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Soccer star Kealia Ohai is a lot more than just an NFL player's fiancée

is engaged to Justin Watt, a defensive end for the NFL's Houston Texans, a status that has nothing to do with any of her accomplishments. Ohai was the No. 2 pick in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League Draft and the first pick of the Houston Dash, where she’s played for six years, as captain since 2016, scoring 28 goals in 114 appearances. (AZ Central)

Chansky’s Notebook: More and Better!

Some New Year’s resolution for North Carolina teams and coaches. As we welcome the new year, here is what I wish for in the Carolina athletic orbit. A successful growth spurt for the struggling Tar Heel basketball team, which has been caught short with its usual array of talented players and been burdened by more injuries that any program deserves. (Chapelboro.com)

Kealia Ohai, J.J. Watt fill wish lists of women, children at Houston shelter

Former UNC women's soccer player and current Houston Dash star and her fiancee, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, went the extra mile over the holidays for more than 100 women and children. Watt and Ohai visited the Mission of Yahweh shelter Dec. 23 to bring much-needed shoes for all 130 residents and gifts from each person's wish list. (ABC 13)

Yael Averbuch West Is Paying It Forward

By all standards, West enjoyed a successful professional soccer career. In 2009, she was drafted fourth overall by Sky Blue FC, of Women's Professional Soccer, the professional league that existed between 2009 and 2011. When WPS folded, Averbuch West competed professionally in Russia and then Sweden, where she played until 2013. (Forbes)

Emily Fox Named Finalist For Class Of 2020 Honda Sport Award For Soccer

from the University of North Carolina, Brigham Young's Mikayla Colohan, Jessie Fleming of UCLA, and Stanford's Catarina Macario are the four finalists for the Class of 2020 Honda Sport Award for Soccer. Fox, a junior from Ashland, Va., is a 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist and was named a United Soccer Coaches first-team All-American. (GoHeels.com)

Five facts about Heather O'Reilly

Before it was official that Charlotte was the 30th Major League Soccer franchise, retired women's soccer star made sure it was an announcement we couldn't forget. O'Reilly, who was a part of two national championship teams at the University of North Carolina, belted out her own rendition of James Taylor's iconic "Carolina In My Mind." (WCNC)

Top Drawer Soccer Places Five Tar Heels on Women’s Best XI Teams

The UNC women’s soccer team had five players named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Best XI teams for the 2019 season, which were revealed on Monday. Junior defender led the way as a First Team selection, while junior forward earned a Second Team selection and sophomore midfielder Brianna Pinto was chosen to the Third Team. (Chapelboro.com)

Brianna Pinto Named U.S. Soccer Young Female Player Of The Year

Brianna Pinto has been voted 2019 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year. The Tar Heel sophomore tallied 11 goals and six assists in leading UNC to the Women's College Cup final for the second straight season. A veteran of the U-17 Women's World Cup and U-20 Women's World Cup, Pinto appeared in seven matches for the U-20s this year. (GoHeels.com)

Mauricio Pineda Named To Men's Soccer All-South Regional Team

Mauricio Pineda was named to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Men's Soccer All-South Regional Team on Monday. The senior captain for the Tar Heels was named to the second-team, giving him back-to-back All-South Regional Team honors. Pineda has been an anchor for the Tar Heel midfield for the last four years and is a Senior CLASS Award Finalist. (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: The Creator

's women's soccer program was the prototype against which all others were built and measured, and it was only because the Tar Heels with and 74 other All-Americans he groomed did the sport explode across the American landscape. More girls were playing soccer and, of course, he could no longer sign them all or most of them. (Chapelboro.com)
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