Defender Crystal Dunn, who starred at UNC from 2010 to 2013, played in six of seven games for a U.S. back line that allowed just three goals in the entire tournament.
Forward Tobin Heath, at UNC from 2006 to 2009, played six games and recorded an assist and three shots on goal.
In an interview with the DTH last month, North Carolina women's soccer head coach Anson Dorrance was effusive in his praise of former players, calling Dunn a "devastating" outside back and saying that Heath "could be the margin of victory for the United States." Dorrance coached the USWNT from 1986 to 1994, and has won 22 national championships as the coach for the Tar Heels.
It wasn't just the U.S. that benefitted from the talents of North Carolina alumni. Coaching the Netherlands was former Tar Heel Sarina Wiegman, who played under Anson Dorrance and won a national championship with the team in 1989.