November 30, 2012
WOMEN’S COLLEGE CUP
Nittany Lions, Tar Heels advance
NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS 1, STANFORD CARDINAL 0 OT
SAN DIEGO---Kealia Ohai scored in the 102nd minute giving North Carolina a 1-0 win over Stanford in the College Cup Semi Final at Torrero Stadium Friday night.
Ohai took a ball from Crystal Dunn and took a 15 yard shot from the right side to the oppsoit corner sending it off the post and in.
The Tar Heels advance to the final for the 26th time, and the first time since 2009. They have won the championship 20 times. Stanford had appeared in the last three championship games, winning the title last year.
Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver was outstanding in net, making ten saves, as the Tar Heels outshot the Cardinal 20-13.
Tar Heels goalkeeper Gay Adelaide made four saves.
PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 2, FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 1 OT
SAN DIEGO---Christine Nairn scored 1:12 into overtime advancing Penn State to their first ever NCAA Championship game with a 2-1 win over Florida State Friday night.
Penn State is just the second Big Ten team to ever appear in the National Title game (Wisconsin, 1991).
Leading 1-0 in regulation, Penn State surrendered a goal to the Seminoles with just 41 seconds remaining. With Florida State riding the momentum, the Nittany Lions abruptly ended the game in the 91st minute, when senior captain Maddy Evans hit a long pass from the right wing into the box and Nairn touched it in from six yards out.
Penn State’s go-ahead goal came in the 57th minute. Weber broke loose on the left side. She dribbled into the box and took a decent angled shot on goal. Wys made a great first save, but the ball deflected off her hands. Hayes gathered the rebound and tapped it in to give the Lions a 1-0 advantage.
Florida State found the equalizer with 41 seconds left to play in the game when McCarty headed in a cross from Kristin Grubka that trickled inside of the left netting to even the score at 1-1 and force overtime.
Penn State and North Carolina will meet for the championship at 4:00 pm ET on Sunday.