North Carolina rallies for 19th national title in women's soccer
Casey Nogueira scored two second-half goals, including the winner with 2:06 remaining, and North Carolina defeated Notre Dame yesterday, 2-1, in the championship game of the NCAA Women's College Cup in Cary, N.C.
scored two second-half goals, including the winner with 2:06 remaining, and North Carolina defeated Notre Dame yesterday, 2-1, in the championship game of the NCAA Women's College Cup in Cary, N.C.
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 and deny the Fighting Irish's bid for their first undefeated season.
Nogueira, who had a goal and an assist in UNC's 2-1 victory over Notre Dame in the 2006 championship game, tied yesterday's game on a free kick in the 52nd minute. She put the Tar Heels ahead to stay with a 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. Notre Dame had defeated the Tar Heels during the regular season, 1-0.
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* Finland's Anssi Koivuranta won a World Cup Nordic combined event in Trondheim, Norway, while Johnny Spillane of the United States finished fifth.
* Simon Ammann, a former Olympic champion from Switzerland, tied the Granasen hill record with a leap of 140 meters in Trondheim, Norway, winning a second World Cup ski jumping event this season.
* Albert Demtschenko of Russia won a World Cup luge singles race in Sigulda, Latvia, edging two-time Olympic champion Armin Zoggeler of Italy.
* Alain Bernard set a world record in the short-course 100-meter freestyle at the French swimming championships in Angers. The Olympic champion finished in 45.69 seconds.
* Brazilian soccer authorities replaced referee Wagner Tardelli for a decisive Brazilian league game between Goias and Sao Paulo after receiving information of a match-fixing attempt. *