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UNC Women's Soccer Picked To Win ACC Championship
North Carolina, which returns eight starters from last season's NCAA Championship team, has been selected first in the ACC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll. Coach Anson Dorrance's Tar Heels received 13 first-place votes in balloting among the ACC's 14 head coaches. Defending regular-season conference champion Florida State received the other first-place vote.
GoHeels Weekly Primer
Carolina will play three times on ESPN's Big Monday next season. Former head coach Dean Smith won the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday. Lucas writes that it was a fitting honor. Check out the sampling of reactions to the announcement. Recap the first week of traiing camp with the Tar Heel Football Weekly Roundup, which will become a regular feature.
Remembering Kirk Urso A Year After His Death
Kirk Urso passed away a year ago from a congenital heart defect. The rookie midfielder had only played for a brief time in Columbus but he made an outsized impact. He was an opening day starter, playing in six games before suffering an injury that forced him out of the lineup.
Best Games of 2012-13: No. 1 - University of National Champions
Let's get one thing out of the way up front. Is picking national championship wins for women's soccer, women's tennis and women's lacrosse taking the easy way out? Yes, it is. First-time titles for lacrosse and tennis and No. 22 for soccer were all won in very different ways, ways that perhaps make it possible to deem one somehow better than another.
UNC's Crystal Dunn Named ACC Female Athlete of the Year
North Carolina women’s soccer star Crystal Dunn and Virginia men’s tennis standout Jarmere Jenkins have earned the top honors bestowed upon ACC athletes for 2012-13 in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). Dunn claimed the 24th Mary Garber Award as the conference's finest female athlete after keying the Tar Heels’ to their 21st NCAA women’s soccer championship.
GoHeels Weekly Primer
Adam Lucas caught up with junior Luke Davis to discuss his rigorous training regimen. Freshman forward Kennedy Meeks is shedding pounds and getting ready for the 2013-14 season. Former Tar Heel star pitcher Rob Wooten got the call up to the major leagues this week. The media picked Carolina third in the coastal division in the preseason All-ACC football poll.
Amber Brooks: Closing the Chapter to My Career at Carolina
So I know I’m supposed to have already moved on. I began my new chapter playing with FC Bayern München in January, but having left a semester early, I never felt like I really got the chance to turn the page on the Carolina chapter of my life…so pardon the length, but here is my heartfelt farewell.
Best Games of 2012-13: No. 6 - Carolina 2, BYU 1 (2OT)
Twenty-six times from 1982 to 2009 UNC had played for a chance to advance to the Women's College Cup, and 26 times that game was played at Fetzer Field. But in 2012, for the first time in program history, the Tar Heels packed their bags and headed west to Provo, Utah, to face third-ranked and 20-1-2 BYU.
GoHeels Weekly Primer
The finishing touches are still being added to the 2012-13 season, and the 2013 football season is nearly underway. Be sure you didn't miss any of the action last week with the GoHeels Weekly Primer.
Best Games Of 2012-13: No. 10
No. 10: Carolina 1, Stanford 0 (2OT) - Women's Soccer, Nov. 30, 2012; It should immediately tell you something about the quality of 2012-13 for Carolina that a two-overtime win over a national rival in the Women's College Cup comes in at No. 10.
Best UNC Games of 2012-13: No. 15-No. 11
The GoHeels.com countdown of the of the top 25 games of the 2012-13 school year continues today with five more entries, taking the list from No. 15 to No. 11.
Video: Crystal Dunn, Kara Cannizzaro at the ESPYs
UNC's Crystal Dunn and Kara Cannizzaro were invited to the ESPYs as finalists for the Best Female College Athlete award. In this clip, Dunn and Cannizzaro represent UNC in honor of winning the Capital One Cup.
UNC Well Represented At 2013 ESPY’s
In the annual ESPY’s Awards show on ESPN Wednesday night, UNC was the only school in the country with two nominees (two of the four as a matter of fact) for an ESPY as Best Female College Athlete of the year. Kara Cannizzaro of the Tar Heel lacrosse team and Crystal Dunn, of women’s soccer, each led their teams to the national championships in their respective sports.
And the winners of the 2012-13 ACCSPYs are...
There won’t be any celebrity sightings or a classy red carpet to greet them upon their arrival to the show, as there will be tomorrow at the ESPY Awards ceremony in New York. The ACCSPYs are, after all, fictitious. But the votes are all in and the ballots have been counted. So without further ado, here are the winners of the ACC version of the real-life ESPYs. The envelopes, please.
Best UNC Games Of 2012-13: No. 25-No. 21
Over the course of the next two weeks, GoHeels.com will take a look back at the greatest games of the 2012-13 UNC school year and count down the top 25 Tar Heel triumphs. Today starts with the first five entries on the list.