North Carolina junior midfielder and
Rockville Centre, N.Y. native Crystal Dunn is the winner of the Soccer
News Net Women's College Boot, recognizing the national player of the
year. This is Dunn's second National Player of the Year recognition. Last month, she won the Honda Sports Award for Soccer. Fellow Tar Heel midfielder Amber Brooks was named the Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Year in November.
The award is based on fan balloting, which concluded on December 23, and
on voting by the staff of the seven Soccer News net web sites:
BigAppleSoccer.com, ChicagolandSoccerNews.com, DallasSoccerNews.com,
DCSoccerNews.com, LASoccerNews.com, NewEnglandSoccerNews.com and
Dunn (South Side High School/Albertson Fury 91) is the only player in ACC history
to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors twice, and is a finalist
for the MAC Hermann Trophy a well as a First-Team NSCAA All-America
selection. After returning to Chapel Hill from helping the United States
to the 2012 FIFA Under-20 World Cup gold medal, Dunn started the next
11 games and helped the Tar Heel defense to three shutouts, all in ACC
action, and a 0.71 goals against average. By the time the Tar Heels
nailed down their 22nd national championship in early December, she had
appeared in 17 games (all starts), garnering 15 points on five goals and
five assists. She scored all five of her 2012 goals in NCAA play including two tallies in the NCAA quarterfinals against BYU.
Previous winners of the Soccer News Net Women's College Player of the
Year Award are: 2007-- Amy Rodriguez, USC; 2008--Casey Nogueira, North
Carolina; 2009-Kelly O'Hara, Stanford; 2010: Melissa Henderson, Notre
Dame; 2011-Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois.