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Nogueira comes into her own, leads UNC in title game

Updated: December 8, 2008, 5:59 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

CARY, N.C. -- The wind that whipped through WakeMed Soccer Park during Sunday afternoon's national championship match brought a chill worthy of December and sent even well-struck balls fluttering off course like wayward knuckleballs.

But with a pair of memorable second-half goals into the teeth of the gale, Casey Nogueira provided North Carolina cover from the winds of change for at least another season.

"The two goals she struck today were world-class finishes," North Carolina coach ...

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