TAR HEELS RENEW LONG-STANDING RIVALRY WITH DUKE THURSDAY: Fourth-ranked North Carolina will play host to 25th-ranked Duke Thursday night at Fetzer Field in the renewal of one of the longest-standing rivalries in collegiate women's soccer.
Game time is 7 p.m. on Halloween night in Chapel Hill. Fetzer Field will be the host facility.
Tickets for Thursday night's game are $5 general admission and can be purchased in advance in the Ticket Center on GoHeels.com. Tickets can also purchased on game day beginning at 6 p.m. when the Carmichael Arena Ticket Office opens.
North Carolina enters the match 15-3 overall and 9-3 in the ACC. Duke is 8-6-4 overall and 5-4-3 in the ACC. Other than ACC regular-season champion Virginia, Duke is the currently the hottest team in the ACC and will present quite a challenge to the homestanding Tar Heels. The Blue Devils have won three in a row and are 4-0-1 in their past five ACC games.
IT'S HALLOWEEN, TIME TO DRESS UP: Halloween night in Chapel Hill is historic for its revelry and we want to encourage that atmosphere Thursday night at Fetzer Field.
Fans are welcomed to come to the Carolina-Duke game in costume, but expect tight enforcement at the Fetzer Field gates when it comes to the appropriate nature of the garb.
NO MASKS, NO WEAPONS, NO EXCEPTIONS. NO FAKE GUNS, NO SWORDS, NO NUNCHUKS OR OTHER DANGEROUS ACCESSORIES.
In short, fans are welcomed to make the atmosphere festive but common sense will of course prevail.
PARKING, PARKING, PARKING: Many roads heading into Chapel Hill Thursday night will be blocked by University and Chapel Hill police in conjunction with the annual Franklin Street Halloween celebration.
However, working with the Department of Public Safety, the following parking accomodations have been made for soccer fans attending the UNC-Duke game.
Please read carefully and if you have questions remaining please refer to the UNC Department of Public Safety website for further details.
Parents and Fans Parking:
• Raleigh Road Visitor's Lot, School of Government and Bell Tower decks are free for Women's Soccer fans and parents until 7:30 p.m.
• All fans (including parents) MUST say they are attending the women's soccer game or they will be charged $20 for Halloween parking.
• Spaces are limited to first come, first serve.
• After 7:30 p.m., all parking will be $20.
Fans can expect delays so please plan accordingly. Chapel Hill and campus streets will have checkpoints in place as early as 6 p.m. PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY.
WE ARE ON ESPN3 AND WATCH ESPN: Thursday's game will also be televised nationally on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Exact kickoff time is 7:05 p.m. Links for Thursday's telecast can be found on GoHeels.com and on the web at WatchESPN.
Andrew Sanders will provide play-by-play coverage of Thursday night's game on ESPN3 with former UNC women's soccer star Leea Murphy handling the color commentary.
THURSDAY NIGHT'S RADIO COVERAGE: Fans can also listen to the game live on WCHL Radio with veteran play-by-play voice Paul Connell on the call and John Stanley doing color analysis. WCHL Radio can be found on the FM dial at 97.9, on the AM dial at 1360 and a live stream will also be available on Chapelboro.com.
ALSO FOLLOW VIA TWITTER & LIVE STATS: Fans will also be able to follow the game through Game Watcher on GoHeels.com and via Twitter updates at @ncwomenssoccer and @uncwomenssoccer.
IMPLICATIONS IN THE ACC STANDINGS: Heading into Thursday night's game in Chapel Hill, there are 10 teams in contention for the eight spots available in the ACC Tournament. Quartefinal games will be played Sunday at the home sites of the tournament's top four seeds. The ACC semifinals (ESPN3) are slated for Friday night November 8 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. and the ACC championship game (ESPNU) will be played on Sunday, November 10 at 4 p.m.
Here is what we do know at this point. Virginia has clinched the #1 seed in the tournament and Notre Dame is locked in as the #5 seeds.
Seeds 2-4 are up for grabs as are seeds 6-8. Other than Virginia, home quarterfinal games have been secured by Florida State, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.
