Penn State to meet UNC for NCAA women's soccer crown
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Penn State will attempt to win its first NCAA women's soccer title on Sunday against North Carolina after both schools recorded overtime wins in their respective semifinals on Friday.
Penn State began the night with a thrilling 2-1 win over Florida State on Christine Nairn's goal in the second minute of overtime, while North Carolina knocked off Stanford, 1-0, in double overtime courtesy of Kealia Ohai's strike.
Maya Hayes put Penn State into the lead in the 56th minute when she scored on the rebound, and the Nittany Lions held out until the final minute of regulation, when FSU's Tiffany McCarty headed home Kristin Grubka's cross to send the match into overtime.
But Florida State's joy was quickly muted as it took Penn State less than two minutes to win the game. Maddy Evans drove a ball into the area for Nairn and she scored the winner from six yards.
North Carolina had the better of the play against defending champions Stanford as goalkeeper Emily Oliver kept the Cardinal in the game with a pair of key saves.
The first came early in the second half when she tipped Maria Lubrano's shot onto the crossbar, while Amber Brooks' effort from the edge of the area forced a fine stop from the Stanford 'keeper in overtime.
However, the breakthrough finally came after 105 minutes as Crystal Dunn did some good work in midfield to spring Ohai, whose shot struck the far post and found its way over the goal line.
12/01 01:59:04 ET