Written by Travis Clark

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Heading into Friday’s MLS Draft, there’s a position of strength that the teams selection can draw from: right back.

One of those senior candidates also happens to have one of the best names in the pool of potential draftees, North Carolina defender Colton Storm.

Currently out in Los Angeles for the combine this week, TopDrawerSoccer.com recently caught up with Storm, to chat about players he looks up to, and the Pennsylvania natives hopes for the weeks ahead, how he improved at Chapel Hill and his ties to Christian Pulisic.

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Written by Travis Clark

mccraryThe 2015 MLS Combine kicks off play on Friday down in Ft. Lauderdale, as college soccer’s finest aim to use one last opportunity in front of college scouts to showcase what they can do before next week’s draft.

Coming from a DI program well versed in sending players to MLS, North Carolina’s Jordan McCrary is one of the top outside backs who will be available next week, and a likely first round pick. The Georgia native would almost certainly be in MLS already, had he not tore his ACL in 2014, forcing him to sit out what would’ve been his senior campaign.

An outside back capable of playing on the left or the right (although McCrary played mostly on the left at UNC), TDS caught up with the aspiring pro ahead of the combine.

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Written by Will Parchman

North Carolina senior captain Paige Nielsen lost her mom to cancer last summer, but it hasn’t dimmed her zest for life. This feature on Nielsen, her mom Kathy and the myriad lessons she took from her mom’s life is well worth a watch to lift your week.

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Written by Will Parchman

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On a national scale, the Florida State women’s soccer team’s 6-0 win over Pitt on Saturday hardly registered. A blip. Earlier in the day, the Seminoles’ 12th-ranked football team gritted out a win over Wake Forest, which swallowed most of the headlines in Tallahassee. Whatever you think about this, it is the way of things.

The announced crowd of 759 watched No. 2 FSU crater Pitt to win its 17th straight home game and register its 23rd consecutive ACC match without a loss. That streak is, of course, wrapped around the 2014 national title, the program’s first. In the process, the Seminoles became just the 10th women’s team to win a national title.

The Florida State women’s soccer program didn’t run through its first season until 1995-96, 14 years after the DI women’s tournament was established. The team showed promise in its first year by winning 12 games, and all seven of its losses were to ranked teams in the metallic heyday of the ACC. Two of those losses were to No. 1 North Carolina, enmeshed as it was in its colossus phase of the 1990’s. The Tar Heels were on their way to their 13th national title in 15 years that season, and they embarrassed FSU twice, first in a 9-0 shellacking during the regular season and again in a 7-1 beating in the ACC tourney that ended the Seminoles’ season.

It took Florida State six years to qualify for its first College Cup. It was another four before it made its first national title game, another six before it made it back and a year after that before it won its first title. In that time, things have shifted irrevocably. The revolution is here. Florida State hasn’t lost to North Carolina in four years. The mystique will never die, but it’s certainly faded.

In all of college sports, there has never been a program like the UNC women’s soccer program of the 80’s, 90’s and early aughts. Looking back with clear eyes, there probably never will be again.

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Written by Will Parchman

The hairstyle of the modern soccer player is a poorly written science fiction novel: unknowable in its denseness, misunderstood, strange and WAIT IS THAT A SAMURAI RAT TAIL.

North Carolina took us on this strange journey of the folically challenged via host Andy Lopez, who introduced us to a rat tail (HE TOUCHED IT), whatever Alan Winn’s hair is, the flowey man-bun, the tousled self-cut, the James Rodriguez, the 3rd grade comb-over, the hemisphere line cut, the Ninja Turtle and SO MUCH MORE.

Look at this. Just look.

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Written by Will Parchman

It’s back.

After a long, seemingly interminable offseason of hibernation, the TopDrawerSoccer.com College Goal of the Week competition returns for its second year of action. If you’ll flash back to the end of last season, Rutgers’ Rachel Cole carried the vote for our 2013 College Goal of the Year with her incredible golazo in the American Athletic conference tournament. We begin that journey anew today.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Welcome to our final installment of the five best women’s DI squads to ever suit up. We’ve already taken you through the 2005 Portland Pilots, the 1998 Florida Gators and the 1992 North Carolina Tar Heels.

Here are our last two combatants. Next up, be on the lookout for a proper vote between the five. Almost time to start picking sides.

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Written by Will Parchman

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On Friday, we started our journey through the five best women’s DI teams of all time leading into this weekend’s College Cup. With the ’05 Portland Pilots already on the wall, here are our next two entrants into the mix.

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Written by Will Parchman

It was a busy week for the ACC. No. 3 Florida State snuck by No. 5 North Carolina in a tantalizing showdown, Katie Stengel bagged her 50th goal for Wake Forest and Clemson can’t concede these days. So tune in as Jeff Fischel takes you through the salient bits in another episode of ACC Soccer Weekly.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

Maryland and UNC, two of the best teams in the ACC, lined up in men’s soccer on Friday night. And while each has reason to be happy about a 2-2 draw, the highlight of the night was this epic 50+ yard run from Carolina midfielder Omar Holness.

Terps coach Sasho Cirovski will no doubt some words with his defenders after this one.

 

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