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UNC downs Washington St. 2-1 in NCAA women's semifinal

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Alexis Strickland scored the go-ahead goal on a header in the 38th minute and North Carolina held off Washington State 2-1 on Friday in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's College Cup.

The top-seeded Tar Heels (24-1-1) advanced to Sunday's championship game against the winner of the semifinal between Stanford and UCLA.

Washington State (16-71) bows out after becoming the first Cougars team to reach a Final Four in any sport.