The teams combined for eight shots in the second half, but there was never really a solid scoring opportunity for either side. The majority of the game was played between the boxes, and at the end of regulation UNC and Florida State were knotted at 0-0.
Midway through the first overtime period, Florida State got the best chance of either team up to that point, as the Seminoles' Kristie McFarland found herself one-on-one with UNC keeper Lindsey Harris. McFarland got her left boot on the ball, but Harris blocked it with her body and sent it away from danger.
The second overtime period played out much like regulation, as neither side could find space in the other team's box. After 10 minutes of nail-biting action, the Tar Heels and Seminoles were still tied, meaning the game would head to penalty kicks.
The Tar Heels eventually fell in penalty kicks. Florida State's keeper pushed UNC's third attempt, and Bridgette Andrzejewski hit the post on the team's fifth to give Florida State the game.
Who stood out?
The entire back three for North Carolina continued their magnificent form in Sunday's championship game.
Julia Ashley, Maggie Bill and Hanna Gardner held steady against a solid Seminole attacking unit. Coach Anson Dorrance has said his team's defense has vastly improved from the beginning of the season, and that has been evident with the growth of the back line.
When was it decided?
As you might expect, the game wasn't over until the last penalty kick careened off the post. The save for Florida State a few kicks earlier
Why does it matter?
Coming into the tournament, UNC had not won an ACC title since 2009, a streak that will continue for at least one more season.
The loss obviously hurts for the Tar Heels, but the team has shown over the past week it can play with anyone. UNC also likely locked up a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, so it's not all bad news for the team.
Where do they play next?
The Tar Heels will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. Their opponent will be determined later.