Here are the standings heading into Thursday night's game:
1. Virginia, 36 points
2. Florida State, 29 points
3. Virginia Tech, 28 points
4. North Carolina, 27 points
5. Notre Dame, 22 points
6. Duke, 18 points
7. Wake Forest, 17 points
8. Boston College, 16 points
9. Maryland, 15 points
10. Clemson, 14 points
11. Miami & Syracuse, 10 points
13. NC State, 3 points
14. Pittsburgh, 0 points
All 14 ACC teams will be in action on Thursday on the final game of the regular season.
4 p.m.-Syracuse at Boston College
7 p.m.-Duke at North Carolina
7 p.m.-Pittsburgh at Maryland
7 p.m.-Wake Forest at NC State
7 p.m.-Virginia Tech at Virginia
7 p.m.-Clemson at Miami
8 p.m.-Notre Dame at Florida State
TAR HEELS VERSUS THE BLUE DEVILS: Thursday will mark the 39th meeting between North Carolina and Duke on the soccer pitch. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series 35-2-1. Carolina has won its last eight meetings against the Blue Devils.
This will be the 18th meeting between the two teams in Chapel Hill. North Carolina is 15-2-1 against the Blue Devils in the previous 17 games at Fetzer Field.
TWICE SINCE 1986: Carolina's 2-0 setback against Virginia on October 20 marked only the second loss for the Tar Heels by a margin of more than one goal in 690 games. That streak traced back to the opening game of the 1986 season. Carolina's only other loss since that time by a margin of greater than a goal came on November 20, 2010 when the Tar Heels lost 4-1 at Fetzer Field against Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament third round.
IT'S ALL ABOUT SCORING (AND DEFENDING TOO): Since the start of the 2006 campaign on August 25, 2006 at Texas A&M, North Carolina has scored at least one goal in 173 of the past 192 games.
Carolina is 156-9-8 in games in which it has scored at least one goal. Over the same period of time, UNC is 0-16-3 in the 19 games in which it has failed to score.
In those 192 contests, UNC has shutout its opponents 103 times and gone 100-0-3 in those games.
TAR HEELS IN THE ACC: Parity arrived in the Atlantic Coast Conference years and years ago and yet the Tar Heels take the field Thursday at Fetzer Field against Duke still having lost only 21 ACC regular-season games since league play began in 1987. The Tar Heels are 168-21-6 all-time in ACC regular-season matches.
UNC has averaged just 0.78 ACC regular-season losses a year in the 27 years of league play.
When North Carolina dropped back-to-back 1-0 decisions against Notre Dame and Florida State on September 18 and September 21, it marked only the fourth time in school history that UNC had lost successive regular-season conference games.
The other three occasions were October 23, 2011 at Virginia Tech (0-1) and October 27, 2011 at Maryland (1-2 in overtime); October 22, 2009 at Florida State (2-3 in two overtimes) and October 25, 2009 at Miami (0-1); and October 17, 2000 at Florida State (2-3 in double overtime) and October 27, 2000 at Wake Forest (0-1).
Remarkably, in three of the past four seasons, including this year, UNC had a losing record in ACC play at one point in the season. The Tar Heels started the 2010 season 0-1 in the ACC, the 2012 season 1-2-1 in the ACC and the 2013 season 1-2 in the ACC. The only other time in history when UNC had a losing record in ACC regular-season play in its history was 2002 when the Tar Heels lost their season opener to NC State.
DID YOU KNOW...: North Carolina would have to lose its next 706 games in a row for Head Coach Anson Dorrance to have a .500 coaching winning percentage in his career at the helm of the Tar Heels.
UNC enters this Thursday's game with Duke with an all-time record of 758-52-29. Dorrance has coached the Tar Heels in all 839 of their games.
DID YOU KNOW, PART 2...: When North Carolina lost to Notre Dame 1-0 on September 15 and to Florida State 1-0 on September 18, it marked the first time since October 16, 1982 and October 17, 1982 that the Tar Heels had lost back-to-back games in regulation time.
The Tar Heels lost to Missouri-St. Louis 2-1 on October 16, 1982 and to Cortland State 2-1 on October 17, 1982 with both games being played at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
It took another 31 years for the Tar Heels to lose back-to-back games in regulation time.
