KANSAS CITY, KANSAS - A total of 15 student-athletes, including North Carolina juniors Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai, have been selected as semifinalists for the country's top soccer award Wednesday as the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy semifinalists were made official.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. It is presented annually in January during a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
NCAA Division I coaches who are NSCAA members may vote for their top choices starting Wednesday, Nov. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 5. New this year is a fan voting component, conducted through LockerDome, which allows fans to also contribute to picking this year's MAC Hermann Trophy winners.
Dunn was on the preseason Watch List for the MAC Hermann Trophy while Ohai earned her way on to the ballot of semifinalists and a brilliant 2012 season.
Both players were named first-team All-ACC this year and they will lead the Tar Heels into the NCAA College Cup this weekend when Carolina meets Stanford Friday at 11 p.m. EST in the semifinals. Dunn was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, an award she also won in 2010. She is a three-time first-team All-ACC selection, while Ohai was named first-team All-ACC in both 2010 and 2012 and to the second team in 2011.
Dunn and Ohai also were members of the U.S. U20 National Team which won the World Cup Championship in September in Japan. In the gold medal game against Germany, a 1-0 triumph for the U.S., Ohai scored the game-winning goal off an assist by Dunn.
The top three vote-getters for the Hermann Trophy will be announced Thursday, Dec. 6. The winner will be announced during the MAC Hermann Trophy banquet in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.
HERE ARE BRIEF BIO UPDATES FOR BOTH TAR HEELS:
Crystal Dunn, North Carolina
Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Started all 15 games she has played in this year...2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, an award she also won as a freshman in 2010...only two-time winner of the award in league history...first-team All-ACC selection for third straight year...gold medalist for 2012 US U20 Team at World Cup where she played every minute on defense in all six games...assisted on US game-winning goal in final versus Germany...returned to UNC and started at center back the last 11 games of the regular season...moved to attacking center midfielder for NCAA Tournament and has scored five goals in four games, including both goals in 2-1 NCAA quarterfinal win over BYU.
Played in 15 games, all starts...tied for UNC team lead in goals with seven and is third on the team in points with 19...first-team All-ACC selection for the second time in her career...started at forward for 2012 US U20 World Cup gold medal winning team...scored the game-winning goal against Germany in the final...helped lift UNC to its first College Cup appearance since 2009 as she assisted on both goals in a 2-1 overtime win over BYU in the quarterfinals.