Tucked away among the cozy houses on Church Street, just blocks from the Chapel Hill campus, is the home of five of the top athletes at Carolina ... but you probably don't even know their names (yet). Owners of an ACC Title (for a few, two) and an NCAA title (just one of the program's record 18), these barely-post-teens have opened their doors to SI on Campus for an exclusive look at their Tar Heel soccer digs. Say hello to (left to right) Nikki Washington, Whitney Engen, Ashlyn Harris, Sterling Smith and Yael Averbuch -- members of the UNC women's soccer team.
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And now to the kitchen. The house may look quaint and petite from the outside but, umm, ... not so much. For college students, let alone any home owners, the kitchen ain't bad ...
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And it's perfect for Engen's cooking. Her steaks took an overwhelming vote as the household favorite and, as for side dishes, well, with a stacked `fridge like that, they have plenty of options.
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Dining tables are so boring. Why sit when you can ping-pong?
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You don't need to look hard to notice the decorating themes throughout the house. Anything soccer, Carolina, Carolina soccer and Carolina blue are good to go. Including the players' individual action shots adorning the living room walls.
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Don't forget about Washington ...
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A reminder of last year's National Championship, in which the Tar Heels ousted Notre Dame 2-1 in the final game. Not bad for a team that opened it's season with a rare loss, had to recover from seeing 10 players from the previous season graduate and, quite frankly, wasn't expected to be the typical dominant force it had been in the past. Talk about a blown prediction.
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Guitar Hero -- many have tried, few have mastered it. While spectators of Washington have yet to declare her a legend, she certainly looks the part. Just as she is entertained with a guitar, her roommates are entertained waiting for her "Kiss tongue" to poke through when she becomes completely absorbed in her, err, music.
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Yes, Engen can cook AND was voted to have the neatest room in the house. That's double brownie points.
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Harris took home a close second in the neatest-room contest, but managed to stand out with her surfing poster -- a fitting decoration for a Floridian.
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And Washington, well, let's just say teammate and close friend Tobin Heath volunteered to be pictured, allowing us to quietly avoid the state of her room. Thanks, Tobin.
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No more dormitory "balconies" or lame apartment porches. We're talkin' a fully-paved basketball/tennis court with amenities to enjoy (and combine) a variety of sports. Such as soccer-tennis. No rackets. No linesmen. Just feet. And the ability to juggle a soccer ball for hours on end.
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But for a former high school point guard, the common sports appeal to Harris.
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