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Sophomore midfielder played an integral role in the Tar Heels’ 3-2 double overtime win at Notre Dame
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina sophomore midfielder Cameron Castleberry has been named the ACC Player of the Week, announced Tuesday by the league.
Castleberry totaled three points on a goal and an assist in North Carolina’s dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind victory in both teams’ ACC opener on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Alumni Stadium. It marked the first time since Sept. 1, 2006 in which the Tar Heels came back from a two-goal deficit to win 3-2.
With the Fighting Irish ahead 2-0, Castleberry’s goal in the 61st minute began North Carolina’s furious comeback. After taking a pass from Emily Bruder, Castleberry dribbled through several Notre Dame defenders into the box and delivered the strike at 60:43 to pull the Tar Heels within a goal. After Carolina forced overtime, the Raleigh, North Carolina, native had the primary assist on UNC’s game-winning goal just 27 seconds into the second overtime period. Castleberry dribbled into the far right corner and sent a perfect cross directly to the foot of Kat Nigro, who one-timed it from 15 yards past ND keeper Kaela Little for the golden goal.
North Carolina, which is ranked No. 8 in the latest Soccer America Top 25 released on Tuesday, is one of six ACC teams ranked in the poll and one of four in the Top 10 (No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 Virginia Tech, No. 6 Florida State, No. 8 North Carolina, No. 16 Notre Dame and No. 23 Clemson).