December 2, 2012
WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP
Tar Heels overtake Penn State, 4-1, as Dunn scores in championship game
SAN DIEGO---Four players, including Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, N.Y., scored, as North Carolina dismantled Penn State 4-1 to capture their 21st NCAA women's Division I championship Sunday at Torero Stadium.
The game started quickly in North Carolina's favor, as Kealia Ohai ripped a shot that rang off the cross bar and into the net in just the second minute.
Taylor Schram equalized in the 19th minute, running onto a brilliantly threaded through ball from Christine Nairn. Schram controlled the ball on the left side as North Carolina goalkeeper Adelaide Gay came off her line. Schram then ripped a 15 yard shot over the keeper and into the net.
That was as close as the Nittany Lions came, as the Tar Heels used a four-back formation to shut down Nairn and Maya Hayes.
Less than a minute into the second half, North Carolina struck for the game winner off a corner kick played into the area. Hannah Gardner got up for a header at the far post and nodded the ball past PSU goalkeeper Erin McNulty.
Satara Murray made it 3-1 on a similar play in the 64th minute. Again a corner was played into the box. Gardner got a head on it, but her shot was blocked. After a scramble in the goal mouth, Alyssa Rich got off another shot that was blocked before Murray then managed to slip the ball over the line.
North Carolina, who have now won the NCAA title 21 times, made it 4-1 in the 75th minute, when Dunn, who has played for the Long Island Fury, worked her way down the end line and fed Ranee Premji.
North Carolina outshot the Tar Heels 24-12, and Gay finished with two saves for the Tar Heels, while Hannah Daley made one save after coming on in the 86th minute.
The first save by either team did not come until the 34th minute, when Penn State's McNulty made a stop on a volley by Alyssa Rich. McNulty, who was making her second appearance in a College Cup final after playing in the 2007 event for Florida State, finished the game with seven saves.