Penn State, UNC to meet for women's NCAA title

SAN DIEGO — Kealia Ohai scored at 5:53 of the second overtime to lift North Carolina to a 1-0 victory against top-seeded Stanford in semifinals of the NCAA Division I College Cup on Friday night.

The Tar Heels (14-5-3), making their 26th appearance in the College Cup semis in 31 years, will go for its record 21st women's soccer title against Penn State on Sunday. The Nittany Lions (21-3-2) beat Florida State 2-1 in overtime in the other semifinal.

The loss by defending national champion Stanford (21-2-1) was the first for goalie Emily Oliver.

On the winning goal, Crystal Dunn eluded the Cardinal's Alina Garciamendez with some fancy footwork in Stanford territory after taking a midfield pass from Katie Bowen. Dunn slid a perfect pass to Ohai, who was open on the right side and beat Oliver with a shot off the far left post and into the net.

Oliver, who finished with 10 saves, had made a number of outstanding stops as North Carolina outshot Stanford 20-4 — including 6-0 in the two overtime sessions.

Adelaide Gay had five saves and improved her record to 12-3-1 for the Tar Heels, who are now 24-2 in national semifinal games.


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