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ECLIPSE SELECT ALUMNI: REDEI, UNC BOUND FOR COLLEGE CUP

11/30/2016, 11:30am CST
By Charlie Corr

Highland Park native represents Tar Heels for Dec. 2-4 event; six other alumni prep for D-III semifinals this Friday

 
CHICAGO (Nov. 29, 2016) – Former Eclipse Select Soccer Club forward Zoe Redei (Highland Park, Ill.) is headed to the 2016 NCAA Women’s College Cup. The North Carolina freshman and her side advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s quarterfinal round with a 1-0 victory against South Carolina on Friday in Columbia, S.C.
 
Redei, who has worked her way back from an ankle injury, has been playing a reserve role for UNC during the postseason. On Friday, she registered two shots in 36 minutes as the Tar Heels improved to 17-3-4 on the season.
 
“They’ve improved so much since I’ve been out,” Redei told dailytarheel.com a week ago. “They just continue to improve, and it’s just amazing to be back playing with them.
 
UNC is now headed to the College Cup to face West Virginia (22-1-2) in the semifinals on Friday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The game kicks off at 4 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
 
The Tar Heels prevailed against a South Carolina side that featured three Eclipse alumni in All-SEC First Team senior defender Paige Bendell (Orland Park, Ill.) and Redei’s former ECNL teammates in freshman defenders Tatumn Milazzo (Orland Park, Ill.) and Becky Koch (Cary, Ill.). Bendell started and logged the full 90 minutes while Koch and Milazzo each came off the bench and recorded a shot, Milazzo’s forcing UNC goalkeeper Lindsey Harris into one final save with 39 seconds remaining.
 
North Carolina is competing in its 27th College Cup, a staggering total compared to the rest of the field, which includes second-timer USC and first-timers Georgetown and West Virginia.
 
Le Beau, Auburn fall short to USC: Auburn sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Le Beau (Crystal Lake, Ill.) recorded six saves, but the Tigers fell 1-0 to USC on Friday in Los Angeles. Le Beau capped off the year with a 17-7-0 record and 73 saves and six shutouts.
 
“I knew I had to find a way to keep my team in it and I did,” Le Beau said. “I just wish I could have done a little more.”
 
D-III Final Four on horizon: The NCAA Division II Final Four kicks off this Friday at Kerr Stadium in Salem, Va. Six Eclipse Select alumni take front and center. The University of Chicago, which features junior defender Kaitlin Price (River Forest, Ill.), sophomore midfielder Madison Navarro (Elmhurst, Ill.) and freshman defender Katie Sadera (Northfield, Ill.), faces Messiah at 4 p.m. CT. Washington University-St. Louis, which also includes three Eclipse alumni in senior defender Lexie Sprague (Streamwood, Ill.), sophomore midfielder Caroline Dempsey (Lincolnshire, Ill.) and freshman midfielder Mikaela Niermann (Geneva, Ill.), takes on Brandeis on Dec. 2 (6:30 p.m. CT kickoff). The D-III championship is being held at 4:30 p.m. CT on Saturday.

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