North Carolina women win another soccer national title

Published Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:58 PM by Shane Barrow

Same old, same old.  North Carolina womens soccer is on top once again.  The Tar Heels made short work of Penn State in the NCAA championship match winning easily 4-1.

Penn State was clearly outmatched as UNC opened the scoring after only a minute of play as Kealia Ohai blasted home a bomb from the top of the penalty box.  The Nittany Lions tried to fight back and clawed the game to 1-1 in the 20th minute.

Christine Nairn eluded two defenders before knocking a perfect pass behind the Tar Heels defense for Taylor Schram. The junior forward caught North Carolina keeper off her line and calmly chipped her.

That was to be it PSU though.  It was all UNC from there.  Penn State survived the final 15 minutes of the first half on level terms, but they would not survive the final 45.

Corner kicks were their undoing.  Twice in the opening 15 minutes of the second half North Carolina would score off the set pieces.  First Katie Bowen would head home to make it 2-1 and then Satara Murray would bang home a loose ball to put the game out of reach.

The final goal came when Crystal Dunn crossed to Ranee Premji for an easy finish.  North Carolina claimed their 21st National Title with the 4-1 win.