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UNC Faces Duke In Top 10 Duel Thursday
Release: 10/17/2012

    TAR HEELS FINISH REGULAR SEASON WITH THREE GAMES IN TAR HEEL STATE: The 2012 University of North Carolina women's soccer team will finish out its regular season with three successive games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents to be played in the state of North Carolina.

    The Tar Heels travel to Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. on Thursday to meet Duke University at 7 p.m.  This coming Sunday, the Tar Heels will play host to Wake Forest at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field.  Next Thursday the Tar Heels will finish out the regular season with at 7 p.m. game against NC State in Raleigh, N.C.

 

 

    SUCCESS AT HOME:  After starting the ACC regular season with back-to-back road games at Maryland and Virginia and going 0-1-1 in those games, the 2012 University of North Carolina women's soccer team returned to Fetzer Field on September 20 to start a four-game homestand against ACC opponents.  With the exception of a 1-0 loss to top-ranked and undefeated Florida State on September 27, the Tar Heels thrived on the homestand, going 3-1 overall and beating a pair of Top 15 teams, downing Virginia Tech 3-1 on September 20 and Boston College 1-0 on October 4.  The homestand helped the Tar Heels get back on track and they carried that momentum over to a game at Clemson on October 12 in which they defeated the Tigers 4-0.  That was the most lopsided home loss of the season for Clemson whose previous largest margin of defeat at home had been two goals.

 

 

    THE BASICS OF THE DUKE MATCHUP: The Tar Heels enter the match against Duke with a record of 8-3-2 overall, including a 4-2-1 mark in the ACC.  The Blue Devils come into the match at 11-3-2 overall and 5-2-2 in the ACC.  Thursday will be Duke's final ACC match of the season.

    Duke is ranked slightly higher than the Tar Heels in both national polls this week.  The Blue Devils are ranked sxith by Soccer America and eighth by the NSCAA.  North Carolina is seventh in the Soccer America poll and 10th in the NSCAA poll.

 

 

    THE BASICS OF THE WAKE FOREST MATCHUP: Both North Carolina and Wake Forest play matches on Thursday prior to meeting up on Sunday in Chapel Hill.  UNC plays at Duke on Thursday night while Wake Forest will play host to NC State.

    The Tar Heels enter the match against Duke with a record of 8-3-2 overall, including a 4-2-1 mark in the ACC.  The Demon Deacons come into the match against NC State at 10-4-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the ACC.  Wake Forest has matches remaining in the regular season with NC State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

    North Carolina is seventh in the Soccer America poll and 10th in the NSCAA poll this week.  Wake Forest enters the week at 13th in the NSCAA poll and 12th in the Soccer America poll.

 

    BROADCAST INFORMATION FOR BOTH GAMES: Unprecented coverage of North Carolina women soccer continues this weekend as both games will be webcast as well as broadcast on WCHL Radio.

    Thursday's game against Duke will be webcast on the ACC Digital Network on YouTube.  Patrick Kinas will serve as the play by play announcer and former Duke men's soccer coach John Rennie will be the analyst.  Sunday's match against Wake Forest will be webcast nationally on ESPN3.  Kyle Straub will serve as the play by play announcer while former UNC player Leea Murphy will serve as color analyst.

    Links for both broadcast can be found on GoHeels.com.  Links for the Thursday match will be on TheACC.com and YouTube.com.  You can also go to WatchESPN to view Sunday's game versus Wake Forest.

    Both games this weekend will also be broadcast live on WCHL FM/AM in Chapel Hill, N.C. (97.9 FM/1360 AM).  Paul Connell will serve as the play by play announcer and Hampton Dellinger will be the analyst.

 

    FINISHING THE REGULAR SEASON STRONG: Carolina came out of the gates this year a bit slow by historical standards, going 0-1-1 in the first two matches and standing 4-2-2 after eight games.

    Four wins in the past five games have moved UNC into a tie for fourth place in the ACC standings with Virginia and Wake Forest.

