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Video: President Obama Honors 2012-2013 NCAA Division I ChampionsPresident Obama hosts the 2012-2013 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Champions (including the UNC women's lacrosse and soccer teams) at the White House to congratulate student-athletes from schools across the country on their accomplishments in the classroom and on the playing field.
UNC women’s lacrosse and soccer teams to be honored at White HouseUNC's national title-winning women’s lacrosse team and women’s soccer team will be honored at the White House today. President Barack Obama is hosting the 2012-2013 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s champions at an event on the South Lawn. Obama will welcome the student-athletes from schools across the country to congratulate them on their accomplishments. (UNC.edu)
Kristine Lilly Elected to National Soccer Hall of FameFormer U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Lilly is the sport’s all-time international caps leader, having played 352 games for the United States between 1987 and 2010. Lilly enters the Hall of Fame after a 24-year international career that included winning two of the five FIFA Women’s World Cups in which she played. (US Soccer)
Girls And Women In Sports Day Means Fun For AllAthletes of all ages found much to celebrate Sunday as UNC commemorated National Girls and Women in Sports Day with an event at the Eddie Smith Indoor Field House. Student-athletes from most of the Tar Heel women's sports teams, as well as the UNC cheerleading squad, came out to spend part of the afternoon interacting with young girls and boys, teaching sports skills and having fun. (GoHeels.com)
Averbuch: A Souvenir and a MemoryYael Averbuch: "What I learned at U.N.C. is that success is never an accident. Winning is not about what happens the day of the game, when you leave it to chance. Some moments come unexpectedly. And some moments are born from a notion, a vision, that one day the tedious minutia that might be a pain today, will be incredibly worth it down the road." (New York Times)
Dunn, Ohai to go separate ways in professional soccerFriendship is often forged based on mutual interests. A favorite band, a favorite restaurant. The friendship between Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai, the respective top two picks in Jan. 17’s National Women’s Soccer League’s draft, is no different. But their mutual interest was not a band or a restaurant. They shared a common desire for dominance, an addiction to victory and a yearning for success. (Daily Tar Heel)
Dunn & Ohai Taken 1-2 In 2014 NWSL DraftNorth Carolina standouts Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai were taken 1-2, and veteran defender Megan Brigman was taken in the second round of the 2014 National Women's Soccer League Draft held Friday. Dunn was rumored to be the #1 choice in the draft. Ohai was expected to be a first round pick but Tar Heel hearts soared when she was picked second by the expansion Houston Dash. (GoHeels.com)
Carolina's Summer Green Named To U.S. U20 Squad For CONCACAFU.S. Under-20 Women's National Team head coach Michelle French has named the 20-player roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, to be held from Jan. 9-19 in George Town, Cayman Islands. North Carolina's Summer Green has been named to the squad, following in the footsteps of Tar Heel teammates Bryane Heaberlin, Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai who led the U.S. squad to the World Cup U20 championship in 2012. (GoHeels.com)
Eddie Pope Named To U.S. Soccer All-Time Best XIU.S. Soccer unveiled its All-Time Men's National Team Best XI on Friday to wrap up the Federation's celebration of its Centennial anniversary. Former North Carolina great Eddie Pope was voted onto the U.S. Soccer Centennial Team. Pope received 33 votes, the second most among all eligible defenders listed on the ballot. (GoHeels.com)
Kealia Ohai Wins 2013 Senior CLASS AwardNorth Carolina forward Kealia Ohai has been selected as the 2013 Senior CLASS Award winner in NCAA Division I women's soccer. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women's soccer coaches, national soccer media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women's soccer. (GoHeels.com)
Anson Dorrance and his wife have known each other since childhood, continue supportive relationshipEight-year-old M’Liss Gary was sure she’d outfoxed him. Playing flashlight tag one night more than 50 years ago in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she crouched at the bottom of the slope, right under playmate Anson Dorrance’s nose. And yet, when he was finished counting, he made a beeline for her hiding spot. (Chapel Hill Magazine)
Crystal Dunn Tapped As Hermann Trophy SemifinalistFifteen men and 15 women have been named semifinalists for the 2013 Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy. University of North Carolina senior midfielder Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, N.Y., is one of the 15 semifinalists for the women's award. Dunn won last year's Hermann Trophy, the first Tar Heel to do so since Catherine Reddick in 2003. (GoHeels.com)
UCLA 2OT goal knocks off reigning NCAA champ UNC 1-0After 101 minutes and 31 seconds of grueling, scoreless play, UCLA sophomore midfielder Taylor Smith dashed downfield, drilled a breakaway shot, rebounded the deflection and scored. In a fleeting moment, injury-riddled UNC’s hopes of repeating as NCAA women’s soccer champions crumpled in double overtime, 1-0, ending the Tar Heels’ season and 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Which Gets Upgrades First, Soccer Or Basketball?UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham says Fetzer Field is Carolina’s athletic facility most in need of upgrades, but money will likely be the deciding factor when it comes down to which programs see improvement first. (Chapelboro.com)
Anson Dorrance On His Team's Success Despite InjuriesThe No. 1 UNC women’s soccer team will face off against No. 2 UCLA Saturday in Chapel Hill at 5:00 p.m. for the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. Head Coach Anson Dorrance joined Ron Stutts on the WCHL Thursday Morning News to talk about Carolina’s season so far and how the Heels have continued to win despite injuries. (Chapelboro.com)