CARY, N.C. (CBS 5 / AP) — Notre Dame and Stanford are used to making it this far in the NCAA women’s soccer tournament.

One team can take it a step farther and claim a title. For the other, it’ll be yet another loss in the championship game.

The Fighting Irish and Cardinal will meet Sunday in the Women’s College Cup final in Cary, North Carolina. The schools have combined for three title-game losses in four years.

Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said Saturday that his team’s top priority is to “start strong and get after them right from the get-go.” He said that didn’t happen in last year’s final, a 1-0 loss to North Carolina. The Cardinal enter this year’s title game on a 22-game winning streak.

Notre Dame, which won national titles in 1995 and 2004, was beaten by the Tar Heels in the 2006 and ’08 finals.

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