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UNC, Duke Sweep Men’s Soccer Conference Awards

The ACC announced today the winners of the 2011 individual and All-Conference awards. The Tar Heels and the Blue Devils swept the individual awards and were both heavily represented on the All-Conference teams. UNC led all teams with 8 players receiving recognition (4 First team, 1 Second team, 3 Freshman team). Maryland was second with 6 players and Duke followed up with 5.

2011 ACC Individual Awards

Andrew Wenger

Offensive POY: Andrew Wenger - Duke

Offensive Player of the Year:
Andrew Wenger – Duke

Andrew Wenger was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year last season as a Sophomore, but switched to forward for his Junior season. It has paid off for the Blue Devils as Wenger is the first player to ever earn both Defensive and Offensive POY awards.  Continue reading

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Limbo: A Profile of UNC’s Carlos Somoano

(From the annals of last year’s sports journalism class comes this feature on current UNC men’s soccer head coach Carlos Somoano. At the time, he was just the interim coach and wasn’t sure if he’d land the top position. This piece caught him in flux.)


Carlos Somoano’s early dreams didn’t include Chapel Hill.

He spent his youth in Texas, the epicenter of American football. But while an entire state looked to the gridiron, Somoano and his friends traveled an hour and a half just for a few good hours on the soccer pitch. Everyone else called it a “sissy sport,” but Somoano was devoted. So devoted, in fact, that he made his way to a Division 2 program when college seemed like a distant possibility. So devoted that he played in Europe before suffering a career-ending leg injury. So devoted that he took his first job as an assistant coach for no pay, and his second for a mere $16,000 per year.

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