NCAA DI conference play kicks off this Friday and we have our eye on one matchup in particular. The University of North Carolina are set to host Virginia Tech in the first ACC match up of the year. Between the two squads, 25 W League players will be available for selection.
Notorious women’s soccer powerhouse UNC has 13 W League athletes who competed for seven different clubs during the 2024 season – NC Courage U23, Wake FC, Racing Louisville FC, Long Island Rough Riders, Flint City AFC, Morris Elite SC, and W League champions Indy Eleven.
UNC freshman and U.S. Youth National Team regular Mia Oliaro made her mark on the 2023 W League season, scoring five goals and tallying an assist over 12 matches for finalists NC Courage U23. Her performance led her to being named the 2023 Young Player of the Year. Over the course of the summer Oliaro competed with UNC and USWNT legend Heather O’Reilly in the W League.
Virginia Tech features 12 W League athletes who competed across six different clubs – Southern Soccer Academy, Northern Virginia FC, Racing Louisville FC, Charlotte Independence, NC Fusion, Wake FC, and McLean Soccer.
Virginia Tech features five Northern Virginia FC teammates led by Taylor Price who appeared nine times and scored five goals for the Leesburg-based team. As a freshman in 2022, Price appeared and started in 19 matches for the Hokies, scoring eight goals and three assists.
Be sure to tune into this ACC clash on ESPN+ this Friday at 3:30pm ET.
UNC W League athletes: Mia Oliaro – NC Courage U23, Emily Moxley – NC Courage U23, Emmie Allen – NC Courage U23, Maci Teater – NC Courage U23, Tori Dellaperuta – Wake FC, Makenna Dominguez – Wake FC, Asha Means – Wake FC, Kai Hayes – Wake FC, Allyson Sentnor – Racing Louisville FC, Bella Sember – Long Island Rough Riders, Olivia Thomas – Flint City AFC, Melina Rebimbas – Morris Elite SC, Nona Reason – Indy Eleven.
Virginia Tech W League athletes: Averi Visage – Southern Soccer Academy, Maysen Nelson – Northern Virgina FC, Taylor Price – Northern Virginia FC, Kendall DiMillio – Northern Virginia FC, Victoria Haugen – Northern Virginia FC, Tori Powell – Northern Virginia FC, Allie George – Racing Louisville FC, Ayden Yates – Charlotte Independence, Victoria Moser – NC Fusion, Alia Skinner – Wake FC, Sophie Maltese – McLean Soccer, Ella Valente – McLean Soccer.