The staff here at Keeping It Heel got together to look back on 2012 and celebrate the top contributors to the athletic program at the great University of North Carolina. Today we will celebrate the greatest achievements in the year that is now behind us and honor those who helped make it memorable. Here we’ll look at our choice for Tar Heel Female Athlete of the Year Amber Brooks. Be sure to check back later for the rest of the series where we honor the male & female athlete of the year, the coach of the year, game of the year, play of the year, team of the year, alumni professional sportsman of the year and comeback player of the year . To view portions of this series published so far click HERE.
The North Carolina Tar Heels Women’s soccer team won their 22nd national title this season in improbable fashion. Before the season head coach Anson Dorrance wasn’t even sure if this team would end up in the NCAA Tournament let alone as a national title contender. After qualifying for the tourney nobody paid attention to these Heels despite their rich history under Dorrance who has captured 22 titles in his 34 year coaching career in Chapel Hill.
The player who led this team was senior midfielder Amber Brooks. Brooks a Brooks is a four-year starter in the midfield won the TDS player of the year award and was named first-team 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Soccer Team for NCAA Division I.
Brooks started every Tar Heel game this season and is Carolina’s second-leading scorer with seven goals and six assists. Her 20 points in a season are a career high for the playmaking center midfielder, topping the 16 points she had as a sophomore in 2010. Brooks led UNC in game-winning goals with three. She was named first-team All-ACC for the second year in a row earlier this year after making the second-team as a freshman.
Brooks has had a tremendous career at Carolina and the program will sorely miss their leader next season. Amber is known for playing extremely hard and being a great teammate who is obviously very engaged in the classroom setting a terrific example for student athletes and was an easy choice for our female athlete of the year.