Seven freshmen and one transfer are included in this class, which has now been fully admitted and is ready for enrollment in August. One player enrolled at UNC in January, one is a transfer student-athlete from the University of Wisconsin and one will be a dual-sport women's soccer and track and field athlete while competing for the Tar Heels.
This class will be a key if the Tar Heels are to match last season's success when they finished 20-5 overall and were a Top 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Gone was from last year's team is a stellar senior class, a group of players which led the Tar Heels to the NCAA championship as juniors in 2012. All six seniors on last year's team are currently playing professional soccer - five in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and one in Europe. All six were starters in 2013, including forward Kealia Ohai, midfielders Crystal Dunn, Meg Morris and Kelly McFarlane, defender Megan Brigman and goalkeeper Anna Sieloff.
Megan Elizabeth Buckingham is a 5-5 midfielder/forward from Novi, Mich. She is the daughter of Tom Buckingham and Joanne Klesendorf. She is an alumna of Northville High School in Northville, Mich., where she played both soccer and basketball. Buckingham has played her club soccer for the Michigan Hawks since the U15 stage after competing for the Michigan Rush during the U9-U15 ranks. She is a veteran youth national team player, competing in camps since her U14 year and making a full U15 team that competed in Costa Rica. As a high school player, she has made All-Conference, All-District and All-Region Teams and is a multiple-time All-State honoree. In 2013, she was tapped for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American Team.
Jewel Ciara Christian is a 5-5 forward/midfielder from Woodbridge, Va., who will compete in both soccer and track at Carolina. She is the daughter of Elmer and Jackie Christian. Christian is a graduate of Woodbridge Senior High School in Woodbridge, Va. She has competed in club soccer for 14 years while playing four years of varsity soccer in high school. She is also a talented high school track performer as a runner, relay performer, long jumper and high jumper. On the soccer pitch at Woodbridge, she has earned All-District, All-Area, All-Region and All-Met honors and she led her team in scoring twice as the Golden Boot winner. Her track accomplishments include state championships in the 500 meters and 4x400 relay. She has earned All-America track accolades and is the #2-ranked 500-meter high school runner nationally in the indoor ranks in 2014.
Alexandra Amelia Kimball is a 5-7 forward/midfielder who does not have far to travel to begin her UNC career as she is a native of Chapel Hill, N.C. and 2014 alumna of Chapel Hill High School. Kimball is the daughter of Melissa Suarez and Steven Kimball. She has been an active club player locally over the past three years and led the 2012 U17 NCYSA State Cup champions in both goals and assists. At Chapel Hill High School, she played both soccer and basketball. She has been the soccer team's leading scorer and a two-time varsity soccer All-America selection. She has also received All-State, All-Region and All-Conference honors during her time as a member of the CHHS Tigers.
Annie McIntosh Kingman is a 5-8 center midfielder on the soccer pitch and U.S. Youth National Team member. From Woodside, Calif., Kingman is the daughter of Jim and Annette Kingman. She attended Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. She played four years of varsity soccer at Saint Francis where she played in the center at both midfield and forward. As a club soccer player for PSV Union FC, she played primarily center midfield for coaches Carine and Gary Ireland. Kingman is a member of the U18 USA Women's National Team and competed for that squad at the 10 Nations Tournament in Spain in March. As a high schooler, she was named league player of the year in multiple years and was one of California's most prolific goal and assist producers her final three years of high school.
Adeline Dawn Lust is a 5-3 defensive center midfielder from Northfield, Minn. She is the daughter of Julie Corbett and Steven Lust. She attended Shattuck St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minn. The school is a boarding school with full-time residential program in four sports called Center of Excellence. Her club soccer efforts for Shattuck St Mary's U18s included two years as a starter, leading her team to a 53-19-2 record. She started 69 of 74 games in her two seasons there, playing defensive center midfielder and scoring 10 goals to go with 10 assists.
Casey Nicole Mann is a versatile 5-9 player who joins the Tar Heels from the University of Wisconsin where she played the past two seasons. From Leesburg, Va., she attended The Potomac School, graduating on June 10, 2012. Mann is the daughter of Tyrena Mann and Charles Mann. As a prep player, she won honors on the first-team All-Met squads in both 2010 and 2011 as named by the Washington Post. A four-year starter, she led the Potomac Panthers to Independent School League championships in 2008 and 2010. Mann competed for the McLean Strikers in club soccer, leading the team to a Region 1 championship and two Virginia U16 state titles.
Jessie Eleanor Scarpa is a 5-7 midfielder from Lakeland, Fla., who enrolled at Carolina in January 2014. She is the daughter of Glenn and Karyn Scarpa and an alumna of George Jenkins High School. She competed in three sports in high school (soccer, track & field and volleyball). She played three years of varsity soccer in high school, missing her senior year because of a knee injury. She totaled 90 goals and 45 assists in those three seasons. A two-time team captain, she led her high school team to state runner-up finishes as a sophomore and junior. The latter year, she was named Florida Gatorade Player of the Year. In club soccer, Scarpa competed for the Lakeland Futbol Club in the past two years after previously playing fro the VSI West Florida Flames. Jessie's sister, Kacy, currently plays soccer at Florida State.
Sydney Rae Wooten is a 5-9 goalkeeper from Raleigh, N.C., where she graduated from Leesville Road High School. She is the daughter of Renee and Jeff Wooten. Wooten played four years of high school soccer where she was consistently one of the top high school goalkeepers in the Triangle area. She captained the Leesville Road team in 2014 and played on Cap 8 championship teams in 2010 & 2011 and a state championship unit in 2001. She has played outstanding club soccer for CASL ECNL (2011-14) as well as Class Premier Black (2009-11).
Carolina will begin its preseason training camp in the week first of August 2014. The complete 2014 UNC women's soccer schedule can be viewed at this link.