The Women's World Cup came to a conclusion on Sunday with the United States taking a dominating 5-2 win over Japan. It was the first World Cup title for USA since 1999 and avenges a loss in the 2011 final to Japan.
Former Tar Heels Tobin Heath and Meghan Klingenberg started for the US during the tournament and were crucial pieces to the team's success. Klingenberg made a crucial save on the goal line in the Group D draw versus Sweden. The 2010 UNC alum headed a sure goal off the crossbar and clear of the goal line to preserve a tie in the 77th minute.
In the title game the U.S. struck quickly for a 4-0 first half lead thanks to an unprecedented hat trick by Carli Lloyd.. In the second half Japan closed to within 4-2 before Heath cleaned up a rebound in the box to push the lead back to 5-2. The goal was Heath's first of the tournament.
In addition to Heather and Klingenberg, former Tar Heels Ashlyn Harris, Whitney Engen, Lori Chalupny and Heather O'Reilly were a part of the team but saw little action.
Former Tar Heel Lucy Bronze scored a pair of goals during the World Cup to help England to a third place finish.