CAROLINA IN THE RPI: Carolina is currently No. 3 in the NCAA RPI numbers released this past Monday.
The Top 10 in this week's RPI includes a plethora of ACC teams and UNC opponents. Undefeated and untied Virginia is No. 1 followed by UCLA, North Carolina, Marquette, Georgetown, Florida State, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Virginia Tech.
Among the nation's Top 30 teams in the RPI, UNC has played this season against #1 Virginia, #2 UCLA, #6 Florida State, #10 Virginia Tech, #14 Santa Clara, #15 Wake Forest, #21 West Virginia, #25 Notre Dame and #28 Duke.
The RPI rankings of UNC's other 10 regular-season opponents are: #33 Boston College, #38 Maryland, #61 Clemson, #67 VCU, #72 Miami, #85 Syracuse, #110 NC State, #157 Kennesaw State, #186 Pittsburgh and #208 New Mexico.
Altogether, UNC has played 12 of 19 games against Top 64 RPI teams and 14 of 19 games against Top 100 teams.
IN THE RANKINGS: After winning the 2012 NCAA championship, North Carolina entered the 2013 campaign ranked #1 in all three major polls - the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, the Top Drawer Soccer poll and the Soccer America poll.
The Tar Heels remained in the No. 1 spot in the first three regular-season polls. But the back-to-back losses to Notre Dame and Florida State in the fourth week of the regular season pushed UNC down in the rankings.
Carolina is ranked fourth this week by Soccer America and it is fourth in the NSCAA coaches poll and third in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.
OHAI NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST: Thirty NCAA women's soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates August 21 for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer. Amongst the 30 women's candidates was Kealia Ohai, senior forward for the University of North Carolina and a Draper, Utah native.
On October 15, Ohai was named one of the 10 finalists for the 2013 award. She is the sixth Tar Heel in the seven years of the award to be named a Senior CLASS Award finalist.
The other Tar Heels so designated were Jessica Maxwell in 2007, Yael Averbuch in 2008, Kristi Eveland in 2009, Ali Hawkins in 2010 and Amber Brooks in 2012.
Hawkins won the Senior CLASS Award in 2010.
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.
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 Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women's College Cup® championship in December.
Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
To vote for your favorite candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
CAROLINA IN SEASON OPENERS: After a 2-0 win over Santa Clara on August 23, improved to 29-4-2 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 31-1-3 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 758-52-29 overall, a winning percentage of .921.
AVERAGE RECORD PER YEAR: UNC's average record per year in its 35 years of soccer is 21.66 wins per year, 1.49 losses per year and 0.83 ties per year.
SOCIAL MEDIA: You can follow match action on Twitter at @ncwomenssoccer (official feed) and @uncwomenssoccer (players feed).
Live stats for all Carolina matches will also be available on GoHeels.com.
SHUTOUTS ARE INFREQUENT: UNC's 2-0 loss to Virginia on October 20, 2013 was only the 37th time the Tar Heels have been shut out in their history. Altogether, UNC has played 839 matches since 1979. They have been blanked on the scoreboard in only 4.4 percent of the games they have played in. Carolina has suffered 27 shutout losses in its history. The Tar Heels have also played 10 scoreless ties in their history history.
FIRST OVERTIME GAME OF THE YEAR: North Carolina did not play an overtime game this year until its 18th contest. That all changed when the Tar Heels won at Wake Forest 2-1 in overtime last Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The last time Carolina had played as many as 17 successive matches without going to overtime was from August 27, 2006 to November 3, 2006 when the Heels played 20 straight matches without going to overtime.
HOLDING THE ORANGE WITHOUT A SHOT: In a 1-0 win over Syracuse on October 17, UNC held the Orange without a shot in the game.
That was the first time since November 13, 2009 that Carolina had held an opponent without a shot. In that game, UNC defeated High Point 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
TAR HEELS PLAY A CADRE OF RANKED TEAMS: Defending NCAA champion North Carolina has played eight nationally-ranked teams in the first 18 games of the season as the Tar Heels continue to compete annually against one of the top schedules in the nation. Carolina will play its ninth Top 25 opponent of the season Thursday when they play 25th-ranked Duke at Fetzer Field.
