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Sunday, December 11, 2011
COLLEGE: Tar Heels win the title

By Scott French

No. 3 North Carolina followed its semifinal victory Friday night over UCLA with a dramatic triumph in the NCAA men's soccer final Sunday against No. 14 Charlotte.

Ben Speas, who transferred to UNC after winning an NCAA crown last year with Akron, scored on a stunning, looping 25-yard shot midway through the second half, and the top-seeded Tar Heels (21-2-3) held off a late onslaught for a 1-0 victory over the 49ers (16-5-4).

It's Carolina's second men's soccer title, to go with one won 10 years ago, and came in the program's fourth straight College Cup final-four appearance.

Speas tallied in the 65th minute, with a weaving run from the right against five defenders. He retreated as he dribbled above the box, then lofted a left-footed shot that cleared Charlotte goalkeeper Klay Davis, standing a few yards off his line.

No. 4 UCLA made its 13th men's soccer final-four appearance and first since losing in the 2006 title game to UC Santa Barbara. The Bruins won championships in 1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002.

NCAA TOURNAMENTS


Division I
Final (Sunday at Hoover, Ala)

North Carolina 1 (Speas 65), Charlotte 0

2011 COLLEGE CHAMPIONS


MEN
Division I:
North Carolina
Division II: Fort Lewis, Colo.
Division III: Ohio Wesleyan

WOMEN
Division I:
Stanford
Division II: St. Rose, N.Y.
Division III: Messiah, Pa. MEN
Division I:
Lindsey Wilson, Ky.

WOMEN
Division I:
Lee, Tenn. NATIONAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
MEN
Division I:
Cal Baptist
Division II: Moody Bible, Ill.

WOMEN
Division I:
Cal Baptist
Division II: Baptist Bible, Pa. CLUB SPORTS
MEN
Championship:
Weber State
Open: UC San Diego

WOMEN
Championship:
UC Santa Barbara
Open: Missouri MEN
California:
Mt. San Antonio (Walnut)
NJCAA Division I: Cloud County, Kan.
NJCAA Division III: Herkimer County, N.Y.

WOMEN
California:
Santa Rosa JC
NJCAA Division I: Tyler, Texas
NJCAA Division III: Montgomery College-Rockville, Md. MEN
CIS:
Victoria, B.C.
CCAA: NAIT, Alberta

WOMEN
CIS:
Queens, Ontario
CCAA: Francois-Xavier-Garneau, Quebec