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Soccer: Utahn Kealia Ohai scores as North Carolina women win soccer title

Published December 2, 2012 11:52 pm

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San Diego • Former Alta High star Kealia Ohai scored in the second minute of play, helping North Carolina beat Penn State 4-1 on Saturday for its 21st NCAA women's soccer championship.

North Carolina took a 1-0 lead as Ohai rifled a shot off her left foot from just outside the top of the box 18 yards out into the upper right hand corner of the net.

The Tar Heels (15-5-3), who were making their 26th appearance in the final four College Cup, scored three second-half goals to win the title for the first time since 2009.

Penn State, which was playing in its first women's soccer championship game, finished its season at 21-4-2.

With the game tied 1-1, North Carolina's Hanna Gardner scored 48 seconds into the second half when she converted Katie Bowen's corner kick with a header past Penn State goalkeeper Erin McNulty. It was Gardner's second goal of the season.

Satara Murray, who had set up Ohai's goal, made it a 3-1 game in the 64th minute when she put home a rebound of a shot by Kelly McFarlane. It was her first goal of the season.

A little over 10 minutes later North Carolina's Crystal Dunn set up Ranee Premji on a pass from the end line on the left wing and Premji made a one-touch volley and it was 4-1.