So far this season, Carolina has played #9 Santa Clara on August 23, #2 UCLA on September 6, #9 West Virginia on September 8, #22 Virginia Tech on September 12, #8 Notre Dame on September 15, #3 Florida State on September 18, #1 Virginia on October 20 and #19 Wake Forest on October 27.
CRYSTAL'S HAT TRICK: North Carolina defeated Miami 4-0 on September 22 behind an incredible individual performance by senior midfielder Crystal Dunn, who recorded the first three-goal game of her collegiate career. Dunn's hat trick was the first by a Tar Heel player since Courtney Jones scored three times in a 5-3 victory at Duke on October 28, 2010.
TAR HEELS GARNER 750TH PROGRAM WIN: North Carolina earned the 750th victory in program history when the Tar Heels defeated Virginia Tech 2-1 on September 12 in Blacksburg, Va. With the win, UNC opened the ACC with a victory for only the second time in the last four years. In addition, it was Carolina's first victory at Blacksburg since 2007.
With the program having now achieved the milestone of getting 3/4s of the way to 1,000 overall victories, it is imperative to note they have all come under the tutelage of legendary head coach Anson Dorrance.
The Hall of Fame Tar Heel coach also won 172 games as the coach of UNC's men's team from 1977-88.
Dorrance heads into the Duke game with 758 wins as the women's head coach and 930 victories at the Division I overall.
706 MORE WINS THAN LOSSES: With a 2-1 overtime victory over Wake Forest on October 27, UNC has now reached a point in its history where it has won 706 more games than it has lost. The Tar Heels accomplished that feat while playing only 839 matches in school history.
Carolina heads into the match against Duke Thursday with an all-time record of 758-52-29. The UNC program's first varsity season was 1979.
AN UNDEFEATED, UNTIED NON-CONFERENCE SEASON: With a win over West Virginia 4-2 on September 8, Carolina completed its first undefeated and untied record in non-conference regular-season matches since 2005.
The 2013 Tar Heels wound up their non-conference slate at 6-0-0. The Tar Heels were 8-0-0 in non-conference regular-season games in 2005.
OHAI'S CAREER NUMBERS: Kealia Ohai has recorded 99 points in her Tar Heel career heading into the Duke game, matching the 27th highest total in school history. She is 15th amongst all active NCAA Division I players in career points.
She is 23rd amongst all active players in career points per game at 1.25.
Ohai's 37 career goals rank as the 22nd highest total in UNC history. Those 37 goals match the 16th highest total amongst active NCAA Division I players.
Ohai has 25 career assists equal the 43rd most in UNC history and they match the 13th highest career total amongst all active NCAA Division I players.
OHAI ONE OF JUST 16: Kealia Ohai is one of just 16 active players in NCAA Division I with at least 30 goals and 20 assists in her career She heads into the Duke game with 37 career goals and 25 career assists.
DUNN'S CAREER NUMBERS: Crystal Dunn heads into the Duke game with 29 career goals. That equals the 34th highest total in UNC history.
CAROLINA AT THE DUKE NIKE CLASSIC: Carolina first played in a regular-season tournament at Duke in 1991. Altogether, the Tar Heels have played in a Duke-hosted tournament 21 times overall. UNC is 38-3-1 all-time at the Duke Nike Classic after two wins last weekend. The losses came to Notre Dame in 1996, to Santa Clara in 1999 and to Texas A&M in 2011. The tie came against Auburn in 2009. Carolina won the team championship at the 2013 Duke Nike Classic with a 2-0 mark, beating UCLA and West Virginia.
TAR HEELS SWEEP GAMES IN CAROLINA NIKE CLASSIC: Carolina won the championship of its own Carolina Nike Classic on August 30 and September 1 with wins over New Mexico (2-1) and Kennesaw State (3-0). Both UNC and Duke went 2-0 in the tournament and the Tar Heels earned the team title with a plus four goal differential versus Duke's plus two differential.
UNC has now hosted a version of the Carolina Nike Classic, under the current name or the names of other title sponsors, since the initial event in 1980 a total of 23 times.
