s roster as the bearer of the No. 1 jersey. Moore played in goal only once for the Tar Heels — in a 2011 game for 19 minutes. But coach Carlos Somoano said the starting job is still up for grabs heading into this season. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina Men's Soccer Earns Rainy 3-0 Win over Elon

No. 4 North Carolina scored three second-half goals to earn a 3-0 victory over Elon during a rain-soaked exhibition affair Saturday night at Smith Soccer Complex. After a scoreless first half, Nico Melo put the Heels up 1-0 when he took advantage of a miscue by the Elon keeper and he finished in the back of the net in the 54th minute. (GoHeels.com)

From Fetzer To Finley: The Title Defense

Winning championships at every level is at the core of the fabric of the Carolina women's soccer program. Let's check the bucket list. Twenty-two national championships since 1981. Twenty ACC regular-season championships since 1987. Twenty ACC Tournament championships since 1988. The numbers are staggering indeed. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Men's Soccer Ranked 4th in First NSCAA Poll

The North Carolina men's soccer team has been selected No. 4 in the preseason poll announced Tuesday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Coming off an appearance in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals last season, the Tar Heels are poised for another trip to the College Cup after winning the 2011 national championship. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Women's Soccer Picked To Win ACC Championship

North Carolina, which returns eight starters from last season's NCAA Championship team, has been selected first in the ACC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll. Coach Anson Dorrance's Tar Heels received 13 first-place votes in balloting among the ACC's 14 head coaches. Defending regular-season conference champion Florida State received the other first-place vote. (GoHeels.com)

GoHeels Weekly Primer

Carolina will play three times on ESPN's Big Monday next season. Former head coach Dean Smith won the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday. Lucas writes that it was a fitting honor. Check out the sampling of reactions to the announcement. Recap the first week of traiing camp with the Tar Heel Football Weekly Roundup, which will become a regular feature. (GoHeels.com)

Remembering Kirk Urso A Year After His Death

Kirk Urso passed away a year ago from a congenital heart defect. The rookie midfielder had only played for a brief time in Columbus but he made an outsized impact. He was an opening day starter, playing in six games before suffering an injury that forced him out of the lineup. (Massive Report)

Best Games of 2012-13: No. 1 - University of National Champions

Let's get one thing out of the way up front. Is picking national championship wins for women's soccer, women's tennis and women's lacrosse taking the easy way out? Yes, it is. First-time titles for lacrosse and tennis and No. 22 for soccer were all won in very different ways, ways that perhaps make it possible to deem one somehow better than another. (GoHeels.com)

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