Former Alta star Kealia Ohai leads USA to Under-20 World Cup title

Published: Monday, Sept. 10 2012 2:40 p.m. MDT

Kealia Ohai, right, of the United States reacts after she scored a goal during final match of the U20 Women's World Cup against Germany in Tokyo, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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A month after the U.S. Women's National Team captured soccer golf at the Olympics, a Utah native helped the United States capture more hardware last Saturday.

Former Alta High School standout Kealia Ohai, the 2009 Deseret News Ms. Soccer recipient, scored the game-winning goal in the championship game of the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup to lead the United States to the 1-0 victory over Germany.

Ohai scored her second goal of the tournament just before halftime in the 44th minute, and the United States made it hold up in the second half.

The United States lost to Germany 3-0 in group play, but Ohai helped her team avenge that loss when it mattered most.

"We believed we would win. Going into the game, we didn't care if they beat us 3-0 or they were better than us, today they're not going to beat us," Ohai told U.S. Soccer afterward. "We truly believed that going in and that's one of the reasons we ended up winning the whole thing."

A 2010 graduate of Alta, Ohai scored 126 goals in her four-year career with the Hawks. She was named the NSCAA National Soccer Player of the Year her senior year.

A junior at North Carolina, Ohai has scored 20 goals in 44 matches for the Tar Heels the past two years.

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