COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Jessica McDonald scored in the third minute and North Carolina won its second straight NCAA championship on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Stanford in the Women's College Cup final.
The Tar Heels (23-3-1) earned their 21st national title (20 NCAA, one AIAW) and their sixth NCAA crown since 1999. They recorded their 10th shutout in 11 games, holding the high-scoring Cardinal to nine shots.
Stanford (25-1) failed in its bid to join North Carolina as the only teams to finish a perfect season -- no losses or ties -- with a championship. The Tar Heels have done that four times (1991-93, 2003).
The Cardinal was the nation's second-highest scoring team, with 80 goals this season, but the Tar Heels allowed only two shots on goal and finished their 19th shutout in 27 games.