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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)

East Brunswick Cheers for Hometown Girl Heather O’Reilly in Rio Olympics

At this point, the Olympic games may be old hat for Heather O'Reilly. But that's not stopping East Brunswick from cheering for her as loudly as ever. O'Reilly is hometown soccer phenom, who wowed them on the fields when she was a student at East Brunswick High School, which she graduated from in 2003. (Patch.com)

A look back at some of the best speeches given by Tar Heels

I decided to take a look back at some of the best speeches given by Tar Heels (either athletes or those associated with Tar Heel athletics). Charles Kuralt's Bicentennial Speech, Roy Williams' 2009 Locker Room Speech, Marcus Paige’s Senior Speech, Stuart Scott’s Jimmy V Award Speech, Anson Dorrance's Speech on Mia Hamm. (Tar Heel Blog)

Who is Allie Long?

Get to know Northport native Allie Long, who will be competing in the Rio Olympics as a member of the U.S. Olympic women's soccer team....Long earned a scholarship to Penn State, where she had 10 goals and 10 assists in two seasons before transferring to North Carolina. She was part of the Tar Heels’ national championship team in her senior season. (Newsday)

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