[SOCCER AMERICA AWARDS] Crystal Dunn, whose postseason play was instrumental in North Carolina's 2012 national title run, is the 11th Tar Heel player to be named the Soccer America Women's Player of the Year.
Dunn's golden goal gave Carolina a 2-1 win at BYU in the quarterfinals and set up fellow SA MVP Kealia Ohai for the golden goal that gave the Tar Heels a 1-0 victory over defending champion Stanford in the semifinals.
Dunn, who scored both goals for the Tar Heels in the win over BYU, missed the first part of the season to represent the USA at the Under-20 Women's World Cup in Japan. She finished with five goals for UNC, all in NCAA Tournament games.
Dunn, who also won the 2012 Hermann Trophy, played at right back for the USA but was moved to midfield for the Carolina run to its 21st NCAA title in 30 years.
2012 Women's Player of the Year
Crystal Dunn, North Carolina
Position: Midfielder. Class: Jr.
Hometown:Rockville Centre, N.Y.
High School: South Side
Youth Club:Albertson Fury
SA WOMEN'S PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
1985 -- Lisa Gmitter (George Mason)
1986 -- April Heinrichs (North Carolina)
1987 -- Michelle Akers (Central Florida)
1988 -- Shannon Higgins (North Carolina)
1989 -- Shannon Higgins (North Carolina)
1990 -- Kristine Lilly (North Carolina)
1991 -- Julie Foudy (Stanford)
1992 -- Mia Hamm (North Carolina)
1993 -- Mia Hamm (North Carolina)
1994 -- Tisha Venturini (North Carolina)
1995 -- Shannon MacMillan (Portland)
1996 -- Debbie Keller (North Carolina)
1997 -- Sara Whalen (Connecticut)
1998 -- Danielle Fotopoulos (Florida)
1999 -- Lorrie Fair (North Carolina)
2000 -- Anne Makinen (Notre Dame)
2001 -- Aly Wagner (Santa Clara)
2002 -- Christine Sinclair (Portland)
2003 -- Lindsay Tarpley (North Carolina)
2004 -- Katie Thorlakson (Notre Dame)
2005 -- Christine Sinclair (Portland)
2006 -- Heather O'Reilly (North Carolina)
2007 -- Lauren Cheney (UCLA)
2008 -- Casey Nogueira (North Carolina)
2009 -- Kelley O'Hara (Stanford)
2010 -- Christen Press (Stanford)
2011 -- Lindsay Taylor (Stanford)
2012 -- Crystal Dunn (North Carolina)