General: Three-year returning starter in the defense for the Tar Heels...will start at right back for the fourth straight year in 2009...has been named one of 30 national semifinalists for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given annually to a senior women's soccer player who excels in the following areas-- classroom, character, community and competition...has played in all 80 matches the Tar Heels have competed in the past three seasons, missing only three starts while dealing with injury issues...one of the most durable players on the team despite playing with a string of injuries since her arrival at Carolina...leads large senior class contingent with 77 career starts...is resolute and tenacious in the manner in which she plays defense...UNC's most experienced returning defender...over the three-year period from 2006-08 she played more minutes (6,820) than any other player who competed on all three teams...played all 360 minutes in the 2006 and 2008 College Cups...an outstanding student at Carolina... Coach Dorrance says her strengths are her height in the back coupled with her speed...has outstanding heading ability which she often exhibits in corner kick situations.
Club Soccer: Joined the Texans Red North 88 club team in the summer of 2005 after spending the previous three seasons as captain and sweeper for the Sting 88...helped the Texans Red North win the Disney Soccer Showcase in December 2005 and capture the U19 Premier League Championship, resulting in an automatic berth in the Region III championships...while with the Sting, she led the team to the 2004 North Texas state championship, Region III championship and a third-place finish in the Snickers Nationals...played on the U18 USYSA National Champions in 2006.
Junior Season (2008): Named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America...one of the top student-athletes at the University of North Carolina...tapped for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team...named again to the ACC Women's Soccer All-Academic Team...tapped for the 2009 ACC Academic Honor Roll...Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 Dean's List selections ... tied the school record for games played and games started in a season with 28...started for the third straight season in Carolina's flat back three defense...played 2,435 minutes, the second highest total on the team...went the whole way in 18 of 28 games and played the final 1,121 minutes of the season without a break...was part of a defense which recorded 17 shutouts on the season...played her best in the post season as she helped lead Carolina to seven shutouts in the nine ACC and NCAA Tournament games, while allowing only two goals in that span...had an assist on a corner kick goal by Tobin Heath in the regular-season win over Virginia Tech.
Sophomore season (2007): Despite fighting recurring injuries she excelled again in 2007...appeared in all 24 games of the season, starting 22 times...was a bedrock of the Carolina defense once again... named to the All-ACC Academic Team... also named to the ESPN The Magazine second-team Academic All-District III Team...named to Dean's List in both semesters...ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree.
Freshman Season (2006): Was probably the biggest surprise of the college soccer season in 2006...came to Carolina rather unheralded in comparison to her other freshmen teammates, a group which comprised the top recruiting class in the nation...had been recruited as much as a basketball player coming out of high school as she was a soccer player...definitely a recruiting gem that flew under the radar of many programs...ended up earning third-team All-America honors from Top Drawer Soccer ...claimed the starting position at right back in preseason practice and never relinquished it...started 27 matches during UNC's NCAA championship run and played the most minutes of any player on the team......was being groomed as a potential starter in the future before she established herself as one of UNC's top defenders in the rugged preseason practice period of 2006...started 27 of Carolina's 28 games at the right back position...recorded her only point of the campaign when she assisted on the Tar Heels' insurance goal in the NCAA semifinals against UCLA...was named to the Dean's List in both semesters of the 2006-07 school year...2007 ACC Academic Honor Roll selection...also named to the All-ACC Academic Team... a first-team freshman All-America choice by both Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer...was a second-team Soccer Buzz freshman All-America...named to Soccer Buzz freshman All-Southeast Region Team...named to the All-Tournament Teams at the NCAA College Cup and the Duke adidas Classic...was named Soccer Times' National Player of the Week September 18 after shutout wins over Marquette and Florida in the Duke adidas Classic...was the defensive MVP of the Duke adidas Classic...that same week she was the ACC Player of the Week while making the Soccer Buzz National Elite Team of the Week, Soccer America National Team of the Week and Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week...she was also on the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week September 11.
Prep: Graduated from Southlake Carroll Senior High in June of 2006...was a 12-time varsity letter winner with fours letters each in soccer, basketball and track...a four-time Academic All-District team member in both basketball and soccer...recognized as the Dale Hansen Scholar Athlete of the Week in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area on October 13, 2005...a 2004 U16 BCI All-America in basketball...made first-team All-District in basketball her junior and senior years...was the District 7-5A basketball defensive player of the year her sophomore and senior years...helped soccer team to a district championship in 2002 and district runner-up finish in 2005...her team made the Region I quarterfinals of the Texas state playoffs in 2002...part of a school record-setting 4x400 relay team that took fourth place at Texas state track meet...individually took fourth place in the 400 meters and fifth place in the 200 meters at 2002 district track meet...also named the Mansfield Rotary All-Tournament Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2004...listed in the Who's Who Among American High School Students...also a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and White Chapel United Methodist Youth Program...twice received the Academic Excellence Award and made the 2005 National Honor Roll.
Personal: Given name is Kristi Jane Eveland...daughter of Greg and Dawn Eveland...was born September 2, 1987 in Opelika, Ala. ...her father played football for four years at Vanderbilt...her sister Kate, 23, played basketball for San Diego State University...her parents now live in Trophy Club, Texas...maintains a 3.85 GPA at Carolina through her junior year...has achieved Veteran Leaders' status in the Carolina Leadership Academy...participates in Champions for Christ Fellowship Youth Program...this past summer she was chosen to participate in the Senior Immersion Program in UNC's Kenan-Flagler School of Business, traveling to Cairo and Istanbul...chosen last year for the Golden Key International Honor Society.
2008-09 KRISTI EVELAND HONORS
ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-America
ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District
ACC All-Academic Team
2009 ACC Academic Honor Roll
Fall 2008 Dean's List
Spring 2009 Dean's List
Academic Major at Carolina: Business
Career Plans: Not sure
Hobbies: Shopping, going to movies, hanging out with friends
Athlete I Most Admire: Michael Jordan
Biggest Sports Thrill: Winning 2006 and 2008 NCAA championships
People with the Greatest Influence on my Athletic Career: My Parents, Deon Hunter, Shea Wilder
Favorite Books: The Bible, More than a Carpenter
Favorite Foods: Reese's, cookies, Caroline's cakes
Favorite Movie: Pretty Woman
Favorite TV Shows: Grey's Anatomy, Gossip Girl
Favorite Class I Have Taken at UNC: Organizational Behavior
Biggest Pet Peeve: Smacking gum or food
If I Could Travel Anywhere, It Would Be: All over Europe
What I Would Do on a Saturday Full of Free Time: SLEEP
If I Could Play Another Sport at Carolina, It Would Be: Track
What I Like Most About Coach Dorrance: His Hair (the `poof')
Year GP/GS Shots G A PTS 2006 28/27 4 0 1 1 2007 24/22 2 0 0 0 2008 28/28 6 0 1 1 Totals 80/77 12 0 2 2