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USA, UNC Win Championships

First-half goals by Sydney Leroux (UCLA) and Alex Morgan (Cal) lifted the United States to a 2-1 victory over North Korea in the Under-20 Women's World Cup final today in Santiago, Chile. The Koreans scored in second-half added time.

Meantime in Cary, N.C., North Carolina overcame a deficit 16 seconds into the NCAA championship match to defeat Notre Dame, 2-1, for its 19th title in 27 years. Casey Nogueira scored the equalizer early in the second half and the winner with about two minutes remaining.

By Steve Goff  |  December 7, 2008; 6:39 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , Women  
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A huge congratulations to our U-20 ladies for their glory. Sad thing is nobody knows or cares except few of us. No one gives a s... when someone winning a special recognition by fighting against other nations' top football players. In the mean time, we are constantly bombarded with dumb news from local tv stations about the throw ball, including high schools and baseketball and others a like that do not mean much to the rest of the world except in some dark old age corner.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | December 7, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Very nice victory with an opportunistic goal and a wonderful, powerful goal. USA seemed unable to kill off the game properly in the 2nd half - lots of booting the ball up into open space vs. maintaining possession and hanging out with the ball away from danger...

Posted by: 22206no1 | December 7, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

The U20 game was fantastic. Really impressive effort by these young women and how great is it to see Tony DiCicco at the helm of another women' world cup.

Also saw much of the NCAA final which was not as good. Glad to see UNC pull it out at the end. They deserved to win. Also, I think that the ACC is so strong with UNC, Duke, Wake and UVA and am happy they won another championship.

Posted by: Beckster1 | December 7, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

The better teams won. Congratulations to the Tarheels and Team USA.

Posted by: sitruc | December 7, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Alex Morgan's goal, and what she bulled through to set it up, was super.

You Tube it, someone, please.

Posted by: seahawkdad | December 7, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Awesome run and goal by Alex Morgan with the game winner. After the first goal the USA took posession of the game until some obviously tired defending at the end resulted in the extra time goal against. The North Koreans had no answer but to basically take long range shots. I was impressed by the positioning of the defenders and high work rate of the midfield. Fantastic rewsult. Quite a difference in quality between the NCAA final and the U20 final.

Posted by: sbg1 | December 7, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

My props to the US ladies seem lonely on the last thread so I'll say it again here!
Morgan's speed and power were justly rewarded. Nice to see some of the future out there. No offense to some of the ancients on the senior team...:-) Beautiful field and stadium was nice on the eyes as well.
These Redskins sure are making the wait till next MLS season rough aren't they?...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 7, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the U-20 team!

Posted by: adam131 | December 7, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

anyone else notice that Alex Morgan and a few of the other ladies are rather nice on the eyes???

Posted by: targetmedia | December 7, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Are you honestly shocked that this wouldn't be covered by Major News Media? Women's Soccer is simply not even a Minor concern for 99%+ of the population.

Posted by: alecw81 | December 8, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Our full national teams get very little mainstream press coverage unless its the World Cup or Olympics. The youth national teams are thus going to get virtually nil.

Posted by: Ron16 | December 8, 2008 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Two issues:
1) If you can't respect the women's game, stay the hell out of the threads concerning it.
2) For the love of not becoming a total wanker, reserve the use of the word *nil* to scorelines... It's bad enough as it is.
It may sound weird saying zero or nothing, but it sure beats sounding like a stuck up soccer snob...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 8, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

There was at least one local angle. Georgetown's Ingrid Wells redshirted this season in order to focus on this competition, as did a handful of other collegians. The majority did not, staying with their varsity teams just long enough to miss NCAA postseason action. This invites speculation as to what might have happened down in Cary this past weekend if, say, Sydney Leroux were still in the UCLA lineup. (This is the only time so far that FIFA has scheduled the U20 championship at this time of year, so this situation should not arise again anytime soon.)

Posted by: universityandpark | December 8, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

* Another local angle, Christine Nairn of the U-20s is a MD player, she was awesome in MF. If speculating on "might have been" in the NCAAs, Penn State had two starters on the U20s . . .

* As for the seniors, I'm thinking Lilly might want to get a neck tattoo if she wants to hang with this group . . .

* Officiating in NCAA game was awful, mostly to ND's detriment. Play was a little ragged, I wonder how much was due to 2d game in 3 days. Noguiera's goals were top notch all the way. UNC subbed more freely, it's scary to think they are that deep and still had two players with the U-20s.

* North Korea seems to have many technically gifted players at all levels. I'm not sure I want to know about their training methods, though . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | December 8, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: OWNTF | December 8, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

* North Korea seems to have many technically gifted players at all levels. I'm not sure I want to know about their training methods, though . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | December 8, 2008 10:14 AM

I think the haircuts are a psrt of the training.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 8, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

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