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Saturday December 3rd

Womens Soccer

Casey Nogueira scored the lone goal to lift the Tar Heels over the Fighting Irish in the College Cup Semifinals DTH/Phong Dinh

Women's soccer to play for NCAA title

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — Casey Nogueira delivered for a second time in two seasons for North Carolina against Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament. But Irish head coach Randy Waldrum didn’t even know it was the senior forward that showed his team the exit.“Did she score the goal tonight?,” Waldrum asked the media. “Well I was going to sit here and tell you I thought we did a really good job on her tonight.”

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Women's soccer 0-0 at the half against Notre Dame

North Carolina and Notre Dame have played a very even first half match in their NCAA Semifinal match in College Station, Texas. At halftime, the score is 0-0.UNC has outshot the Irish 12 to four. Casey Nogueira leads the team with four shots, with one of them on goal. Tobin Heath has had her one shot hit the crossbar in the 21st minute of the match.

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Soccer teams face stiff challenges in NCAAs

In its first College Cup game, the North Carolina women’s soccer team will face a familiar foe.Last season, UNC claimed the NCAA crown against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a 2-1 comeback victory, marking the sixth time they ousted the team from the tournament.

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Senior forward Casey Nogueira scored during UNC’s win against Maryland in the NCAA Tournament. DTH/Will Cooper

Nogueira gives UNC women's soccer NCAA win

North Carolina goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris admitted in the post-game press conference that the UNC defense was not flawless against Maryland on Saturday.“You’re not going to be perfect all 90 minutes,” Harris said. “I’m sure not. I’d like to be.”But after UNC’s eighth straight shutout victory, senior midfielder Tobin Heath had to disagree.

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Women’s soccer team moves onto NCAA quarterfinals

After his team defeated Maryland on Saturday for the third time in as many weeks, North Carolina women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance was not shy about the challenge of facing a team three times in one season.“It’s a royal pain,” he said. “It’s the nature of the quality of the league that we’re going to face a team possibly three times. And it’s no fun, trust me.”

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Freshmen foster women’s soccer success

For the North Carolina women’s soccer team, playing in the first round of the NCAA tournament has become a formality.Sitting in the corner of Fetzer Field is a reminder of the 20 national championships won by former Tar Heel teams, including two by this year’s senior class.

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Freshman Lucy Bronze (center) scored two goals and added an assist on the weekend. DTH/Andrew Dye

Tar Heels return to the NCAA Sweet 16

North Carolina needed 67 minutes and 26 shots to score its first goal against High Point on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.Sunday was a different story as Courtney Jones put the Tar Heels (19-3-1) up for good in just the ninth minute of its 4-0 second round win against Georgia (15-6-1).

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Women’s soccer downed twice; men's squad avenge Boston College loss

Two seasons, 1982 and 2000, mark the only years where the North Carolina women’s soccer team lost two straight games. Sunday, the 2009 season was added to the list. Following a 3-2 overtime heartbreaker to Florida State on Thursday, UNC fell 1-0 to Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., to give the Tar Heels their third loss in the last five games.

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Women’s soccer upholds spotless record against Virginia

Saturday was a new chapter in the one-sided series between North Carolina and Virginia and had to involve one of the most interesting plot twists in the 36-chapter history.The ending was no different — UNC was able to pull out a 2-1 victory in front of its home crowd to remain undefeated in the series.

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North Carolina had never lost to Virginia in 35 previous meetings with the Cavaliers.DTH/Phong Dinh

W. Soccer: Heels snatch late ACC win in 88th minute

North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance was trying every combination of players he could think of to crack the Virginia defense.But on Saturday it took a couple of lucky bounces and a pair of arms to secure the 2-1 win for the UNC women’s soccer team.North Carolina (12-1-1), the No. 2 team in the country, tried every trick in the book but was continually thwarted. Through balls, long balls, crosses and corners — nothing penetrated Virginia’s tough and physical defense.

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Nikki Washington is among four UNC women’s soccer players who will be absent tonight versus Duke. DTH/Andrew Dye

Women's soccer shorthanded against Duke

North Carolina women’s soccer players Meghan Klingenberg and Amanda Tucker entered Wednesday’s practice at Fetzer Field costumed as Blue Devils in preparation for tonight’s match against Duke.While Klingenberg and Tucker will inevitably trade their royal blue ensembles and pitchforks for Carolina blue jerseys, the Tar Heels will still be shorthanded for the rivalry game.

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W. Soccer: Late goals power Heels

Nearly 82 minutes into the clash between the No. 1 North Carolina women’s soccer team and No. 13 Texas A&M, Tobin Heath found herself in a familiar position.In a scoreless game where both teams were making it hard to even get a shot off, Heath had already seen a potential assist to Casey Nogueira broken up at the last second and a potential assist to Jessica McDonald sail high off McDonald’s foot.But Heath made the same play again, this time paying off as Nikki Washington was able to score the first goal of the game in UNC’s 2-0 win against the Aggies Saturday.

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