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Jan. 15, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina junior midfielder Crystal Dunn, who played an integral role in the Tar Heels run to their 21st NCAA College Cup title, has been named the 2012 Soccer America Women’s Player of the Year.
Dunn is the 11th North Carolina player to win the award and first since 2008. It is also the 13th time since the award’s inception in 1985 that a Tar Heel has won Soccer America’s top honor. Dunn was also awarded the MAC Hermann Trophy and the Honda Award for women’s soccer for her efforts during the 2012 season.
Dunn, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, missed the first part of the season to represent the U.S. at the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. She scored both goals for the Tar Heels in their win over No. 1 seed BYU in the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals, and finished the season with five goals, all in NCAA Championship play.
Dunn was also named to the 2012 Soccer America MVPs First Team, which honors the players who have had the biggest impact on their team’s success regardless of position.
Along with Dunn, fellow Tar Heel junior forward Kealia Ohai, Florida State senior defender Ines Jaurena and Virginia senior forward Caroline Miller were also recognized on the first team. Five more ACC student-athletes were recognized on the MVPs Second Team, with Virginia sophomore midfielder Morgan Brian, Florida State senior forward Tiffany McCarty, Boston College senior midfielder Kristen Mewis, Wake Forest junior forward Katie Stengel and Duke junior forward Laura Weinberg each collecting honors.
Eight ACC freshmen were named to Soccer America’s All-Freshman Teams. Virginia forward Makenzy Doniak, North Carolina defender Hannah Gardner and forward Summer Green, Duke midfielder Cassie Pecht and Florida State’s Isabella Schmid earned All-Freshman First Team honors, while North Carolina midfielder Katie Bowen, Virginia Tech midfielder Ashley Meier and Maryland midfielder Ashley Spivey were named to the second team.