Dec. 6, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
Final score: UNC 1, Stanford 0
Casey Nogueira gets off a strong shot that is deflected wide of the goal for North Carolina.
Stanford's just trying to create something, an attempt made more difficult by North Carolina dropping an extra player in defense.
A corner kick for Stanford in the final minute. Nothing.
Second half (73rd minute): UNC 1, Stanford 0
The Tar Heels set up another corner kick on a counterattack. This one, taken by Alyssa Rich, goes clear across the goal mouth without being touched.
O'Hara, pressuring on the offensive end, is issued a second yellow card on a tackle from behind on North Carolina's Whitney Engen. O'Hara is ejected from the match at 72:17.
Second half (68th minute): UNC 1, Stanford 0
Stanford has begun to threaten. A long bending shot by Christen Press was just high in the 58th minute. A couple of minutes earlier, Courtney Verloo drew a foul, and a yellow card against North Carolina's Meghan Klingenberg just outside the right corner of the penalty area.
However, the Cardinal could not get off a good shot.
The rain appears to have stopped. Stanford is starting to play its game.
A long shot by North Carolina's Casey Nogueira was high.
UNC gets another corner kick, in the 64th minute. Stanford's Mariah Nogueira blocks its path.
Second half (55th minute): UNC 1, Stanford 0
Stanford was outshot 10-2 in the first half. The number of shots was the lowest for Stanford in any half this season. The previous low was four in the first half at Washington on Oct. 25.
A first half stat reported in the press box was that Stanford had 38 percent of the first-half possession, to North Carolina's 62 percent.
In the 53rd minute, O'Hara turned on a shot at the edge of the box, but her right-footed try was just high and wide.
Halftime: UNC 1, Stanford 0
Stanford appeared to score in the 39th minute when Christen Press sent in a pass from the left that Courtney Verloo reached for with her right foot in the six-yard box to touch it in, but the Cardinal was ruled offside.
Stanford gives up another UNC corner kick, this one in the 44th minute. Ali Hawkins rose up at the far post with a clean header, but the shot was saved by goalkeeper Kira Maker, knocking it aside. Two more corners followed, but caused no damage.
First half (30th minute): UNC 1, Stanford 0
Another corner kick for North Carolina, and Jessica McDonald's header is wide.
First half (23rd minute): UNC 1, Stanford 0
The ball is really skidding on the short wet grass. The rain is coming down harder.
Stanford gets its first shot, a long-range effort from Teresa Noyola, but the Cardinal did create some space in front of the box.
UNC star Casey Nogueira drew a foul just short of 30 yards in front of the box. Her free kick deflected off the Stanford wall, creating a corner kick. The ensuing kick was headed just wide by Amber Brooks.
First half (15th minute): UNC 1, Stanford 0
UNC's Courtney Jones just misses with another good chance, shortly after the goal.
Stanford clears out of bounds, giving up a corner kick, but it's cleared out of danger by Christen Press. UNC has kept nearly all of the possession after the first 10 minutes.
Stanford is starting to settle down and string some passes together from the back, creating its possession style.
First half (4th minute): UNC 1, Stanford 0
A little sloppy to start out from Stanford. An early offsides call goes against the Cardinal, when Christen Press was a split second late sending a through ball .
Stanford gives the ball up in succession in its own end, with UNC's Casey Nogueira slipping a right-footed pass from the left side to Jessica McDonald behind the defense for a first-time goal within the 6-yard box.
Pregame: Stanford (25-0) vs. North Carolina (22-3-1)
No. 1 Stanford, playing in its first NCAA final takes on 19-time national champion North Carolina, the defending champ.
This is the matchup that Stanford has anticipated all season, believing that any national championship quest would have to go through the Tar Heels.
Stanford is winless in nine matches (0-7-2) in the series, but tied the Tar Heels last season in their most recent meeting. Stanford's Kelley O'Hara scored on a breakaway in the 87th minute of a 1-1 draw at home.
The temperature at gametime is 47 degrees, with a light rain and winds coming from the east at 5 mph.