General: A returning starter for the Tar Heels at the center back position...made the transition to that position on a full-time basis after starting at forward her first two years at Carolina...Coach Anson Dorrance says Engen is possibly the best center back in UNC women's soccer history...a two-year starter at forward in 2006 and `07...finished those two seasons as Carolina's third-leading scorer with 37 points and 20 points, respectively ...a tenacious player who will do anything necessary to win a 50-50 ball ... Coach Dorrance says Engen possesses the gift of fury......is a tremendous tackler and competitor.
National Team Experience: Member of full U.S. U23 National Team in 2009...trained in 2006 and 2007 with the U.S. U20 National Team...tapped as a member of the U.S. U20 National Team in January 2006, participating in a nine-day residency camp...that was her first experience on a youth national team...continued as a member of the U20 National Team player pool in 2007.
Club Soccer: Played club soccer for nine years, the last four with Slammers Futbol Club (SFC)...helped lead SFC to back-to-back state and regional titles in 2004-05...twice took part in national championship tournaments with her club, taking second in 2004 and third in 2005...played on `86 ODP team with UNC teammate Ali Hawkins...that team captured regional and national titles.
Junior Season (2008): Had a tremendous junior year...moved into the starting role at center back after playing her first two years as a starting striker...started all 28 games and led the team in minutes played with 2,518...played the last 1,211 minutes of the season without taking a break...recorded three assists...she assisted on Casey Nogueira's goal against Duke which put the Tar Heels up 2-0 in the match's 71st minute...recorded an assist on Courtney Jones' last-second goal which clinched the ACC Tournament final win against Virginia Teach 3-0...had her biggest assist of the year as she fed Ali Hawkins for the game-winning goal in the second overtime as the Heels survived Texas A&M 2-1 in the NCAA quarterfinals...tied the school record for games played and games started in a season with 28...received multiple honors both for her on-field play and her academic excellence...was named a second-team All-America by Soccer Buzz and a third-team All-America by the NSCAA...was a second-team All-ACC honoree...was named to the All-Tournament Teams at both the NCAA College Cup and the ACC Tournament...chosen for the ACC All-Academic Team and was on the NSCAA's first-team Collegiate Scholar All-America squad...tapped for the ACC Academic Honor Roll and made the Dean's List in both semesters...was named All-Southeast Region by both the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz...earned MVP honors at the Duke adidas Classic while making the All-Tournament Team...that earned her a spot that week on the Top Drawer Soccer, Soccer America and Soccer Buzz National Teams of the Week.
Sophomore Season (2007): Named to the All-ACC Academic team, the ACC Honor Roll and to the Dean's List in both semesters... appeared in 23 of 24 games during the season, starting all 23 games she played in... produced the third-highest point total on the team with 20... scored six goals and had eight assists during the year... picked up her first goal of the season against UNC Greensboro... tallied two goals and added an assist in a victory over High Point in the first round of the NCAA Tournament... had two assists against VCU... posted goals against Ohio State, Duke and versus UNC Greensboro in the NCAA tournament second round matchup... picked up assists against Maryland, Virginia Tech, Duke, NC State and Clemson.
Freshman Season (2006): Played in 27 games for the Tar Heels...started 24 of those games in her freshman season...was Carolina's third-leading point producer with 37...tied for second on the team in goals with 12 and in assists with 13...won the UNC soccer team's Gift of Fury award for the 2006 season...a Soccer Buzz second-team freshman All-America selection...earned a spot on Soccer America's second-team All-Freshman squad...a Top Drawer Soccer first-team All-Freshman Team honoree...made the All-Tournament Team at the 2006 ACC Tournament...a 2006 ACC All-Freshman Team choice...named to the ACC All-Academic Women's Soccer Team...earned Dean's List mention in the spring semester of 2007...2007 ACC Academic Honor Roll selection...Soccer Buzz second-team All-Southeast Region selection...also named to the Freshman All-Southeast Region Team by Soccer Buzz...was named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the week on October 9, 2006 for her play against Virginia and Duke...had points in 18 of 28 games...had at least one point in each of the three ACC Tournament games and in five of the six NCAA Tournament matches...had a pair of goals in wins over NC State in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals and against Navy in the NCAA Tournament second round...had two assists in the comeback win against Connecticut early in the year and in the ACC semifinals against Clemson...had a goal and an assist in the NCAA third round game against Tennessee and in the match against Washington...scored the game-tying goal against Texas A&M in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament...assisted on Elizabeth Guess' game-winning goal in overtime against Florida State in the ACC Tournament final...also assisted on Casey Nogueira's game-winning goal in the NCAA Tournament championship match against Notre Dame.
Prep: One of seven Tar Heel freshmen who were ranked among the Top 25 recruits in the nation by Soccer Buzz in 2006...Coach Dorrance says she was one of the best headers he has ever seen coming out of the high school ranks...graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. on June 15, 2006...lettered for two years as a forward and attacking midfielder on the varsity soccer team...missed her junior season with an injury and then concentrated on club soccer during her senior year...named high school's Most Valuable Offensive Player as a freshman and Most Valuable Player as a sophomore.
Personal: Given name is Whitney Elizabeth Engen...nicknamed Whit...daughter of Chris and Kim Engen...born November 28, 1987 in Torrance, Calif. ...has one brother, Taylor, 19...her mother was a scholarship tennis player at UCLA.
2008-09 WHITNEY ENGEN HONORS
Second-Team Soccer Buzz All-America
Third-Team NSCAA All-America
Women's College Cup All-Tournament Team
ACC All-Academic Team
NSCAA/adidas First-Team Collegiate Scholar All-America Team
2009 ACC Academic Honor Roll
Fall 2008 Dean's List
Spring 2009 Dean's List
First-Team NSCAA All-Southeast Region
First-Team Soccer Buzz All-Southeast Region
Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week (September 23, 2008)
Soccer America National Team of the Week (September 23, 2008)
Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week (September 23, 2008)
MVP of 2008 Duke adidas Classic
2008 Duke adidas Classic All-Tournament Team
Academic Major: Political Science
Career Plans: Law school, saving the world, I will start with those two and then we will see what happens from there
Hobbies: Reading, laughing with my best friend until it hurts, going to the beach when I am home in California, shopping
Biggest Sports Thrill: Being a part of this UNC Family. No awards or accolades can replace the friendships and memories that I have experienced with my team here at University of North Carolina
People with the Greatest Influence on my Athletic Career: My Parents
Favorite Books: Freakonomics, Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham
Favorite Foods: Sourdough bread, short bread cookies
Favorite Movies: Meet Joe Black, Superbad, Wedding Crashers, Knocked Up, Dodge Ball, Zoolander
Favorite TV Show: Rock of Love
Sports I Would Play Other Than Soccer: Football or gymnastics
Superpower I Wish I Had: The ability to read peoples minds. I would only want this super power if I could be able to turn it on or off as need be. If it was a constant thing then I would probably go crazy. If not that, then invisibility would work.
Place I Want To Live For The Rest Of Mh Life: Palos Verdes, Calif.
I Can't Live Without...: My family... I am so lucky to have such a great, loving family that supports me in everything I do.
Year GP/GS Shots G A PTS 2006 27/24 56 12 13 37 2007 23/22 47 6 8 20 2008 28/28 3 0 3 3 Totals 78/76 106 18 24 60
|Hometown:||Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.|
|High School:||Palos Verdes Peninsula|