North Carolina and Georgetown played more than 107 minutes before the Tar Heels won, 1-0, on senior defender Julia Ashley's golden goal.
The goal was a brilliant counterattacking move that began when U.S. international Emily Fox gathered the ball on the UNC end line and
fed Ashley, who was off to the races. She played a one-two with freshman midfielder Brianna Pinto before feeding the ball to another freshman, Rachael Dorwart, who returned the ball to Ashley, now just inside penalty area. Her shot gave reserve Georgetown goalkeeper Lauren Gallagher no chance.
Both teams had their chances in regulation, none bigger than when Taylor Otto’s penalty kick was saved by Gallagher, playing only her third collegiate match. Only minutes earlier, the Hoyas lost All-American goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman, who was injured trying to prevent a ball to go out for a corner kick and had to be replaced by Gallagher.
It was all Carolina in overtime. The Tar Heels looked like they were going to win in the 102nd minute, but Madison Schultz had her shot cleared off the line by Georgetown’s Meaghan Nally.
"I couldn't be any prouder of these kids," said Hoyas coach Dave Nolan. "I thought they put in a great effort tonight. Carolina asked a lot of us out there. We had to deal with a lot of adversity when Arielle went down, but we knew what we needed to do and Lauren stepped up and made a great save in the penalty kick and handled the game the rest of the way like a veteran."
Carolina is now 25-3 in College Cup semifinals and will be playing for its 22nd NCAA championship on Sunday.
Next up: The UNC-FSU match will be the third meeting between the two teams in 2018. UNC won, 1-0, in Tallahassee in September. The Seminoles defeated the Tar Heels, 3-2, in the ACC Tournament final on the same Sahlen’s Stadium field where they will meet on Sunday.
Nov. 30 in Cary, N.C.
North Carolina 1 Georgetown 0. Goal: Ashley (Dorwart) 108.
North Carolina -- Leshnak, Fox, Ashley, Wubben-Moy, Bingham, Otto, Pinto, Bailey, Schultz, Andrzejewski, Kimball. Subs: Spruill, Mucherera, Kingman, Dorwart, Jones, Goff, Redei.
Georgetown -- Schechtman, Royson, Nally, Staudt, Livingstone, Trissel, Germino-Watnick, Nguyen, Nizialek, Farrell, Carusa. Subs: Gallagher, Carolan, Menta, Jackson.