Carolina has a 42-2-2 record in its early season tournaments at home. The only losses were to Penn State in 1999 and Notre Dame in 2008 with ties against Stanford in 2010 and Florida in 2012.
A TITLE FOR CINDY & THE THORNS: On August 31, Coach Cindy Parlow Cone's (UNC '98) Portland Thorns FC defeated the Western New York Flash 2-0 to claim the inaugural National Women's Soccer League championship. Tobin Heath ('09) scored the game-winning goal on a free kick late in the first half to power the Thorns past the top-seeded Flash.
The Thorns' roster featured five former Tar Heel players - goalkeeper Adelaide Gay (UNC '12), midfielder Elizabeth Guess (UNC '06), midfielder Tobin Heath (UNC '09), midfielder Allie Long (UNC '08) and midfielder Nikki Washington (UNC '09). Heath and Long had scored goals for the Thorns in their 3-2 win over FC Kansas City in the NWSL semifinals on August 24. Long scored the game-winner in overtime for the Thorns in the semifinal game.
On August 28, midfielder Lori Chalupny (UNC '05) was named to the National Women's Soccer League's initial Best XI Team. Chalupny is a member of the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL.
TAR HEELS TURN IN STELLAR EFFORT AT DUKE NIKE CLASSIC: North Carolina improved to 6-0 on the season after a pair of impressive wins over Top 10 teams at the Duke Nike Classic.
Carolina defeated #2 UCLA on September 6 with All-America midfielder Crystal Dunn netting the game-winning goal in the 79th minute. UNC outshot the Bruins 23-6 in the game and had an 11-1 edge in corner kicks.
Two days later, four different goal scorers led the Tar Heels past#9WestVirginia 4-2. Carolina had a 19-3 edge in shots with goals coming from Kealia Ohai, Crystal Dunn, Joanna Boyles and Summer Green. It was the first career goal for Boyles. Alexa Newfield had a pair of assists for the Tar Heels in the win.
CAROLINA SWEEPS FOES AT NIKE CAROLINA CLASSIC: North Carolina improved to 4-0 with a pair of wins at the Carolina Nike Classic on August 30 and September 1. UNC rallied to beat New Mexico 2-1 on the first night of the tournament and then defeated KSU 3-0 on the second day.
New Mexico scored in the 10th minute of the game (the first goal allowed by UNC this season) before the Tar Heels came from behind with goals by Crystal Dunn in the 59th minute (her fourth goal of the season) and Caroline Lindquist in the 68th minute. It was the first career goal for Lindquist.
The game marked the 59th come-from-behind victory in UNC soccer history and the first since November 16, 2012 when UNC rallied past Illinois 9-2.
Carolina came back against Kennesaw State two days later to beat the Owls 3-0 as Kealia Ohai had a goal and an assist. Paige Nielsen scored the game-winning goal for the Tar Heels just 24 seconds before halftime. It was her second career game-winning goal (also against Marquette on September 7, 2012). Sophomore Vicky Bruce earned her first career point with an assist on Nielsen's goal. The Tar Heels achieved separation in the second half as Summer Green scored her first goal of the year on a galazo and Kealia Ohai added her third goal of the campaign Three Tar Heel goalkeepers combined to shut out the Owls.
UNC outshot its opponents 41-5 on the weekend.
TAR HEELS OPEN SEASON IN IMPRESSIVE FASHION AT KLOCKNER CLASSIC: The 2013 North Carolina women's soccer team opened its season with a pair of satisfying results at the Klockner Classic at Charlottesville, Va., on August 23 and 25.
On opening day, UNC defeated ninth-ranked Santa Clara 2-0 behind a two-goal effort by senior midfielder Crystal Dunn. The 2012 consensus national player of the year did not score a single goal in the regular season last year, tallying all of her five goals in NCAA Tournament games. But she started off this season in fine fashion, scoring in the 59th and 86th minutes to take down the Broncos. Nineteen Tar Heels played in the game and Bryane Heaberlin made three second-half saves to preserve a shared shutout with Anna Sieloff.
