SAN DIEGO -- The Stanford women's soccer team almost always fought back throughout a season of heart-pounding drama.

But the top-ranked Cardinal could do nothing in the unforgiving atmosphere of overtime when North Carolina scored in the 105th minute a 1-0 victory in the College Cup semifinals late Friday night at Torero Stadium.

After more than 100 minutes of hard-fought play the Cardinal (21-2-1) succumbed because of one final burst that led to a golden goal by striker Kealia Ohai. The U.S. youth national team player sent a scorching shot that hit the left post and ricocheted into the back of net much to the disbelief of heartbroken Cardinal players.

"It was a disappointing end to a great year," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "It's always difficult to lose in overtime because you can't make any changes or do anything to get back into the game because the game is over with one kick of the ball."

The Cardinal, which has never defeated Carolina in 12 games, couldn't break through a defense that had three walk-on players.

Stanford had found a successful formula this season without a bona fide goal scorer such as MAC Hermann trophy winners Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press in recent years.

But in a game where one play decides the outcome the Tar Heels relied on two promising stars to reach the final against Penn State

"It's a game of chances," Ratcliffe said. "We had a couple of chances and we didn't put them away. They got that clear chance at the end and they put it away."

Ratcliffe wanted his 10-member senior class to earn another title after Stanford won the College Cup last year.

The seniors reached the College Cup all four years of their careers and missed the final for the first time this weekend.

"I'm really thankful that they won the championship last year because they're definitely champions," Ratcliffe said.