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UNC Rewards Seven Championship Coaches With New ContractsUNC has agreed in principle on three-year contracts with five head coaches – Joe Breschi (men’s lacrosse), Anson Dorrance (women’s soccer), Sam Paul (men’s tennis), Karen Shelton (field hockey) and Carlos Somoano (men’s soccer) – and is extending the contracts of women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell and women’s lacrosse head coach Jenny Levy. (GoHeels.com)
UNC Scoring Spree Silences William & Mary in Men's SoccerZach Wright’s goal and assist led No. 3 North Carolina to a convincing 4-1 victory over William & Mary on a soggy Tuesday evening. North Carolina (6-1) broke out of a mini scoring slump by scoring a season-high four goals, after being limited to only two goals in its previous three matches. Carolina is back home this Friday to host No. 16 Boston College at 7 p.m. (GoHeels.com)
UNC women's soccer in the middle of historic slumpThe past eight days have been like almost nothing the No. 7 North Carolina women’s soccer team has ever experienced. On Sept. 11, the Tar Heels fell to Southern California by a score of 3-0. It was just the fourth time the team had been beaten by multiple goals since 1985. (Daily Tar Heel)
Heather O’Reilly is ready to try some different thingsPicture Heather O’Reilly on the goal line at the end of training, lined up to start running fitness drills with the U.S. women’s national team. On the line with her are Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly and 14 others—all players she watched and admired and dreamed about playing alongside. (Excelle Sports)
Heather O'Reilly made her last USWNT cap perfect with a goalAfter 15 years with the United States, Heather O'Reilly has decided to retire from the national team. But before she stepped away, she wanted to play one more match for the Stars and Stripes. Fittingly, she scored in that match, finding the back of the net after just four minutes. (FOX Sports)
Walker Hume Scores UNC's Game-Winning Goal Over PittWalker Hume scored the game winner for No. 1 North Carolina in a 1-0 victory over Pitt on Friday night at Fetzer Field. North Carolina improved to 5-1 on the season, and 2-0 against the Atlantic Coast Conference. Pitt falls to 1-4-1, 0-2. Carolina took the lead in the 37th minute when twin-brothers Tucker and Walker Hume connected for the goal. (GoHeels.com)
Wolfpack Stuns No. 7 UNC Women's Soccer 1-0 at Fetzer FieldNC State scored against the run of play in the 67th minute to record a 1-0 upset over seventh-ranked North Carolina in women’s soccer action Friday night at Fetzer Field. A crowd of 1,810 fans saw UNC fall to 5-2-1 on the season and 0-1 in the ACC. The loss to the Wolfpack was only the second in history for the Tar Heels against NC State (GoHeels.com)
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)