Cindy Parlow and Robin Confer scored goa
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Cindy Parlow and Robin Confer scored goals to beat Connecticut 2-0 Sunday and lead North Carolina to its 14th NCAA women’s soccer title in the 16 years they’ve been contested.
The Tar Heels wrapped up an undefeated 27-0-1 season in style by peppering Connecticut goalkeeper Heather Stone with 20 shots and allowing only five shots on Tar Heels goalie Siri Mullinix. The shutout was the 22nd of the season for North Carolina, tying a school record for most in a season.
Parlow scored in the 21st minute, slamming home a shot to the top corner of the Huskies’ goal after collecting a flicked pass from Raven McDonald.
Confer, who scored in the 88th minute, was named the most valuable offensive player of the NCAA tournament. She also scored the deciding goal in North Carolina’s 2-1 semifinal victory Friday over Santa Clara.
Confer scored with a 25-yard blast after collecting a pass from Nel Fettig and dribbling to the right of center to beat defender Carey Dorn.
Stone finished with eight saves for Connecticut (23-4). Mullinix was credited with three saves. Mullinix was named the tournament’s most valuable defensive player.
The game marked the third time the Tar Heels and Huskies have met for the NCAA championship. North Carolina won 2-0 in 1984 and 6-0 in 1990.
North Carolina is now 52-2 overall in NCAA tournament games.