The 2009 season was fantastic! Another national championship has been wrapped up, and as of this date (December 22) most all of the 2009 accolades have been announced. It is time to start a new thread for 2010. We Tar Heel fans are so fortunate! We get to enjoy really great soccer year in and year out and next season should be no exception. Sure, we loose members of that amazing class that helped win the NCAA championship in 2006 2008,2009...), and there will certainly be some big holes left next year, but let’s look at the exciting possibilities. Here’s how I see next year shaping up. I see some growing pains of a “rebuilding” year for perhaps two thirds of the season -especially if Anson schedules (as he typically does) some top notch teams early on. New roles and new faces will have to work their way into the line up and working efficiently as a team will take a little while even after a regular lineup and substitution patterns are settled. I fully expect the Tar Heels to make the NCAA tournament, of course, and I would even not be surprised to see the 2010 team make the final four, but I will not be overly disappointed if they loose a critical game earlier in the tournament. I am excited about the solid recruits in next year’s freshman class. Kealia Ohai is very highly touted, and is probably one of the top three players entering college. But Crystal Dunn showed so well this past year and a she may surprise a lot of us! Crystal is one of two 5’1” Tarheel Recruits (the other being Megan Morris). Since Anson generally prefers taller players, it will be interesting to see how these two excellent players produce next year. There has been much discussion on the 2009 Tar Heel thread about Elizabeth Burchenal. My feeling is that she is one in a line of Carolina recruits that have been well vetted and she will come on strong. Finally, does anyone know anything about Kelly McFarlane? My expectations for a 2010 line up are: Goal: Sieloff (possibly platooning with Daly) Backs: Givan, Wood, Bronze Midfield: Klingenberg, Brooks, Hawkins, Dunn Forwards: McDonald, Jones, Ohai But so much could easily change! Ali would make a great back in Anson’s system. Lucy could not return in which case Elizabeth Burchenal might step into the midfield (or go up front if Ohai went to mid.) Ranee Premji played well and may move up. And I’d love to see Merritt Matthias get more time, not to mention Erin Mikula, and Megan Morris may surprise us. Emmalie Pfankuch will get stronger along with Maria who has some great moments this past year. Brittani Bartok remains an enigma... such skill, but she seems slow to pick up the mental part that the Tar Heel game depends on.... Maybe next year will be her year to shine. Dang, who have I forgotten?? The possible combinations are endless.