North Carolina Wins Soccer Title
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ North Carolina beat Indiana 2-0 Sunday to win its first NCAA men’s soccer championship on goals by Ryan Kneipper and John Swann.
Five-time champion Indiana entered the tournament having given up just six goals all season. St. John’s was the only other team to score two goals on the Hoosiers
The Tar Heels avenged last year’s 1-0 quarterfinal loss to Indiana.
Kneipper scored on a header in the 12th minute and Swann made a penalty kick in the 75th as the Tar Heels raised their record to 21-4. Indiana ended the year at 18-4-1.
Kneipper beat defender John Swann and goalkeeper Colin Rogers to a long cross from Matt Crawford and headed a shot from six yards out just inside the right post.
Swann made it 2-0 with a penalty kick into the top left of the net just past Rogers’ fingertips. Indiana was awarded the penalty kick after Josh Rife pulled down Marcus Storey in the box.
Indiana pressed forward in the second half, trying to find an opening in the Tar Heels’ defense. But the Hoosier were knocked off the ball when they got close to the penalty box.
Indiana wanted a penalty called after Vijay Dias was taken down inside the box by David Stokes in the 52nd minute, but the referee allowed play to continue.
Indiana’s best scoring chance came just before halftime when Pat Noonan dribbled past the Hoosiers defense. His 12-yard shot was blocked by the leg of goalkeeper Michael Ueltschey. Ueltschey had 14 shutouts this year and 30 in his career.
North Carolina outshot Indiana 9-6 for the game and 7-1 in the second half.