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Happy Birthday, Tobin Heath!

May, 29, 2014
May 29
Tobin HeathDoug Pensinger/Getty ImagesBirthday girl Tobin Heath plans to rejoin the USWNT and the Portland Thorns after the Paris Saint-Germain season ends.

Happy birthday, Tobin Heath! The U.S. women's soccer star turns 26 today. A former standout at North Carolina, Heath helped lead the Tar Heels to three national championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and was a two-time NCAA first-team All-American. While still a student, the New Jersey native made her debut with the U.S. senior team in January of 2008 and was the youngest member on the gold-medal winning team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Heath has been a valuable member of the team since and helped lead the United States to a 2012 Olympic gold medal and a second-place finish at the 2011 Women's World Cup. The midfielder has eight goals in 73 appearances with the national team. Heath also plays for Paris Saint-Germain in France and the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League. She helped the Thorns clinch the 2013 league championship with the game-winning goal and was subsequently named MVP of the championship game. Heath is expected to rejoin the Thorns and the USWNT after the Paris Saint-Germain season ends next month.

North Carolina in driver's seat for dynasties

April, 10, 2013
Anson Dorrance and Mia Hamm
UNC Athletic Communications ArchivesMia Hamm led North Carolina to four of its NCAA womens' soccer championships.
Connecticut won its eighth women’s NCAA basketball title on Tuesday night to tie Tennessee for the most by a school. But the two dominant women’s basketball programs aren’t even close to matching the dynasty in women’s soccer. If you combine the trophies won by Tennessee and UConn (16), they still have a long way to go to match the 21 titles won by the North Carolina women’s soccer program. The Tar Heels, who are the reigning NCAA champions, once won nine straight from 1986 to 1994. The NCAA has been awarding championships in both sports since 1982.

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