    Going into action on Thursday, Florida State leads the ACC standings with 21 points followed by Maryland with 19 points and Duke with 17 points.  North Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia are tied for fourth with 13 points while Boston College is seventh with nine points.  Virginia Tech and Miami both have seven points and are currently tied for eighth place, the last team that qualifies for the ACC Tournament.

    If the Tar Heels are to gain a final Top 4 spot in the league standings and with it a home game in the ACC quarterfinals, they do control their own fate as they play both Duke and Wake Forest head-to-head.  UNC meets Duke on October 18 and Wake Forest on October 21.

 

    THIS WEEK IN THE RANKINGS:  UNC is now seventh in the Soccer America poll and 10th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.

    It is the second highest ranking for Carolina this year in the NSCAA poll (8th in the preseason) and the third highest ranking int he Soccer America poll (fourth in preseason, sixth on September 11).

 

 

    SOCIAL MEDIA:  You can follow match action on Twitter at @ncwomenssoccer (official feed) and @uncwomenssoccer (players feed).

    Live stats for the matches will also be available on GoHeels.com for both games.

 

    TICKETS FOR SUNDAY'S MATCH:  North Carolina's final regular season home match will be against Wake Forest on Sunday at 1 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for general admission seats and can be purchased in advance at the Ticket Center on GoHeels.com.  Fans can also purchase tickets on game day at the Carmichael Arena Ticket Office.  The ticket office will open up at 12 noon.  Sunday's game will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation game at Fetzer Field as well.

    All UNC faculty, staff and students will be admitted to the game free of charge by showing their UNC One Cards.

 

    THE NCAA RPI:  The NCAA announced the fourth RPI of the 2012 season Tuesday and North Carolina is in the Top 10 for the fourth straight week at No. 8.  Stanford leads the RPI followed by Florida State, UCLA, BYU, Penn State, San Diego State, Florida and North Carolina.

    Carolina has played a schedule dotted with teams high in the current RPI.  In the coming week, UNC will play both #10 Duke on October 18 and #11 Wake Forest on October 21.

    Carolina has already played games against #2 Florida State, #7 Florida, #14 Virginia, #25 Virginia Tech, #26 Notre Dame, #27 Boston College, #28 Maryland, #30 Portland, #37 Marquette, #51 San Diego, #71 Miami, #89 Connecticut and #100 Clemson.

    Of UNC's 16 regular-season matches the only opponent not currently in the RPI Top 100 is NC State.  The Tar Heels will play the Wolfpack (#155) on October 25.

 

    UNC VERSUS DUKE:  North Carolina leads the all-time series with Duke 34-2-1.  UNC has won seven in a row in the series including a 1-0 victory last year in Chapel Hill.

 

 

    UNC VERSUS WAKE FOREST:  North Carolina leads the all-time series with Wake Forest 25-1-2.  The two teams have drawn in each of their last two matches.

    Carolina and Wake Forest played to a 1-1 tie in the 2010 ACC Tournament semifinals in Cary, N.C.  Last year, Carolina and Wake Forest played to a scoreless tie at Fetzer Field.

 

    WORLD CHAMPIONS RETURN TO SQUAD:  Three key members of the victorious USA Team at the 2012 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup returned to the Tar Heel squad on Monday, September 11, 2012 after missing the first six games of the season.

    Junior forward Kealia Ohai, junior defender Crystal Dunn and freshman goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin appeared in their first game of the season with the Tar Heels on September 13 against Maryland.

    In the U20 gold-medal game win over Germany by a 1-0 score on September 8, Ohai scored the only goal of the game, Dunn had the assist on the game-winning goal by her UNC teammate and Heaberlin went the entire way in goal, posting a clean sheet and making five saves.

 

                        UNC'S U20 WORLD CHAMPIONS OVER THE YEARS:  Ohai, Dunn and Heaberlin continued the legacy of outstanding UNC players who have won gold medals at the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup since 2002.  Carolina players have now played key roles in all three tournament championships for the USA.

