Aug. 27, 2010

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Teresa Noyola gave No. 2 Stanford a second-half lead, but No. 1 North Carolina rallied for a 2-2 double-overtime draw Friday in a rematch of last year's NCAA women's soccer final.

Noyola's header, off assists from Camille Levin and freshman Sydney Payne, evaded the outstretched glove of Tar Heels' goalkeeper Anna Sieloff in the 60th minute to give Stanford its second lead of the match. But UNC's Amber Brooks answered in the 71st minute by ripping a left-footed shot just inside the right post.

Two 10-minute overtime periods failed to decide the match, and the final statistics failed to decide much either - the teams had the same number of shots (11), corner kicks (4) and even fouls (8).

Christen Press gave Stanford (1-0-2) the initial lead with a curving shot in the 32nd minute off an assist from Courtney Verloo. It was Press' second goal of the season and allowed her to pass Erin Martin (1993-96) and into fourth on the school's all-time scoring list, with 127 points (47 goals, 33 assists).

North Carolina (2-0-1) equalized, 1-1, in the 51st minute when Kealia Ohai converted a rebound inside the far post.

Stanford was unable to earn its first victory over North Carolina, falling to 0-8-3 in a series that began in 1989. But the Cardinal did achieve something substantial: The goal by Press marked the first time Stanford ever led in the history of the series, which began in 1989.

Stanford completes its season-opening 12-day, four-match trip with its second match at the Carolina Nike Classic, against No. 25 Duke (2-0) at 8 a.m. PT.

Stanford opens its home season Sept. 10, against Georgia at 7 p.m. as part of the Stanford Nike Invitational at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.