North Carolina

Tar Heels return home after national championship win

Posted December 12, 2011

— For the University of North Carolina seniors, Monday was a long-awaited championship homecoming.

“It feels good, really good. This is what we set out to do,” said senior midfielder Kirk Urso. “Everything we set out to do this year we accomplished. It’s been an amazing year and something I’ll always remember.”

Kirk Urso Urso: This is what we sought out to do

After three consecutive unsuccessful trips to the College Cup, the Tar Heels men’s soccer team earned their trophy Sunday. They returned to Chapel Hill Monday to a fan’s welcoming as the 2011 national champions.

“It was very emotional, the whole thing starting in February,” said head coach Carlos Somoano. “It’s incredible. It’s satisfying. It’s a feeling of content that what we set out to do we accomplished.”

Somoano: It's been an emotional, long road Somoano: It's been an emotional, long road

For one Tar Heel, Sunday’s win pins a unique bit of history to college athletics. Ben Speas won a national championship last season with Akron and then transferred to UNC this year. With roughly 20 minutes left, it was Speas who lofted home the game-winning goal for another NCAA title – his second in as many years with two different universities.

“We weren’t quite sure that was going to be the game winner yet,” Speas said. “I was just trying to get a shot off, I hadn’t had a shot in the game which is pretty unusual for me … I just had a shot. It dipped over the keeper and went in.”

Speas: I was just trying to get a shot off Speas: I was just trying to get a shot off

But it took a pair of defensive plays to seal the win over Charlotte - most notably a game-saving header by Jordan Gafa. The play was forecasted earlier in the season to goalie Scott Goodwin.

“That was amazing,” Goodwin said. “He told me the very first day of the season that if that kind of thing ever happened that he would have my back and right at the last game of the season he did.”

Goodwin: It's surreal, hasn't sunk in yet Goodwin: It's surreal, hasn't sunk in yet

Goodwin then fended off a flurry of Charlotte shots to preserve Carolina’s second men’s soccer championship in a decade.



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  • Tarheel born Dec 13, 2011

    And by the way troll903....THE University of National Champions is listed 8th all time in NC's with 38. Duke and State no where to be found.....

  • Tarheel born Dec 13, 2011

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    Just another troll - actually the same old one...nothing intelligent to say and had to change his name for so many abuse complaints....why don't you return to the halfway house you obsconded from and get back on your meds...

  • howmanyisthatroy909andkounting Dec 13, 2011

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    wittle markie,Isee you don't have many BRAIN CELLS LEFT!!!!!!I WARNED YOU ABOUT ALL THOSE FECES STICKS.....

  • Krzyzewskiectomy Dec 13, 2011

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    I knew you were like old man Herbert.

  • Krzyzewskiectomy Dec 13, 2011

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    What do you expect from en elderly mentally retarded mental midget?

  • Krzyzewskiectomy Dec 13, 2011

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    As usual. How many decades since State won anything other than a bass fishing title?

  • howmanyisthatroy909andkounting Dec 13, 2011

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    THATS WHAT I HEARD THE BOYS SAY ABOUT YOU!!!!!!!!!!

  • 45HEELSFAN45 Dec 13, 2011

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    + 1 Million....it can't be said enough

  • Rdi73162 Dec 12, 2011

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    old thomas, still useless

  • Rdi73162 Dec 12, 2011

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    so you`ll have company.

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