    In 2002, six Tar Heels were on the American roster - Lindsay Tarpley, Amy Steadman, Lori Chalupny, Heather O'Reilly, Kendall Fletcher and Ashlyn Harris.  All but Steadman started in the gold medal game for the U.S. against Canada in Edmonton, Alberta.  Tarpley's goal in overtime on a rebound of her own saved shot lifted the U.S. to that title 1-0.

    In 2008, a pair of UNC players - Nikki Washington and Meghan Klingenberg - started on the U.S. team which beat North Korea in the championship game on December 7, 2008 in Santiago, Chile.  That same day, their UNC teammates defeated Notre Dame 2-1 to win the NCAA championship, their 20th national title, in Cary, N.C. at WakeMed Soccer Park.

 

    BROOKS NAMED A FINALIST FOR 2012 SENIOR CLASS AWARD:  University of North Carolina senior midfielder Amber Brooks of New Hope, Pa. is among the ten NCAA® women's soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and were selected as finalists October 17 for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate soccer.

    To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.

    Brooks is the fifth Tar Heel to be named a finalist in the six years of the existence of the award.  Previous finalists from UNC were Jessica Maxwell in 2007, Yael Averbuch in 2008, Kristi Eveland in 2009 and Ali Hawkins in 2010.  Hawkins won the Senior CLASS Award two years ago.

    An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

    The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 women's candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through November 19. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

    The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Women's College Cup® championships. The Women's College Cup will take place November 30 and December 2 in San Diego.

    The finalists for this year's award are Amber Brooks of North Carolina, Tara Campbell of Duke, Adrianna Franch of Oklahoma State, Tishia Jewell of UCF, Lindsi Cutshall of BYU, Aly Miller of Marquette, Mariah Nogueira of Stanford, Natalie Morris of Utah State, Mallory Schaffer of William and Mary and Colleen Williams of Dayton.

 

    GREEN NAMED ACC, SOCCER AMERICA & TOP DRAWER SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  North Carolina freshman forward Summer Green was named the ACC Women's Soccer Player of the Week, the Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week and the Soccer America National Player of the Week on September 11, 2012 following her role in wins over Marquette 4-0 and San Diego 5-0.

    Green was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Duke Nike Classic following a pair of two-goal games which helped the Tar Heels defeat Marquette, 4-0, and San Diego, 5-0. The rookie from Milford, Mich., tallied two-second half goals in the rout of the Golden Eagles and scored the game-winner against the Toreros. She added the third goal in the victory over San Diego as the Tar Heels pulled away in the second half.  Green leads the team with five goals and two assists.

    This was her first career ACC Player of the Week nod. Green also earned national honors that week when she was named TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Player of the Week and Soccer America's National Player of the Week. Green was joined on the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week by senior defender Amber Brooks.

 

    ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS FOR THE HEELS:  At the 2012 Notre Dame adidas Invitational August 31 and September 2, freshman forward Summer Green was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player and senior defender Amber Brooks was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player.  Senior midfielder Ranee Premji and sophomore defender Satara Murray joined those two Tar Heels on the All-Tournament Team.

    At the Duke Nike Invitational on September 7 and 9, Green was named the tournament MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Brooks, Premji and senior forward Maria Lubrano.

 

    SHUTOUTS ARE INFREQUENT:  UNC's 1-0 loss to Florida State on September 27 was only the 33rd time the Tar Heels have been shut out in their history in the 810 matches played since 1979. Carolina has suffered 23 shutout losses in its history.  The Tar Heels have also played 10 scoreless ties in their history.

 

    DUNN NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA:  North Carolina junior defender Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, N.Y., was named to the preseason All-America Team announced by Soccer America Magazine in mid-August.  This was the second successive year that the Dunn was named to Soccer America's preseason team.

 

    DUNN NAMED TO HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST:  North Carolina junior Crystal Dunn was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List for 2011 in early August.  The marks the second straight year Dunn was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List.  She was a semifinalist for the 2010 Hermann Trophy.  The Hermann Trophy is awarded annually to the national player of the year in conjunction with the Missouri Athletic Club and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

 

    TAR HEELS TAP CO-CAPTAINS:  A pair of UNC veterans with plenty of starting experience were elected by their teammates as co-captains of the 2012 Tar Heel team.

