Casey Nogueira should be a senior in high school right now. Instead she played a crucial role in North Carolina’s 18th NCAA soccer championship.
Nogueira, who graduated from high school a year early to join the storied North Carolina program this fall, had a goal and an assist Sunday to lead the Tar Heels past Notre Dame 2-1 in the Women’s College Cup title game.
This was North Carolina’s 18th championship in the 25-year history of the Women’s College Cup. It was the fourth time the Tar Heels have beaten the Irish (25-1-1) in the title game.
Nick Perera had a goal and an assist and unseeded UC-Santa Barbara beat UCLA 2-1 Sunday to win its first national title.
The UC-Santa Barbara victory came less than a day after it played 110 scoreless minutes in its semifinal victory over Wake Forest. The Gauchos won 4-3 in penalty kicks to advance to the title game.
Admitting he was downright scared, Marat Safin composed himself and won the Davis Cup title for Russia.
The two-time Grand Slam champion had 16 aces in beating Jose Acasuso 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) on Sunday in the fifth and deciding match, giving Russia a 3-2 decision over Argentina for its second Davis Cup crown.
Austria’s Renate Goetschl won the first super-G of the World Cup season Sunday, with Lindsey Kildow the runner-up in yet another strong finish.
Kildow had dominated the two downhills, winning Saturday and placing second Friday behind Germany’s Maria Riesch.
In the super-G, Goetschl won in 1 minute, 20.86 seconds and was followed by Kildow of the U.S. in 1:21.73. Kelly VanderBeek was third in 1:21.77, becoming the first Canadian woman to reach the Lake Louise podium since racing began there in 1989.
It was the 39th victory of Goetschl’s career. On Saturday, she took second in the downhill.
Sweden’s Andre Myhrer won a slalom for his first World Cup victory Sunday, preserving his lead on a chopped-up Birds of Prey course during the second run.
Myhrer was followed by Canada’s Michael Janyk and Germany’s Felix Neureuther on a day when U.S. skiers did not deliver before home fans.
Bode Miller, who on Friday won a World Cup downhill for the first time in two years, left the course 37 seconds into his opening run.