Danae O'Halloran Returning to NJ Wildcats

O'Halloran will head to the defending National Champion UNC Tar Heels in the fall.

Toms River North Senior Headed to UNC Tar Heels in the Fall

The New Jersey Wildcats made official on Wednesday that forward Danae O’Halloran will be once again returning to the team this summer. O’Halloran, who was highly recruited by many of the top college soccer programs in the nation, will be heading to Chapel Hill to play for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels this fall at the conclusion of the upcoming USL W-League season.

“We are very happy to have Danae return to the Wildcats this fall, and she will play a pivotal role in how well we do this season,” head coach Kevin McDermott stated. “I have truly enjoyed watching Danae develop into an elite soccer player during her time with the Wildcats, and I know she will continue to have great success as she heads off to Chapel Hill to play for UNC in the fall.”

O’Halloran has spent the past two seasons playing with the full Wildcats side, compiling two goals and a pair of assists in just four matches in 2012. The previous year, she contributed two assists to the Wildcats stat sheet. It has not been an easy road to North Carolina for the Toms River native, who has overcome ACL tears to both knees in the past two years to ink a college contract with the Tar Heels. UNC is the most successful women’s soccer program in college history, winning 22 of the 32 total NCAA College Cups that have been played, including the 2012 National Championship this past fall.

O’Halloran and the Wildcats return to Lions Stadium at The College of New Jersey in Ewing on Wednesday, May 22nd, hosting the North Jersey Valkyries for its 2013 season opener at 7:45 p.m. Tickets for all Wildcats home matches are now available and can be attained by calling 732-298-7619. Individual game tickets as well as team and family packages are available.

The New Jersey Wildcats played their debut season in the USL W-League in 1996 and have competed every year since. The team compiled a 41-1 regular season record from 2004-06, winning regular season titles in 2004 and 2006 while taking the W-League championship in 2005. Following the 2005 season, the Wildcats were named the USL Franchise of the Year. After the completion of the 2008 season, USP Soccer headlined a new ownership regime for the Wildcats, and the team received postseason bids after each of its first three seasons with the group at the helm. The Wildcats are one of the longest running franchises in women’s soccer history, with the team kicking off its 18th year of play this summer in the W-League.

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