The 19th Title Had Plenty of Drama
DAVID ENARSON/THE DAILY TAR HEEL
Cto seeing Notre Dame Notre Dame set up a six-person
in the NCAA wall 10 yards in front of
arolina is getting used earn the Tar Heels a free kick.
women’s soccer tournament. Nogueira at the 13-yard line.
This was the third straight Nogueira drilled a shot to
year in which the two teams the left of the wall and powered
had faced each other, and the the ball into the top left corner
No. 1-ranked Irish tasted the from 23 yards out.
opportunity to be only the The winner came when
second school in history to go Nogueira gained possession and
undefeated and untied over a dribbled down the left side in
season — that distinction an effort to evade the Notre
belonging to the women from Dame defense. She then ripped
Chapel Hill. a 20-yard shot with her left foot
The title match started omi- that she bent over the goal-
nously when Notre Dame’s keeper into the top middle of
Kerri Hanks scored only 16 seconds in, but the the net. Coach Anson Dorrance ’ 74 called both
Tar Heels’ junior forward Casey Nogueira held her goals “world class.”
the winning cards: Two goals, the second coming The goal was Nogueira’s 25th, and she became
with 2:06 left in the match, to give Carolina a only the ninth player in UNC history to score
2-1 championship, its 19th since the NCAA first that many in a single season.
sanctioned women’s soccer 27 years ago. It hap- She was named the most outstanding offensive
pened in front of 7, 100 mostly friendly fans at player in the tournament, and she was joined on
WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. the Women’s College Cup All-Tournament Team
The Heels went into the tournament ranked by teammates Yael Averbuch, Brittani Bartok,
fourth nationally, and they beat the No. 2 (UCLA) Whitney Engen and Tobin Heath. Shortly after-and No. 1 teams in the semis and the final. It was ward, Nogueira was named one of three finalists
their 100th tournament win, and they ended the for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy,
season on a 22-match unbeaten streak after losing the highest individual honor in intercollegiate
to the Irish in September. UNC finished 25-1-2 soccer.
to become the ninth team in Carolina history to
win 25 matches in a season.
Notre Dame’s early goal held
up through the first half and left
the Heels facing a halftime deficit
for the first time all season.
Carolina came out of the
locker room with significantly
more resolve. In the 51st
minute, sophomore forward
Jessica McDonald won the
ball and dribbled down the
center of the pitch, taking
on a quartet of Irish defenders.
McDonald was fouled about five
yards outside the penalty area to
PHOTOS BY JEFFREY A. CAMARATI/ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS
The men come close
But for a Maryland goal at
the 66:10 mark of the first-ever
men’s championship between
conference rivals, Carolina
would have two new soccer
The Tar Heels won four
straight one-goal matches to
reach the championship game
before falling 1-0. Carolina finished the season 15-8-1 and
had the second-best postseason
finish in the program’s history.
The Heels are 21-15-0
all-time in NCAA play.
Casey Nogueira on the move against the
Irish; the Heels’ Cameron Brown leaps for
a header against Maryland; the women
celebrate their 19th title in 27 years.