    Senior forward Maria Lubrano of High Point, N.C.and senior midfielder Amber Brooks of New Hope, Pa. were elected co-captains.  Brooks is in her fourth year as a starter while Lubrano earned significant starting experience in both 2009 and 2011.

    Lubrano is one of the great success stories on the UNC roster as she was granted a sixth season of eligibility in 2012.  Lubrano missed the entirety of the 2008 and 2010 seasons with two different season-ending injuries.  She was a solid performer on the 2009 national championship team and then returned after a year off to be an impact player in 2011.

 

    THREE TAR HEELS ON TOP DRAWER SOCCER LIST:  Top Drawer Soccer Magazine has named both a preseason and midseason list of the Top 100 upperclassmen to watch in the 2012 season.  UNC had three players named to the list, including the top-ranked player in senior mifielder Amber Brooks.  Junior defender Crystal Dunn is the 29th-ranked player on the TDS List of Upperclassmen while junior forward Kealia Ohai was the No. 46 player on the list.

 

    FIVE TAR HEELS ON TOP DRAWER SOCCER FRESHMAN LIST:  Top Drawer Soccer Magazine recently named the list of the Top 100 freshman to watch in the 2012 season.  The midseason report had five Tar Heels on it, including forward Summer Green at No. 1, midfielder Katie Bowen at No. 4, defender Hanna Gardner at No. 32, midfielder Reilly Parker at No. 72 and goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin at No. 78.

 

    CAROLINA'S STELLAR ACC RECORD:  Carolina has gone 57-12-3 in ACC regular-season matches since a 2-1 loss to Duke at Fetzer Field on October 9, 2005.

    The losses were to Miami in 2007, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Miami in 2009, Boston College and Maryland in 2010, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland in 2011 and Maryland and Florida State in 2012 while the ties were with Florida State in 2008, Wake Forest in 2011 and Virginia in 2012.

    In an era of the greatest parity in ACC history over the past eight years, Tar Heels have still won 81.3 percent of their last 72 ACC regular season games.

 

CAROLINA IN SEASON OPENERS:  After a 1-0 loss at Portland on August 17, 2012, UNC saw a four-game winning streak in season openers come to an end after having lost two in a row in 2006 and 2007.   The Tar Heels are 28-4-2 all-time in season openers with losses in 1983 (road), 2006 (road), 2007 (home) and 2012 (road) and ties in 1985 (home) and 2002 (road).

 

    UNC IN HOME OPENERS:  North Carolina has a record of 30-1-3 in home openers all-time. The only loss came to South Carolina 1-0 in 2007 and the ties were against George Mason in 1985, against Stanford in 2010 and against Florida in 2012.

 

    THE ALL-TIME RECORD:  UNC heads into its match against Duke with a record of 736-47-28 overall, a winning percentage of .925.

 

    AVERAGE RECORD PER YEAR:  UNC's average record per year in its 34 years of soccer is 21.65 wins per year, 1.38 losses per year and 0.82 ties per year.

 

    FIFTEEN ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAS SINCE 2005:  UNC has had 15 selections for the Capital One Academic All-America first, second and third teams since 2005, including two players in 2011.  Carolina also had seven women's soccer players named Academic All-Americas from 1983-2001, giving the program 22 selections since the Academic All-America program began in 1983.  Following is a summary of the 15 selections from 2005-11.

  • 2005 - Heather O'Reilly, second team; Lindsay Tarpley, third team.
  • 2006 - Heather O'Reilly, first team (Academic All-America of the Year); Anna Rodenbough, second team; Yael Averbuch, third team.
  • 2007 - Yael Averbuch, second team; Anna Rodenbough, second team.
  • 2008 - Kristi Eveland, first team; Yael Averbuch, first team (Academic All-America of the Year); Anna Rodenbough, second team.
  • 2009 - Kristi Eveland, first team; Whitney Engen, second team; Ashlyn Harris, second team.
  • 2011 - Adelaide Gay, first team; Amber Brooks, second team.

