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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - Junior forward Kealia Ohai's overtime goal in the 105th minute Friday night lifted 14th-ranked North Carolina into the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament championship game as the Tar Heels knocked off top-ranked Stanford 1-0 in double overtime in the national semifinals. The game was played before 7,289 fans at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego.
Carolina will play in its 24th NCAA championship game in the 31-year history of the tournament on Sunday when it meets sixth-ranked Penn State Sunday at 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) at Torero Stadium. The Nittany Lions advanced to their first-ever NCAA final by defeating fellow No. 1 seed Florida State 2-1 in overtime in the first semifinal game Friday night.
Friday night's semifinal game was a hard fought game throughout the 90 minutes of regulation. Both teams had good chances to score although the Tar Heels might have had an edge in possession. Through regulation UNC had outshot the Cardinal 14-13 and had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. UNC was on frame through most of that time with Stanford's Emily Oliver making seven saves in regulation and UNC's Adelaide Gay making four.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Florida State (20-4-0) saw its season come to a close Friday night in San Diego as the Seminoles fell to Penn State (21-3-2) 2-1 in overtime in the first semifinal of the 2012 College Cup inside Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego.
Trailing by a goal until the final minute of regulation, Florida State found the equalizer with 41 seconds left to play in the game when Tiffany McCarty headed in a cross from Kristin Grubka that trickled inside of the left netting to even the score at 1-1 and force overtime.
The goal was the second latest game-tying goal in school history coming just five seconds shy of the record set by Tori Huster when she forced overtime at Virginia in 2011.
After battling for possession of the ball with two Nittany Lion players along the right sideline, Grubka gained control and dribbled toward the goal before lofting a cross into the middle of the box. McCarty was on the receiving end of the cross flicking a header inside the left post for the score. The goal was McCarty's team leading 17th of the season and 10th in the last seven games.