CARY, N.C. (AP) -- Casey Nogueira scored two second-half goals, including the winner with 2:06 remaining, and North Carolina defeated Notre Dame 2-1 on Sunday in the championship game of the NCAA Women's College Cup.
The Tar Heels (25-1-2) overcame the fastest goal in Notre Dame history to win their 19th women's soccer championship in the 27-year history of the tournament and deny the Fighting Irish's bid for their first undefeated season.
Nogueira, who had a goal and an assist in UNC's 2-1 victory over Notre Dame in the 2006 championship game, tied Sunday's game on a free kick in the 52nd minute. She put the Tar Heels ahead to stay with shot from the left flank that sailed over the head of Notre Dame goalkeeper Kelsey Lysander on its way to the right side of the net.
Kerri Hanks gave Notre Dame (26-1-0) the early lead, finding the back of the net 16 seconds into the game.
The Fighting Irish kicked off and moved the ball into UNC's end, where defender Kristi Eveland's clearance attempt went to Notre Dame's Courtney Rosen. She lofted a left-footed lob over UNC's defense to a sprinting Hanks, who put the ball into the lower-right corner of the net past goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.
The Tar Heels outshot the Fighting Irish 18-7 in improving to 100-7-1 all time in NCAA tournament. North Carolina also protected its status as the only school to complete a perfect season in NCAA Division I women's soccer, a feat the Tar Heels have accomplished four times (1991-93, 2003).
Notre Dame had defeated the Tar Heels 1-0 during the regular season.