Soccer: North Carolina tops Notre Dame for women's NCAA title
CARY, N.C. — Casey Nogueira scored two second-half goals, including the winner with 2:06 remaining, and North Carolina defeated Notre Dame 2-1 today in the championship game of the NCAA Womens College Cup.
The Tar Heels (25-1-2) overcame the fastest goal in Notre Dame history to win their 19th women's soccer championship in the 27-year history of the tournament.
Nogueira, who had a goal and an assist in UNCs 2-1 victory over Notre Dame in the 2006 championship game, tied Sundays game on a free kick in the 52nd minute. She put the Tar Heels ahead to stay with shot from the left flank that sailed over the head of Notre Dame goalkeeper Kelsey Lysander on its way to the right side of the net.
Kerri Hanks gave Notre Dame (26-1-0) the early lead, finding the back of the net 16 seconds into the game.