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Heather O'Reilly goes out a winner in final gameWhen she looked ahead to her final game with the United States national team, Heather O’Reilly planned to approach it like any other Thursday. “I’ve prided myself with bringing it every single day and being accountable for my preparation and being accountable for bringing the absolute best I can to the team every day,” she said Wednesday at Mapfre Stadium. (Columbus Dispatch)
'The way she does it all is like a myth:' Darcy McFarlane excels at everythingDarcy McFarlane is just a kid, but she already wants to be a Tar Heel. She just got her arm signed by the stars of the North Carolina women’s soccer team. She is going to stick her arm out of the shower for a week just to keep the scribbles intact. The dream of one day becoming one of these legends is already in her head. McFarlane is a little older now. (Daily Tar Heel)
Video: A Tribute to Heather O’Reilly - Thanks, HAOAfter a 15-year U.S. Women’s National Team career, 231 games, 46 goals, 54 assists, three Olympic gold medals, a World Cup title and a Under-19 World Cup title, midfielder Heather O’Reilly retired Thursday from international soccer as one of the most successful players in U.S. history.
Heather O'Reilly ready to retire from U.S. women's national teamThe scowl became part of American soccer. Fixed across Heather O'Reilly's face each time she sped toward the end line and curled her foot around a cross, it seemed to neither age nor change. As O'Reilly grew from a teenage phenomenon into a veteran who this week will retire from the national team after 231 appearances, the scowl was so familiar it was almost comforting. (ESPN.com)
To HAO, From Her Teammates: Thank YouThe U.S. WNT is going to miss Heather O’Reilly very much. She is one of the best teammates I have ever had and someone that has sacrificed everything she has in order for the team to succeed. I admire the leadership she has displayed each and every day and everything she has taught us young ones. (US Soccer)
Teammates reflect on Heather O'Reilly's USWNT careerIt’s hard to put an ending, let alone words, to a career like Heather O’Reilly’s. On Thursday, the 31-year-old will retire from the U.S. women’s national team after 15 years and 231 international appearances. O’Reilly’s farewell will take place as the U.S. plays Thailand on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET in Columbus, Ohio. (Excelle Sports)
Heather O'Reilly: The Best Team I’ve Ever KnownHeather O'Reilly: "Anyone who has seen me play, or even seen a picture of me play (yes, the “game face”) can see my passion for soccer. What can I say? I wear my heart on my sleeve. Because that sleeve of that jersey, on this team for this country, is sacred to me. And tonight night against Thailand, I will wear it for the last time." (The Players' Tribune)
ACC pulls football title game, other championships from North Carolina due to HB2The ACC followed musicians, the NBA and the NCAA on Wednesday, when the league announced that it would pull its football championship out of North Carolina due to the state's controversial House Bill 2. The ACC will move every championship event that isn't played on a college campus with football being the most high-profile and most impactful. (Syracuse.com)
No. 1 UNC Men's Soccer Falls In Extra Time To ETSUA goal in the 92nd minute by ETSU’s Fletcher Ekern gave the visiting Bucs a 1-0 upset of No. 1 North Carolina on Tuesday night. North Carolina (4-1) pressured the ETSU (3-2) back line for most of the evening, coming up with 16 total shots, but could not find the back of the net in dropping its first match of the season. (GoHeels.com)
Two UNC Men’s Soccer Players Named to National Team of the WeekJames Pyle and Zach Wright of the No. 1-ranked North Carolina men’s soccer team were selected for national team of the week honors after leading the Tar Heels to a pair of victories last week to maintain its perfect start to the season. Pyle landed on the TopDrawerSoccer team of the week, while Wright found a place on the College Soccer News’ team. (GoHeels.com)
NCAA to relocate championships from North Carolina for 2016-17Based on the NCAA's commitment to fairness and inclusion, the Association will relocate all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year. The NCAA Board of Governors made this decision because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections. (NCAA.org)
In celebration of Mia Hamm, the ultimate trailblazerOn 17 March 1972, Mariel Margaret “Mia” Hamm was born. She would go on to revolutionise the sport of soccer in America, becoming both the leading scorer and creator in international games for both genders. However, that is not the only factor that sets her apart. She somehow managed to do it in a world made by men, of men, and for men. (These Football Times)
UNC Women's Soccer Falls to USC in First Loss of SeasonTwo days after securing a win at No. 9 UCLA, the No. 8 North Carolina women’s soccer team ended its West Coast swing by falling at Southern California 3-0 at McAlister Field. The loss was the first of the season for Carolina, which fell to 5-1-1 as it wrapped up its non-conference season. USC has won five games in a row and is now 5-2. (GoHeels.com)
No. 8 UNC Women's Soccer Emerges Victorious In Battle With No. 9 UCLAIn a defensive battle between eighth-ranked North Carolina and ninth-ranked UCLA, the Tar Heels persevered to claim a 2-1 women’s soccer victory Friday at Drake Stadium. Goals by Annie Kingman and Megan Buckingham provided the offense. The win was the 797th career victory for Anson Dorrance who has led UNC to a 797-63-33 record as head coach. (GoHeels.com)
No. 1 UNC Men's Soccer Beats No. 2 Clemson, 1-0Zach Wright scored in the 87th minute to give No. 1 North Carolina a thrilling 1-0 victory over second-ranked Clemson on Friday night in the ACC-opening match for both clubs. UNC keeper James Pyle made a save on a Tiger penalty kick in the first half, helping North Carolina improve to a perfect 4-0 on the season. Clemson drops to 3-1. (GoHeels.com)