A story in Sunday's Sports section on former ACC players participating in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament omitted a sixth ACC player. Nataly Arias, a former Maryland player, plays for Colombia's national team.
****** UNC has long dominated women's college soccer. It's also had its share of alums star on the U.S. women's national team.
Now, two more Tar Heels, along with a few other former ACC standouts, are in Germany seeking to make their mark at the Women's World Cup.
Heather O'Reilly and Tobin Heath won a total of five NCAA championships while playing at UNC, and now both are on a U.S. squad looking to push past the disappointment of semifinal losses in the last two Women's World Cups, along with former Virginia standouts Lori Lindsey and Becky Sauerbrunn.
With four players on the U.S. national team, the Atlantic Coast Conference trails only the Pac-10 (eight) for bragging rights for the most alums on the U.S. squad. (Stanford leads all schools with three former players on the team.)
Duke graduate Rebecca Smith is the only other former ACC player participating in the World Cup, as the captain of New Zealand's squad. It will be a short stay in Germany for Smith, as New Zealand lost its early matches to Japan and England, and will not advance out of the group stage.
The U.S. defeated North Korea 2-0 in its first match before winning 3-0 against Colombia on Saturday. The U.S. will play Sweden on Wednesday for first place in Group C.
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