CHARLOTTESVILLE, OCT. 28 -- Sophomore Mia Hamm's corner kick goal in the 62nd minute and Paige Coley's insurance goal with 7:48 left today gave second-ranked North Carolina a 2-0 victory over No. 3 Virginia in the ACC women's championship game.
The victory cemented the Tar Heels' reign over the conference as they have never lost to an ACC opponent in their 12-year existence.
North Carolina (17-1-1) has won four straight NCAA titles and is expected to receive a first-round bye for this year's national tournament, which begins Saturday.
North Carolina has won 14 straight from Virginia, including a game eight days ago that decided the seedings for this tournament.
"It was probably one of our best games, given the level of our opponents," Virginia Coach Lauren Gregg said.
The first half saw the Cavaliers control the Tar Heels and outshoot them, 6-3. The Cavaliers (18-2) couldn't convert several scoring opportunities, including a left-footed shot by Amanda Cromwell that was pushed just wide by Tar Heels goalie Merridee Proost.
The Tar Heels' first corner kick of the second half produced Hamm's goal. "Luck. . . . All I'm trying to do is get it in the vicinity of the box," Hamm said. "There's nothing else to say about it." Hamm's kick hooked into the goal untouched.
The corner kick proved to be the Cavaliers' undoing as it was in last week's game between the teams. In that game, the Tar Heels scored two of three goals off corner kicks. The Tar Heels' second goal yesterday also came on a corner kick.
Hamm crossed the ball into the penalty area and Coley headed in the insurance goal from five yards. "I think they're pretty lucky to score those goals," Gregg said.
Virginia, Clemson Tie
Before 6,339 in Clemson, S.C., John Hammontree scored with 2:50 left in regulation to earn the No. 2 Tigers (19-2-1) a 1-1 tie with the No. 8 Cavaliers (9-4-5).
Towson State 2, Howard 1: In Towson, Md., Joe Layfield scored in overtime, giving the Tigers (11-5-1) the victory in the title game of their invitational.
Radford 2, Maryland 1: In College Park, Dante Washington, the nation's leading scorer, scored twice in a 5 1/2-minute span of the second half as the Highlanders (14-6) stunned the Terrapins (10-7-1).