Tar Heels win women’s title; Men’s semis set

December 2, 2012

North Carolina won the NCAA women’s soccer championship. What else is new? Well, this year’s title was sort of new. It had been three years since the Tar Heels’ previous crown — an eternity in Chapel Hill.

Despite five losses and three draws, UNC rallied in the national tournament, culminating with a 4-1 victory over Penn State on Sunday in San Diego for its 21st championship in 31 seasons.

Check the lineups and scoring summary. Watch the video package.

The College Cup for men at Regions Park, a baseball stadium in Hoover, Ala., is set:

Friday’s semifinals

No. 2 Maryland (20-1-2) vs. No. 3 Georgetown (19-3-2), 5 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

No. 12 Creighton (17-3-3) vs. No. 16 Indiana (14-5-3), 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

The final is next Sunday at 2 p.m. ET (ESPNU).

Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham, also hosted the 2011 College Cup. The event moves next year to PPL Park in Chester, Pa., home to MLS’s Philadelphia Union.

Maryland and Georgetown each won at home by 3-1 scores Saturday, while Indiana upset defending champion North Carolina, 1-0, on Friday night and Creighton stunned fourth-seeded Connecticut, 1-0, on Sunday on Christian Blandon‘s goal in the 89th minute.

The Terps are in the final four for the first time since winning the 2008 title with future MLS players Graham Zusi, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza, Rodney Wallace, Jeremy Hall, Casey Townsend and Zac MacMath.

The Hoyas had never advanced past the round of 16 until this year and will face a Maryland team that has beaten them in all 27 meetings — most, however, occurred before 1990. The last two meetings, in 2007 and ’09, were 2-1 outcomes.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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