Two days later, Carolina overpowered VCU 4-0 with Kealia Ohai scoring twice and Crystal Dunn adding her third goal of the weekend. Four different Tar Heels had assists in the match with junior Georgia transfer Alexa Newfield, sophomore Caroline Lindquist and freshman Cameron Castleberry all earning their first career UNC points. Bryane Heaberlin, Anna Sieloff and Lindsey Harris combined on the shared shutout with each UNC goalkeeper making one save.
UNC DISPLAYS DEPTH ALL SEASON: In a 4-0 win over VCU on August 25, UNC head coach Anson Dorrance made amazing use of his bench. Not only did all 26 UNC players who dressed for the game play in the contest, each and every one of them played double digits in minutes.
The Tar Heels almost equaled that feat in a 3-0 win over Kennesaw State on September 1. Twenty-four Tar Heels played in the game, including three goalkeepers. Twenty-three of the 24 players played at least 15 minutes each, the exception being #3 goalkeeper Lindsey Harris, who played the last 9:23 of the game.
UNC continued to play a deep bench against both second-ranked UCLA and ninth-ranked West Virginia at the Duke Nike Classic. Twenty-one Tar Heels saw action against the Bruins and 22 played versus the Mountaineers, including 21 who played at least 13 minutes.
MULTI GOAL GAMES FOR DUNN & OHAI: When Crystal Dunn scored two goals against NC State on October 10, it marked the sixth time in her career she has tallied two or more goals in a game. She also had two-goal efforts against Boston College on September 23, 2010, against James Madison on November 14, 2010, against BYU on November 23, 2012 and against Santa Clara on August 23, 2013. She had her lone career hat trick earlier this year in UNC's 4-0 win at Miami.
Kealia Ohai's two-goal performance against VCU on August 25 marked the fifth time she has scored multiple goals in a game. She also scored twice against Miami on October 17, 2010, against Clemson on October 23, 2010, against Virginia on September 16, 2012 and against NC State on October 25, 2012.
DUNN NAMED ACC PLAYER OF WEEK TWICE THIS YEAR: North Carolina midfielder Crystal Dunn was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Co-Player of the Week on August 27. Dunn had an excellent performance at the season-opening Klockner Classic with three goals in the two games.
Dunn, the reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner, earned All-Tournament honors at the Klockner Classic while scoring three goals and leading the Tar Heels to shutout wins over Santa Clara (2-0) and VCU (4-0). Dunn scored North Carolina's two goals, both in the second half, against the Broncos and provided a late insurance goal in the 4-0 rout of the Rams. The senior from Rockville Centre, N.Y., keyed an overall defensive effort that led to two clean sheets and only 10 total shots against the Tar Heels in the two games combined. The Co-Player of the Week honor was the first of Dunn's career.
North Carolina senior midfielder Crystal Dunn was also named the ACC Women's Soccer Player of the Week as announced by the league office on September 10. It was Dunn's second weekly honor of the season after earning Co-Player of the Week accolades on Aug. 27.
Dunn was named the most valuable offensive player of the 2013 Duke Nike Classic as she scored in both of the Tar Heels' wins over ranked foes. Dunn scored in the 79th minute of play to lead North Carolina to a 1-0 victory over No. 2 UCLA on Sept. 6, and struck again in a 4-2 victory against No. 9 West Virginia on Sept. 8. Her play in the attacking center midfield position also helped UNC dominate possession in both games as North Carolina outshot the Bruins, 23-6, and the Mountaineers, 19-3.
OHAI NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK OCTOBER 29: North Carolina senior forward Kealia Ohai and Virginia sophomore defender Emily Sonnett were named the ACC Women's Soccer Co-Players of the Week, as announced October 29 by the league office. The honor is the first in both Ohai's and Sonnett's careers.
Ohai scored a goal in each game last week for the Tar Heels, who secured a top four seed in the upcoming ACC Women's Soccer Championship. Ohai provided the insurance goal in a 2-0 defeat of Clemson, and struck for the game-winner the 97:14 mark in North Carolina's win at No. 19/22 Wake Forest. The win over the Demon Deacons marked the first for UNC since the 2010 season.