 

30 TOURNAMENT BIDS IN 30 YEARS:    Carolina's at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament insured that it was playing in The Big Dance for the 30th successive year.

    Only North Carolina and Connecticut made the NCAA Tournament field in each of the first 26 years of tournament play. However, the Huskies did not make the tournament field in 2008 so Carolina has the distinction of being the only team to make the NCAA field in all 30 years.  The Tar Heels have won 20 of the 30 NCAA titles since the tournament began in 1982.

 

    TAR HEELS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON ACC POLL:  The North Carolina women's soccer team was picked to finish fourth during the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference season in a head coaches' poll released August 10.

    Duke collected a total of 119 total points (11 points for each first-place vote, 10 points for each second-place vote, etc.). Wake Forest and Florida State, which joined Duke in the 2011 NCAA College Cup, were selected second and third, respectively. The Demon Deacons amassed 99 total points to the Seminoles' 94. North Carolina (92 points) and Virginia (89) were selected to finish fourth and fifth in the tight voting.

    The Blue Devils received 10 first-place votes in balloting among the ACC's 11 head coaches. Defending conference champion Florida State received the other first-place vote. Duke is the first team other than North Carolina to be selected first in the ACC preseason poll since the coaches' vote began in 1992.

 

    O'REILLY AND HEATH REPEAT AS GOLD MEDALISTS: North Carolina alumnae Heather O'Reilly and Tobin Heath were officially crowned as Olympic gold medalists again as the U.S. defeated Japan 2-1 in the gold medal match August 9 before an Olympic record crowd of 80,203 fans at the Hallowed Grounds of Wembley Stadium.  The U.S. has now won three gold medals in a row and four of the five tournaments since the sport was added to the Olympic docket in 1996 in Atlanta.

    It was the third Olympic gold medal for O'Reilly who also was on winning teams in 2004 and 2008.  Heath won her second gold medal.  She was also on the winning side in Beijing.

    "We were so proud to represent UNC at the Olympics," said O'Reilly.  "UNC is a special place, and it was there that our passion, skills, and competitive fire grew. UNC and North Carolina as a whole has always been so supportive of women's soccer and we are happy we could bring home another gold to an already title rich community."

    Robyn Gayle, a defender for the Canadian team, won a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics after the Canadians defeated France 1-0 in the bronze medal game.  Gayle is a 2008 alumna of UNC.

 

    SEVEN TAR HEEL GAMES TO BE TELEVISED IN 2012:  The Atlantic Coast Conference announced broadcast coverage August 3 for its Olympic sports for the upcoming fall season. The league's media rights-holders will distribute at least 77 events live, more than double any previous fall package.

    Seven University of North Carolina women's soccer games are available this year either through regional television coverage or webcasting.  Earlier this summer, UNC announced a partnership with WCHL Radio in Chapel Hill that will see eight games broadcast live this season.

    The two packages will give Carolina women's soccer unprecedented media coverage during the 2012 season.  Additional UNC games will be webcast including the September 30 game against Miami on GoHeelsTV.

Here are details of the telecasting/webcasting schedule for women's soccer:

Friday, August 24 vs. Florida at Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C. (ESPN3)

Thursday, September 20 vs. Virginia Tech at Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C. (ESPN3)

Thursday, September 27 vs. Florida State at Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C. (ESPN3)

Thursday, October 4 vs. Boston College at Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C. (RSN)

Thursday, October 18 at Duke, Durham, N.C. (ACCDN on You Tube)

Sunday, October 21 vs. Wake Forest at Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C. (ESPN3)

Thursday, October 25 at NC State, Raleigh, N.C. (ESPN3)

 

    EIGHT UNC WOMEN'S SOCCER GAMES TO BE BROADCAST ON WCHL:  Eight of the University of North Carolina's 16 regular-season women's soccer matches in 2012 are being broadcast live on WCHL Radio (97.9 FM) in Chapel Hill this season.  The announcement was made by WCHL CEO Barry Leffler and UNC Associate Athletic Director Rick Steinbacher this past summer.

