Five Tar Heels have been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team for women’s soccer, announced Tuesday by the league. The honor recognizes players who excelled academically and athletically during the 2019 season.
Earning the honor from Carolina are senior Morgan Goff, junior Emily Fox, sophomores Rachel Jones and Brianna Pinto, and freshman Maycee Bell. Goff, Fox, Jones and Pinto all were honored for the second year in a row.
The Tar Heels finished 24-1-2 in 2019, winning the program’s 22nd ACC Championship and reaching the NCAA title game.
Goff, a defender/midfielder from Dunn, N.C., graduated from Carolina in December after majoring in English. She started 14 of 27 games for the Tar Heels as a senior.
Fox, a defender from Ashburn, Va., is majoring in global studies. She was a finalist for the Honda Award and the MAC Hermann Trophy this season and earned first-team All-America honors. In 22 games, she scored two goals and contributed a team-high 11 assists.
Jones, a forward/midfielder from Lawrenceville, Ga., is majoring in public policy. She started 25 of 27 games with four goals and one assist.
Pinto, a midfielder from Durham, is majoring in business administration. A first-team All-America selection, she was named the U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year after scoring 11 goals and adding six assists for the Tar Heels last season.
Bell, a defender from Wichita, Kansas, is majoring in exercise and sport science. She was the 2019 ACC Freshman of the Year and named to the All-ACC Tournament team. She earned third-Team All-America honors in her first collegiate season.
NC State’s Tziarra King was honored as the women’s soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September of 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their careers, as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.
For a look at the full team, click here.