Dec. 2, 2006
KANSAS CITY, MO. - Forward Heather O'Reilly, midfielder Yael Averbuch and defender Jessica Maxwell were honored Friday with selection to the 2006 National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America Teams. The trio of Tar Heels will play Sunday in the 2006 NCAA championship game against Notre Dame at 12:30 p.m. at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
O'Reilly was named to the first team squad as was Averbuch. Maxwell was chosen to the second-team All-America squad.
The NSCAA team is the official coaches All-America team.
O'Reilly was named to the first team for the third successive year. She was also a third team selection as a freshman. Both Averbuch and Maxwell were named to the NSCAA All-America Team for the first time in their careers.
Averbuch and O'Reilly, both among the three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy presented by the NSCAA, are Carolina's top two leading scorers.
Averbuch has started all 27 games for UNC and leads UNC with 16 goals, 39 pointa and seven game-winning goals. She had assists on both goals in Friday night's 2-0 win over UCLA in the NCAA semifinals.
O'Reilly, who has shuttled back and forth this season between UNC and the U.S. National Team, has started 26 games and has 11 goals, a team-leading 15 assists and 37 points. O'Reilly had the insurance goal with a little over four minutes remaining in the win over UCLA.
Maxwell serves as the anchor of UNC's successful flat back three defensive system. The center back in the alignment, she came back this year after missing all of 2005 because of ACL surgery. Starting 24 games, she had four assists while leading a UNC defense that has allowed only 12 goals in 27 games and a goals against average of 0.44, one of the nation's best.
Yael Averbuch is one of three Tar Heels on the NSCAA All-America Team.