DUNN WINS NSCAA NATIONAL PLAYER OF WEEK HONOR: North Carolina senior midfielder Crystal Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) was amongst six players who posted stellar performances and have earned the distinction of being named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Players of the Week for the week ending Sept. 8.
Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Players of the Week are announced every Tuesday throughout the fall college season during the College Highlights and Rankings Show on NSCAATV.com. Starting with the 2013 season, the program was expanded to include a men's and women's winner from all three NCAA divisions
Dunn was named Most Valuable Offensive Player of the 2013 Duke Nike Classic as she scored in both games, leading UNC to a pair of wins over Top 20 teams. Dunn scored in the 79th minute of play to lift the Tar Heels to a 1-0 victory over No. 3 UCLA Friday and then scored again Sunday in Carolina's 4-2 win over No. 19 West Virginia. Her play in the attacking center midfield also helped UNC dominate possession in both games, as Carolina outshot the Bruins, 23-6, and the Mountaineers, 19-3.
TAR HEELS ON TEAMS OF THE WEEK: A pair of Tar Heel defensive players were named to National Teams of the Week following the Tar Heels' wins in the Klockner Classic. Senior defender Megan Brigman was tapped for the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week. Senior holding center midfielder Kelly McFarlane was named as a CS360 Primetime Performer of the Week.
Two more Tar Heels were named to Teams of the Week following a pair of wins in the Duke Nike Classic. Crystal Dunn was tapped for the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week while Megan Brigman was named a CS360 Primetime Performer of the Week.
BACK TO BACK CLEAN SHEETS: Carolina posted shutout wins over Santa Clara and VCU to open the 2013 campaign. That marked the first successive shutouts for UNC since October 4, 12 and 18 of last year when UNC notched successive shutouts against Boston College, Clemson and Duke.
The last time UNC opened a season with successive shutouts was 2010 when it blanked Texas A&M and Michigan State in the first two games of the campaign.
UNC also posted clean sheets against Miami and Pittsburgh on September 22 and 26. Those back-to-back ACC shutouts were the first for Carolina since the three-game shutout string last uear against BC, Clemson and Duke.
UNC also had a three-game clean sheet streak in the ACC, having blanked NC State, Boston College and Syracuse in consecutive games.
PRESEASON HONORS FOR DUNN & OHAI: A pair of North Carolina seniors were named to the preseason All-America Team tapped by Soccer America Magazine and to the Hermann Trophy Watch List.
On August 20, the pair of UNC veterans were both named to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List for 2013. A total of 31 women in NCAA Division I earned honors on the Watch List. Dunn won the Hermann Trophy in 2012, the first Tar Heel to do so since Catherin Reddick in 2003.
TOP DRAWER SOCCER NAMES TWO TAR HEELS TO TOP XI TEAM: Senior midfielder Crystal Dunn and senior forward Kealia Ohai were named July 31 to the 2013 preseason Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Team. The first, second and third teams essentially serve as Top Drawer Soccer's preseason All-America Teams.
Dunn and Ohai were both post-season members of the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season in 2012 as Carolina won its 22nd national championship.
WCHL BROADCAST SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: For the third successive year, WCHL radio in Chapel Hill is partnering with UNC Athletics to bring live broadcasts of Carolina women's and men's soccer to Tar Heel fans. WCHL will air eight regular season women's games this fall as announced by Barry Leffler, CEO and Managing Partner of WCHL. Sunday's UNC-West Virginia game will be the first broadcast of the season on WCHL.
Games will be available on WCHL (97.9 FM and 1360 AM) in the Triangle and streamed live on the World Wide Web at chapelboro.com.
Paul Connell will serve as the play-by-play announcer for the broadcasts for the second straight year and will be joined by analyst John Stanley.
Altogether, eight regular-season women's games and two regular-season men's games are on the broadcast docket with possibilities for post-season broadcasts as well.
The women's broadcast schedule includes:
Sunday, Sept. 8, vs. West Virginia (at Durham, N.C.), 11 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15, vs. Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6, vs. Maryland, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 10, vs. NC State, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20, vs. Virginia, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24, vs. Clemson, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27, at Wake Forest, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 31, vs. Duke, 7 p.m.
