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COLLEGE: Tar Heels win the title

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

  • MEN

Division I

Final (Sunday at Hoover, Ala)

North Carolina 1 (Speas 65), Charlotte 0

2011 COLLEGE CHAMPIONS

  • NCAA

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.

  • NAIA

MEN

Division I: Lindsey Wilson, Ky.

WOMEN

Division I: Lee, Tenn.

  • NCCAA

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.

  • NIRSA

CLUB SPORTS

MEN

Championship: Weber State

Open: UC San Diego

WOMEN

Championship: UC Santa Barbara

Open: Missouri

  • JUNIOR COLLEGE

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.

  • CANADA

MEN

CIS: Victoria, B.C.

CCAA: NAIT, Alberta

WOMEN

CIS: Queens, Ontario

CCAA: Francois-Xavier-Garneau, Quebec