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NCAA.com | January 3, 2020

Women's soccer teams with the most NCAA DI national championships

Stanford defeats North Carolina 5-4 in penalty kicks for the 2019 title

The first women's soccer national championship was awarded to North Carolina 36 years ago, in 1982, for its 2-0 win over Central Florida. 

Since that inaugural NCAA DI women's soccer national championship, 11 teams have finished the season at the top of the sport. The 2019 season came to an end with Stanford moving into a second-place tie with its third national championship in school history and its second in the past three years. 

2019 RECAP: Stanford downs North Carolina in double-overtime for third title

Let's take a look at the six teams that have won at least two titles.

Women's college soccer history: Programs with the most national championships

1. North Carolina — 21

Jamie Schwaberow | NCAA Photos UNC's Reilly Parker celebrates the Tar Heels 4-1 victory over Penn State University during the 2012 Division I Women's Soccer Championship. UNC's Reilly Parker celebrates the Tar Heels 4-1 victory over Penn State University during the 2012 Division I Women's Soccer Championship.

Championships: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012

There is no questioning the fact that North Carolina has been absolutely dominant in women's soccer. The Tar Heels haven't notched a national championship win since 2012, but have been national runners-up the past two seasons, making their presence felt in the championship match. They have 21 overall. That's over 50 percent of all DI NCAA women's soccer national championships ever played. North Carolina's 1992 national championship was the highest-scoring title game in the history of the sport, ending in a 9-1 victory over Duke. 

2 (tie). Stanford — 3

NCAA Photos Stanford celebrating after their 2017 national championship win. Stanford celebrating after their 2017 national championship win.

Championships: 2011, 2017, 2019

Both Stanford's women's and men's soccer teams won national championships in the 2017 season. The Cardinal had an almost perfect season, finishing at 23-1-0 with their 3-1 victory over UCLA. The Cardinal had another monster season just two years later, finishing 24-1-0 and defeating the winningest team in women's soccer championship history (North Carolina) for its third title. Stanford's other national championship came in 2011 with another almost perfect final record (25-0-1) with a 1-0 win over Duke.

2 (tie). Notre Dame — 3

Jeffrey Camarati | NCAA Photos Notre Dame's Lauren Fowlkes holds the National Championship trophy following the team's 1-0 victory over Stanford in 2010. Notre Dame's Lauren Fowlkes holds the National Championship trophy following the team's 1-0 victory over Stanford in 2010.

Championships: 1995, 2004, 2010

All three of Notre Dame's women's soccer national championships are pretty spread out. The Fighting Irish's 2010 victory was a seemingly simple 1-0 final over Stanford. The other two weren't so easy. During the 1995 championship, Notre Dame went into three overtime periods before beating out Portland 1-0 for the title. In the 2004 game, the Fighting Irish went into double overtime with UCLA, finally winning 1-1 on penalty kicks.

HISTORY: Women's soccer teams with the most consecutive home wins 

6 (tie). Florida State — 2

NCAA Photos Florida State women's soccer beat UNC for the 2018 championship.

Championships: 2014, 2018

After coming close twice in in 2007 and 2013 as national runners-up, the Seminoles finally captured their elusive national title in 2014. A mere four years later, they captured No. 2, taking down North Carolina — our winningest team on the list — 1-0 in the Women's College Cup.

6 (tie). Southern California — 2

NCAA Photos USC's Katie Johnson is doused with powerade after defeating West Virginia 3-1 during the 2016 national championship. USC's Katie Johnson is doused with powerade after defeating West Virginia 3-1 during the 2016 national championship.

Championships: 2007, 2016

After winning their first national championship in 2007, the Trojans would wait nine years to relive that glory. The second national championship came in 2016 with a 3-1 win over West Virginia. The first goal was scored in the second minute of the game, with two more following in the second half.

6 (tie). Portland — 2

Portland Athletics Portland won the 2005 national championship. Portland celebrating their win after the 2005 National Championship.

Championships: 2002, 2005

Portland is the third women's soccer program tied for two national championships. Their 2002 championship took two extra time periods to win, but the Pilots came out with a 2-1 victory over Santa Clara. In 2005, UCLA fell to Portland 4-0 in the title game. 

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Women's college soccer: Complete history of the championship match

Here's the complete list of women's college soccer national champions:

YEAR TEAM (RECORD) SCORE RUNNER-UP SITE
2019 Stanford (24-1-0) 0-0 (2ot, PK) North Carolina San Jose, Calif.
2018 Florida State (20-4-3) 1-0 North Carolina Cary, N.C.
2017 Stanford (23-1-0) 3-2 UCLA Orlando, Fla.
2016 Southern California (19-4-2) 3-1 West Virginia San Jose, Calif.
2015 Penn State (22-3-2) 1-0 Duke Cary, N.C.
2014 Florida State (23-1-1) 1-0 Virginia Boca Raton, Fla.
2013 UCLA (22-1-3) 1-0 (OT) Florida State Cary, N.C.
2012 North Carolina (15-5-3) 4-1 Penn State San Diego, Calif.
2011 Stanford (25-0-1) 1-0 Duke Kennesaw, Ga.
2010 Notre Dame (21-2-2) 1-0 Stanford Cary, N.C.
2009 North Carolina (23-3-1) 1-0 Stanford Texas A&M
2008 North Carolina (25-1-2) 2-1 Notre Dame Cary, N.C.
2007 Southern California (20-3-2) 2-0 Florida State Texas A&M
2006 North Carolina (27-1) 2-1 Notre Dame Cary, N.C.
2005 Portland (23-0-2) 4-0 UCLA Texas A&M
2004 *Notre Dame (25-1-1) 1-1 (2 ot, pk) UCLA Cary, N.C.
2003 North Carolina (27-0) 6-0 Connecticut Cary, N.C.
2002 Portland (20-4-2) 2-1 (2 ot) Santa Clara Austin, Texas
2001 Santa Clara (23-2) 1-0 North Carolina SMU
2000 North Carolina (21-3) 2-1 UCLA San Jose State
1999 North Carolina (24-2) 2-0 Notre Dame San Jose State
1998 Florida (26-1) 1-0 North Carolina UNC Greensboro
1997 North Carolina (27-0-1) 2-0 Connecticut UNC Greensboro
1996 North Carolina (25-1) 1-0 (2 ot) Notre Dame Santa Clara
1995 Notre Dame (21-2-2) 1-0 (3 ot) Portland North Carolina
1994 North Carolina (25-1-1) 5-0 Notre Dame Portland
1993 North Carolina (23-0) 6-0 George Mason North Carolina
1992 North Carolina (25-0) 9-1 Duke North Carolina
1991 North Carolina (25-0) 3-1 Wisconsin North Carolina
1990 North Carolina (24-0) 6-0 Connecticut North Carolina
1989 North Carolina (24-0-1) 2-0 Colorado College North Carolina State
1988 North Carolina (18-0-3) 4-1 North Carolina State North Carolina
1987 North Carolina (23-0-1 1-0 Massachusetts Massachusetts
1986 North Carolina (24-0-1) 2-0 Colorado College George Mason
1985 George Mason (18-2-1) 2-0 North Carolina George Mason
1984 North Carolina (24-0-1) 2-0 Connecticut North Carolina
1983 North Carolina (19-1) 4-0 George Mason UCF
1982 North Carolina (19-2) 2-0 UCF UCF

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