North Carolina held off USC, 3-2, on Friday evening to advance to the College Cup for the 29th time in the 38-year history of the NCAA Division I Women's Tournament.
The Trojans did not make it easy for the Tar Heels, who had allowed a goal at
their new home, Dorrance Field, since it opened until Penelope Hocking broke clear in the 17th minute to open the scoring with her 18th goal of the season.
Carolina equalized in
the 39th minute when Emily Fox took off from midfield and evaded five players before finishing from about 15 yards out. Another great goal from Brianna Pinto on a header put UNC ahead
in the 55th minute.
But seven minutes later, Hocking's shot was parried by Carolina keeper Claudia Dickey off the crossbar to Jalen Woodward, who redirected it to
Natalie Jacobs, who finished from close range to even the score.
Carolina retook the lead for good in the 69th minute when Macie Bell scored on a header off Lotte
Wubben-Moy's free kick.
All three UNC goalscorers -- Fox, Pinto and Bell -- are headed to the U.S. national team's ID camp in Florida after the College Cup.