    This will mark the third successive year that WCHL is broadcasting UNC women's soccer games.  The eight-game broadcast schedule is the largest yet announced by the station.  All games will be simulcast on WCHL AM (1360) and WCHL FM (97.9.  Five of UNC's seven home matches will be broadcast as well as three road games.  The complete broadcast schedule includes:

Sun., Sept. 9, vs. San Diego at Duke Nike Classic, Durham, N.C., 11 a.m.

Thurs., Sept. 20, vs. Virginia Tech at Fetzer Field, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 27 vs. Florida State at Fetzer Field, 7 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 30 vs. Miami at Fetzer Field, 1 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 4 vs. Boston College at Fetzer Field, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 18 at Duke, 7 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 21 vs. Wake Forest at Fetzer Field, 1 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 25 at NC State, 7 p.m.

 

    HAMM NAMED TOP FEMALE ATHLETE OF TITLE IX ERA:  North Carolina soccer legends Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly were honored by ESPNW as two of the top 40 female athletes of the Title IX era this past summer.  Hamm was named the top athlete of the past 40 years by ESPNW while Lilly ranked 36th on the list of the Top 40.

    ESPNW announced its choices to mark the 40th anniversary of Title IX legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Richard Nixon in 1972.  Title IX is credited with opening up not only educational opportunities for women but also being the key legislation that led to the rise of women's collegiate sports.

    There is no arguing that both Hamm and Lilly were key players in the growth of women's sports.  Hamm, from the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., and Lilly, from Wilton, Conn., both arrived at Carolina in the fall of 1989.  Collectively they played key roles in the Tar Heels domination of the NCAA and ACC during their collegiate runs.  Lilly played on NCAA championship teams in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992.  Hamm red-shirted in 1991 and was on NCAA title-winning teams in 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1993.  They both played roles on teams which posted 103-match unbeaten and 92-game winning streaks.  The only loss of their Tar Heel era came at Connecticut in 1990.

 

    COWIE WINS INTERNATIONAL FREESTYLE COMPETITION:  Indi Cowie, a freshman on the University of North Carolina women's soccer team, was named the winner of the 2012 FIFA Street vs. Street World Soccer Freestyle champion sponsored by EA Sports.  The highly touted freshman forward from Cary, N.C., was one of 13 recruits in Anson Dorrance's class of newcomers that begin play in August 2012.

    Cowie entered the competition with the blessing of both Dorrance and assistant coach Chris Ducar, who was the primary recruiter of Cowie when she was in high school.  EA Sports ran this year's competition on a global scale.  Contestants entered by submitting videos on YouTube.

    The online contest was open to both male and female competitors and for the first four weeks public voting helped determine who would advance to the later stages of the competition.  The top eight vote getters were advanced on as well as two wild card entries chosen by the EA Sports staff.  Four top European soccer players narrowed the field to four with Cowie's video making it to the finals.  These players included Jack Wilshere of Arsenal, Xabi Alonso of Real Madrid, Steve Mandanda of Marseille and Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon.  Cowie was named the winner of the competition with the final judgment being made by Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona, considered by many to be the world's top soccer player.

 

    A TRIO OF INGLORIOUS FIRSTS:  As North Carolina seeks to continue its winning streak Thursday versus Duke, the Tar Heels have to own up to a trio of program firsts earlier in the year.

    Carolina's 0-1-1 start was the first time it ever went winless in its first two games of a season.  The 1-0 loss at Portland and the 0-0 tie with Florida also marked the first time in Carolina history that the Tar Heels had been shutout in back-to-back games.

    By starting the ACC season 0-1-1, Carolina was winless through its opening two ACC games for the first time in school history.

    That it took 811 games to accomplish any of these rather unwanted milestones is equally amazing.

    Despite those ignominous firsts, the Tar Heels are still No. 8 in the NCAA's fourth RPI of the 2012 season.seasonseasonseason.2EN AND HARRIS REAP TOP WPS AWARDS:  Whitney Engen and Ashlyn Harris, who played together on three NCAA championship teams at UNC from 2006-09, were named the winners of the WPS defender and goalkeeper of the year awards for 2011.  Both players were only in their second years in the league.



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