In the 21st minute, UNC struck first. DuVernois fired off a shot on a pass from sophomore forward Meredith Sholder that found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Less than 12 minutes remaining in the first half, the Terrapins garnered their first corner of the match. However, the team failed to get a shot off, thanks to strong play from the Tar Heel defense.
Just a few minutes remaining in the first half in the 31st minute, Matson added her name to the score sheet with her team-high 20th goal of the season. The score held heading into halftime.
The Terrapins failed to score in the second half thanks to the play of the Tar Heel defense and sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Hendry. UNC recorded six saves in the second half to preserve the 2-0 victory and win the national title.
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Who stood out?
DuVernois scored what wound up being the game-winning goal, her ninth of the season. Sholder added her sixth assist of the campaign on the strike.
Matson scored her team-leading 20th goal in 23 games this season and provided the insurance for her team.
When was it decided?
Although the goal from DuVernois gave the Tar Heels the lead, Matson sealed the victory with her strike. Having only conceded 16 goals all season, the UNC defense showed why it's so dominant by failing to allow a goal from Maryland.
Why does it matter?
Head coach Karen Shelton's squad clinched its first National Championship since 2009 in the team's 10th consecutive Final Four. It is the program's seventh national title and the conclusion to a 23-0 season.
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