FIVE TAR HEELS ON TDS PRESEASON TOP 100 LIST: Five members of the 2013 University of North Carolina women's soccer team have been named to the Top Drawer Soccer preseason Women's Top 100, ranking the top upperclassmen from 1 to 100.
Two UNC seniors were named to the Top 10 on the list with midfielder Crystal Dunn ranked No. 1 and forward Kealia Ohai ranked No. 7. Sophomore forward Summer Green is ranked No. 49, sophomore defender Hanna Gardner is ranked No. 59 and sophomore midfielder Katie Bowen is ranked No. 61. You can view the entirety of the Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Women's Collegiate Top 100 at this link.
TELEVISION SCHEDULE FEATURES UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE : The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the fall sports broadcast schedule for 2013 and the University of North Carolina women's soccer team will appear six times in regular-season games on the ESPN family of networks. The defending NCAA champions could also appear twice in ACC Tournament post-season games if they advance to the semifinals and finals.
Carolina's home games with Notre Dame, Maryland, NC State and Duke will all be shown on ESPN3. The Maryland game on October 6 will also be shown on the league's regional sports networks (RSN) which include FOX Sports Carolina, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Indiana, Sun Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, NESN, YES, ROOT SPORTS and MSG. UNC road match at Pittsburgh will also be an ESPN3 telecast. The match at Florida State on September 18 will receive national TV coverage from ESPNU.
Several other UNC games will be webcast live on GoHeelsTV. Both games in the Carolina Nike Classic last weekend were shown on GoHeelsTV.
Carolina could also appear twice more on the ESPN Family of Networks in the ACC Tournament. The semifinal games will air on November 8 on ESPN3 and the championship game is November 10 at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
All contests will also be available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and AppleTV via WatchESPN.
Regular Season Games On TV or Webcast
Friday, Aug. 30, New Mexico at North Carolina, 5 p.m., GoHeelsTV
Sunday, Sept. 1, Kennesaw State at North Carolina, 3 p.m., GoHeelsTV
Friday, Sept. 6, North Carolina vs. UCLA, 8 p.m., Blue Devil Network
Sunday, Sept. 8, North Carolina vs. West Virginia, 11 a.m., Blue Devil Network
Sunday, Sept. 15, Notre Dame at North Carolina, 1 p.m., ESPN3
Wednesday, Sept. 18, North Carolina at Florida State, 8 p.m., ESPNU
Thursday, Sept. 26, North Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Sunday, Oct. 6, Maryland at North Carolina, 1 p.m., RSN/ESPN3
Thursday, Oct. 10, NC State at North Carolina, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Thursday, Oct. 17, Syracuse at North Carolina, 2 p.m., GoHeelsTV
Sunday, Oct. 20, Virginia at North Carolina, 1 p.m., GoHeelsTV
Thursday, Oct. 24, Clemson at North Carolina, 7 p.m., GoHeelsTV
Thursday, Oct. 31, Duke at North Carolina, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Potential Post Season Games For TV/Webcast
Friday, Nov. 8, ACC Tournament Semifinals, 5:30 and 8 p.m., ESPN3
Sunday, No. 10, ACC Tournament Final, 4 p.m., ESPNU
FIFTEEN ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAS SINCE 2005: UNC has had 16 selections for the Capital One Academic All-America first, second and third teams since 2005. Carolina also had seven women's soccer players named Academic All-Americas from 1983-2001, giving the program 23 selections since the Academic All-America program began in 1983. Following is a summary of the 16 selections from 2005-13.
- 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.
- 2013 - Amber Brooks, first team.
UNC'S U20 WORLD CHAMPIONS OVER THE YEARS: When they won the gold medal at the 2012 U20 World Cup, Kealia Ohai, Crystal Dunn and Bryane Heaberlin continued the legacy of outstanding UNC players who have won championships at the FIFA U20 Women's World Cups since 2002. Carolina players have played key roles in all three tournament championships for the USA.
The U.S. beat Germany 1-0 in the final game in Tokyo. Ohai scored the game-winning goal in the match, Dunn had the game-winning assist and Heaberlin played all 90 minutes in goal, shutting out the German side.
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.