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Dec. 10, 2011
HOOVER, Ala. - Ben Speas put away the final penalty and Carolina advanced to its third NCAA Championship match in school history Friday night as the Tar Heels claimed a 3-1 shootout win after battling No. 13 UCLA to a 2-2 draw after 110 minutes. The Tar Heels will face a familiar foe in Charlotte in the title game on Sunday as Carolina claimed a rain-shortened 2-1 victory over the 49ers during the exhibition season.
The Tar Heels found themselves in a familiar position Friday night being level after 110 minutes of action. Carolina claimed three straight draws in the NCAA Tournament a year ago to advance to the College Cup and used the experience of goalkeeper Scott Goodwin to its advantage to claim a fourth consecutive shootout victory.
UCLA took the first penalty as its captain Andy Rose stepped to the spot to face Goodwin. Rose attempted to go low left on Goodwin and the junior goalkeeper made the stop to put UNC in the driver's seat. Carolina's captain then proceeded to deliver a 1-0 advantage as he went low to put the Tar Heels in front.
Goodwin made another tremendous save on Kelyn Rowe before senior Drew McKinney gave Carolina a 2-0 lead as he converted his penalty.
Following a Victor Munoz make, Billy Schuler had a chance to put Carolin in front 3-1, but his attempt hit the left post and bounced out giving UCLA a chance. Bruin midfielder Fernando Monge pushed his attempt wide left giving Carolina a chance at the win.