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March 15, 2021

UNC Women’s International Soccer Star, Alessia Russo, Talks Playing Different Positions, Academics and Ability

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Alessia Russo, a rising senior from Kent, England, is Chapel Hill’s MVP. The University of North Carolina Tar Heels have won 21 of the 38 Division 1 NCAA Women’s Soccer National Championships. Russo without a doubt is one of the program’s best players of all time. The wonderfully creative forward, who stands at 5 feet 9 inches, was a 2018 United Soccer Coaches first-team All-America selection, the first Tar Heel to make the first team since Crystal Dunn in 2013. 

Junior Year – Just a few of her many accomplishments:

  • Hermann Trophy semifinalist 
  • Most Valuable Player of the 2019 ACC Tournament 
  • First-team All-ACC for the third year in a row 
  • All-ACC Tournament selection 
  • Preseason All-ACC selection 
  • Team tri-captain 
  • Played 24 matches overall, all starts, playing 1,432 minutes 
  • Leads the team in goals with 13 and is second in points with 29 
  • Beven braces for her career 
  • Has 27 career goals, tied for 40th in UNC history 
  • 16 of her career goals have been game-winning tallies

YOUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE