Nov. 7, 2009

CARY, N.C. - It took nearly 103 minutes, but third-seeded North Carolina outlasted second-seeded Boston College, 1-0 in double overtime Friday night, to advance to the ACC Women's Soccer Championship Game for the 22nd time.

The fourth-ranked Tar Heels (16-3-1) secured the victory when a cross by forward Casey Nogueira deflected off Eagle defender Alyssa Pember for an own goal 2:14 into the second overtime period.

UNC outshot No. 6 Boston College, 22-5, including a 4-0 advantage after regulation. BC goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni, however, showed the skills that earned her first-team All-ACC honors as she recorded a career-high 11 saves, including four in overtime, to keep the Eagles (15-3-2) in the game.

"I'm certainly very proud of my kids, proud of the fact that they were dying to win it in overtime, and obviously we did," said North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance. "Tonight we played very well and I think we're within an eyelash of breaking open some of these games. With the exception of just putting it in the back of the net, we created so many chances."

"I think it was two great teams out there, two teams that always battle and always leave everything out on the field," said Boston College coach Alison Kulik. "As the game went on I was really impressed with the way I thought we got better, given the fact that our last two matches were double overtime games. I was really proud of our ability to endure and continue to play really good soccer."

North Carolina, which improved to 56-0-3 in ACC Championship play, will face top seed Florida State in Sunday's 2 p.m. championship game at WakeMed Soccer Park. The Tar Heels have played in the final match of every ACC Championship and have won 19 of the previous 21.

The loss snapped an eight-game unbeaten streak for Boston College, which will await Monday night's NCAA Tournament selection show to find out when and where it will next play. The Eagles have advanced to six consecutive NCAA Tournaments dating to 2003.

"It is an unfortunate way to lose in the second overtime and on your own goal," Kulik said. "But I think leaving the ACC Tournament playing two really good teams, Virginia and UNC, certainly prepares you for the NCAA."