Hedges leaves Butler for UNC

Butler men’s soccer starting center back and junior Matt Hedges has transferred to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Communications on his Facebook page eluded to the transfer and two sources later confirmed the news, one saying that Hedges made the decision to transfer in December.

Last year, Hedges was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America Second Team, making him the first non-senior to receive any All-American honor.

Hedges was also named to the College Soccer News All-America Third Team and the Horizon League’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Hedges started all 20 games for the Bulldogs, impacting games mostly by denying opponents’ crosses.

Hedges also had some offensive highlights, scoring five goals and notching two assists in 2010.

Butler men’s soccer had its first undefeated regular season in 2010, going 16-0-3 before losing to Michigan State, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.