HOOVER, ALA. — In one of the most unique situations in college soccer, Ben Speas tallied the game-winning goal to win his second consecutive NCAA College Cup.
But this time, it was for the North Carolina Tar Heels, not the reigning-Akron Zips.
After almost 65 minutes of play, UNC and UNC Charlotte remained deadlocked in a scoreless battle. But then the junior transfer stepped in and did individually what his team hadn’t been able to accomplish all night.
He dribbled the ball through the 49ers’ esteemed play-creating defense and launched an unassisted rocket off his left cleat. The ball dipped over the head of UNC Charlotte keeper Klay Davis and collected in the back of the net, notching his second game-winner of the season.
Twenty-five minutes later, the top-seeded Tar Heels secured their – and Speas’ – second national championship by a score of 1-0.