UNC is one of the premier sports universities in the country, so it’s no surprise that two Carrboro graduates, Miah Araba and Laura Sparling, decided to take their talents to the soccer team. Although Araba and Sparling aren’t starters yet, they bring a lot to the team and are future stars.

UNC’s current star is Alessia Russo, who leads the team with nine goals as a result of a team high of 52 total shots throughout the 2017 season; this earned her a place on the all ACC first team. After playing at Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion youth squads in England, Russo has brought another dimension to UNC by leading the team in goals as a freshman.

The UNC soccer team is working hard to achieve their end goal of winning a national championship. UNC earned the one seed in their side of the tournament bracket after being placed second at the end of the season right behind Stanford. They have already advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament after defeating High Point by three goals.

The next game is Friday, November 17th at home against Colorado. If UNC beats Colorado they could play against one of their instate rivals, NC State, if they win their next game against Princeton.

Photo courtesy Laura Sparling