Tar Heels fall short in bid for women’s soccer national title

Dallas Dorosy's goal in the 60th minute leads Florida State to a 1-0 win against UNC in the final of the College Cup in Cary

Florida State celebrates its victory over North Carolina in an NCAA women's soccer championship game Sunday (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

CARY (AP) — Dallas Dorosy earned the nickname “Miss November” for her heroics in helping Florida State win the ACC women’s soccer tournament and advance to the NCAA national championship game.

Sunday at WakeMed Soccer park, Miss November got the job done in December, too.

Dorosy scored in the 60th minute to help the Seminoles beat North Carolina 1-0 for the Women’s College Cup championship.

The Seminoles (20-4-3) won the NCAA title for the second time. They also won it all in 2014.

Dorosy uncorked the winning shot as she slid to the ground in front of UNC defender Lotte Wubben-Moy, beating Samantha Leshnak to the near post. Dorosy one-timed a feed from Deyna Castellanos, who crossed the ball along the ground from just outside the penalty area on the right side.

Caroline Jeffers made two saves in Florida State’s 16th shutout of the season. She dived on a dangerous loose ball in the 85th minute to preserve the lead.

UNC (21-4-2), a 21-time NCAA champion, was shut out for the second time all season.

The Seminoles finished the year with a nine-match unbeaten streak after a 1-0 loss at Miami on Oct. 25. They recorded their 10th win all time against UNC, more than any other school against the Tar Heels.

The final was the third meeting this season between the ACC rivals. UNC won 1-0 at Florida State on Sept. 14, and the Seminoles beat the Tar Heels 3-2 in the ACC Tournament final on Nov. 4.

Florida State completed an impressive run to the national title. In their last four games, the Seminoles eliminated the last three NCAA champions (Stanford, Penn State and Southern California) and the most accomplished program in the sport.

The Tar Heels were in the Final Four for the 28th time in the 37-year history of the tournament. They have now gone six years since their most recent NCAA title in 2012. Before this stretch, they had never gone more than two years in a row without the crown.