CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina's Amber Brooks, Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai were named Thursday to the first-team All-ACC women's soccer team the league office has announced. Dunn, a junior defender from Rockville Centre, N.Y., was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in the past three years.
Dunn was tapped as a first-team All-ACC selection for the third successive year, joining Wake Forest's Katie Stengel and Boston College's Kristen Mewis as three-time first-team honorees on this year's honor squad. Brooks (New Hope, Pa.) was named first-team All-ACC for the second straight year after being named second team in 2010 while Ohai (Draper, Utah) makes the first team for the second time (2010 and 2012) while being second team a year ago.
All 11 head coaches participated in the voting for the league's honorees. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. Virginia's Caroline Miller was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Duke's Cassie Pecht was named Freshman of the Year and Florida State's Mark Krikorian was tapped as the Coach of the Year.
Dunn is the only player in league history to be named Defensive Player of the Year twice. The central defender in UNC's unique 3-4-3 formation returned to the team in mid-September after she helped lead the U.S. U20 Team to the 2012 World Cup championship in Japan, assisting on the game-winning goal versus Germany and playing every minute of the tournament on defense. Dunn started 11 games for the Tar Heels, playing 987 minutes and recording three assists. She helped lead a Carolina defense that limited opponents this year to 0.69 goals per contest.
Team co-captain Brooks has started all 17 games for UNC, playing 1,383 minutes, the third highest total on the team. She is tied for UNC's team leading in scoring with 18 points. She is tied for third on the team in goals scored with six and is second on the team in assists with six. Brooks is also one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award.
Like Dunn, Ohai played on the U.S. U20 Team, which won the World Cup title in Japan on September 8, 2012. She scored the first-half goal against Germany in the U.S.'s eventual 1-0 triumph in the gold medal match. Playing in just 11 matches as a Tar Heel this campaign, Ohai is Carolina's fourth leading scorer with 14 points. She is tied for the second on the Carolina team with six goals and also has two assists.
Green and Gardner both had spectacular freshman seasons for Coach Anson Dorrance's team which finished the regular season 10-5-2 and 6-3-1 in the ACC. Green missed six games while playing with the U.S. U17 National Team at the World Cup in Azerbaijan. In her 11 games with UNC, she scored seven goals and added four assists for 18 points. She is tied for the UNC team lead in goals scored, total points and game-winning goals.Gardner moved into the starting lineup in the team's second game against Florida after two-year starter Megan Brigman was lost to the team for the season in the season opener at Portland. Gardner has stepped up and played virtually every minute in the last 17 games, all starts. She has played 1,440 total minutes, leading UNC to a 0.69 goals against average and eight shutouts. She scored the first goal of her career in Carolina's 4-0 win at Clemson.