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Engen leads UNC's unique defense on heels of semifinals

Updated: December 5, 2008, 2:34 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

CARY, N.C. -- Not since Forrest Gump shared his box of chocolates has a park bench played so pivotal a role in a story of fortune as for Whitney Engen.

A junior defender for the University of North Carolina, which enters Friday's semifinal against UCLA with a 23-1-2 record, Engen has gone from a recruit whose name coach Anson Dorrance didn't know to the embodiment of a system that keeps the most decorated program in women's college soccer riding high on the rising tide of parity. ...

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