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UNC Women's Soccer signee Mary Elliott McCabe named NC girls soccer player of the yearCharlotte Latin's Mary Elliott McCabe is the 2018 N.C. Gatorade girls soccer player of the year. McCabe is a four-time, first-team all-state selection and ended her career with 117 goals and 51 assists. McCabe has volunteered as part of multiple fundraising campaigns to benefit children’s cancer research. She has a 4.14 GPA and has signed to play at UNC next fall. (Charlotte Observer)
Tobin Heath scores go-ahead goal in return as U.S. sweeps China in exhibition seriesTobin Heath scored the go-ahead goal in her return from injury and the U.S. national team beat China 2-1 Tuesday to sweep their two-game exhibition series. Three minutes after China tied it at 1, Heath chipped the goalkeeper on a mis-hit. It was Heath's first game with the national team since last September. She had surgery on her right ankle in early January. (ESPN.com)
Mia Hamm Q&AWhen you speak at events like this, what do you try to impart to the young people in attendance? Mia Hamm: "For us, it’s just really about understanding yourself and what makes you successful and great. We all have different strengths and different weakness, but looking at how you make a positive impact on your team and your community." (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
Video: Cindy Parlow Finds Out She's Been Elected to the National Soccer Hall of FameThe U.S. Soccer National Hall of Fame announced Thursday that Cindy Parlow, UNC Class of 1999, has been selected for induction in the Hall's 2018 class. Watch as North Carolina women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance surprises his former player with the wonderful news.
UNC soccer: Eric Lichaj captains USMNT against BoliviaEric Lichaj is just 29 years old, and since leaving UNC in 2006, has spent over a decade playing for various professional teams in England. He’s spent the last five seasons playing for Nottingham Forest, who reside in the league just below the English Premier League. Lichaj scored a goal and helped the USMNT to their Gold Cup title win in 2017. (Tar Heel Blog)
UNC Strength & Conditioning Announces Annual Awards For Olympic SportsThe UNC Strength and Conditioning staff has announced team awards for 2017-18. Honorees from each of UNC's Olympic sports teams have been selected based on performance during in-season and out-of-season programs. The top award for each team is the Iron Ram Award, which goes to the student-athlete with the best overall performance during the year. (GoHeels.com)
Cindy Parlow Chosen For National Soccer Hall of FameThe U.S. Soccer National Hall of Fame announced Thursday that Cindy Parlow, UNC Class of 1999, has been selected for induction in the Hall's 2018 class. Parlow was a three-time National Player of the Year and two-time NCAA champion. She played on the U.S. National Team for 10 years, retiring in 2005 after winning the 1999 World Cup and 2004 Olympic gold medals. (GoHeels.com)
Four Former Tar Heels on US Women’s National Soccer Team Roster for June FriendliesWhen the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team takes the field this June for a pair of friendly matches against China, four former Tar Heels will be sporting the red, white and blue. 18 players will be on the roster for each of the two matches, with Ashlyn Harris, Allie Long, Crystal Dunn and Tobin Heath on the 24-player preliminary list–all of whom played at North Carolina. (Chapelboro.com)
Heather O’Reilly leaves ArsenalFormer United States international Heather O'Reilly joined Arsenal Football Club in January 2017 and went on to make 38 appearances during her 18 months in north London, scoring four goals. A fan favourite, Heather helped Arsenal lift its fifth Continental Cup title and played a key part in us reaching last season’s SSE Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley. (Arsenal.com)
Crystal Dunn voted NWSL player of the weekNorth Carolina Courage forward Crystal Dunn has been voted the National Women’s Soccer League player of the week. Dunn scored the opening goal of the match to help the Courage earn a 2-1 victory over Sky Blue FC in Piscataway, NJ. The Courage improved to 7-0-2 and tied the NWSL record for the best nine-game start to a season since the 2014 Seattle Reign FC. (Front Row Soccer)
Former UNC Soccer Player Lucy Bronze Named BBC Women's Footballer of the YearOlympique Lyonnais and England defender Lucy Bronze has been crowned 2018 BBC Women's Footballer of the Year. Bronze, who played at UNC and headed Manchester City's opening goal as they beat Birmingham City to win the Women's FA Cup in May 2017, was presented with the award by her aunt, Julie Tough, in front of her cheering Lyon team-mates. (BBC Sport)
North Carolina Tops ACC Public Schools In APR RecognitionsThe NCAA has honored 10 UNC athletic programs for ranking among the top 10 percent nationally in Academic Progress Rates. The teams being honored include men's basketball, men's cross country, women's fencing, men's golf, gymnastics, women's lacrosse, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and volleyball. All 10 teams scored a perfect 1000 in the APR from 2013-14 to 2016-17. (GoHeels.com)
Mia Hamm reflects on friendship with Pat Summitt during trip to KnoxvilleOne of the greatest soccer players of all time was in Knoxville on Saturday. Mia Hamm, two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA World Cup champion, helped host her TeamFirst Academy soccer camp for kids. Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini Hoch, both former stars of USA women's soccer and teammates of Hamm at UNC, also hosted the camp. (WBIR.com)
Interview with Heather O’ReillyAt 33 and with a hugely decorated international career behind her, Heather O’Reilly insists that she is still learning in England, “The football has been really impressive, the tactical awareness is so good here. You can tell that players here have been watching and analysing football their entire lives. In the US, we probably don’t quite have that yet.” (Arseblog News)
UNC's Emily Fox, Brianna Pinto Invited to U.S. U-20 National Soccer Team Training CampAs the United States Under-20 Women’s Soccer National Team prepares for its 10-day training camp in Carson, California, a pair of Tar Heels were invited to take part. Rising sophomore defender Emily Fox and incoming freshman midfielder Brianna Pinto join a group of 24 players competing for 21 roster spots on the USA’s 2018 FIFA U-20 World Cup team. (Chapelboro.com)