North Carolina looked sluggish for much of the first half of the match but a Ben Speas goal from 25 yards out with 26 minutes to play was all that was needed. And the Tar Heels won their second Men's Soccer National Championship, defeating Charlotte 1-0.
Charlotte was the aggressor for most of the match, particularly early in the second half. The 49ers missed some golden opportunities but could not convert. It was a match in which the referee's let them play as there were a couple of no calls on both sides, one in which would have been a penalty kick for Charlotte in the second half but the officials were consistent.
Trailing by a goal, Charlotte attacked hard down the stretch. Carolina's Jordan Gafa saved a goal with a header after a Niner corner kick, just under the 7 minute mark.
Close to the 4 minute mark, Charlotte sent a barrage of shots at Goaltender, Scott Goodwin who made save after save and was helped with a shot off the cross bar.
The Tar Heels had difficulty clearing the ball from their end down the stretch and Charlotte fought all the way to the end. Isaac Cowles missed a header at the 1:35 mark. The Niners out shot the Tar Heels 19-10 and with the exception of the Speas goal, dominated play. But North Carolina found a way to win.
It is the second National Championship by the Tar Heel Men's Soccer program. The first coming in 2001. Coach Carlos Somoano is only the second first year coach in NCAA history to lead his team to a National Championship. North Carolina finishes the season at 21-2-3.
You can welcome back the Tar Heels at Finley Fields at 9:30a.m.
Check back for more details of this 38th NCAA National Championship by the University of North Carolina.
(Photo courtesy of Dave Martin / AP)