Huskies Fall in Final Minutes of Women's Soccer Tournament

Sept. 22, 2001

SEATTLE - Christine Sinclair scored in the 78th minute to lead the fourth-ranked Portland women to the team title and No. 6 Washington lost 1-0 to No. 12 Texas A&M on a goal with 2:09 remaining, Saturday during the Husky/Nike Invitational at Husky Soccer Field.

Texas A&M's Linsey Johnson scored the lone goal, receiving a pass from Heather Ragsdale and booting an 18-yard blast into the net at 87:51. The shot beat Husky goalkeeper Hope Solo who registered four saves.

Aggie goalkeeper Esther Thompson made eight saves, including a brilliant diving stop of a Gina Brewer attempt just 13 seconds before halftime. The Huskies had another close chance just two minutes into the game, but Jaime Carstensen's shot glanced off the crossbar.

Sinclair netted her second game-winner in as many days, lifting Portland to a 2-1 win over Brigham Young. She eluded several defenders and found the goal on a 15-yard shot at 77:36. The teams traded first-half goals as Portland got on the board in the 22nd minute on a goal by Erin Misaki and BYU equalized on Kimmie Davis' 43rd-minute score.

Sinclair scored the decisive tally in the 86th minute on Friday as the Pilots (5-1) defeated Texas A&M (3-2) by a 2-1 tally. In the other first-round match-up, Washington (4-1-1) and Brigham Young (3-2-1) tied 1-1 after playing 120 minutes.

Washington returns to action on Saturday (Sept. 29), hosting Portland at 7 p.m.

NCAA Women's Soccer
(#12) Texas A&M 1, (#6) Washington 0
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, Texas A&M, Linsey Johnson (Heather Ragsdale), 87:51.

Shots - A&M 16, Washington 11.
Saves - A&M 8 (Esther Thompson), Washington 4 (Hope Solo).
Corner Kicks - A&M 7, Washington 4.
Fouls - A&M 8, Washington 4.
Attendance - 943.

(#4) Portland 2, Brigham Young 1

Scoring -- 1, Portland, Erin Misaki (Christine Sinclair), 21:18. 2, BYU,Kimmie Davis (Lydia Ojuka), 42:31. 3, Portland, Christine Sinclair, 77:36

Shots -- BYU 9, Portland 17.
Saves -- BYU 7 (Jennifer Waldron), Portland 3 (Lauren Arase).
Corner kicks -- BYU 4, Portland 9.
Fouls -- BYU 14, Portland 10.
Attendance -- 620.

Offensive MVP
-- Christine Sinclair, Portland
Defensive MVP -- Lauren Orlandos, Portland
Aleisha Cramer, Brigham Young
Jeni Willardson Viernes, Brigham Young
Lisa Casagrande, Portland
Imani Dorsey, Portland
Erin Misaki, Portland
Linsey Johnson, Texas A&M
Esther Thompson, Texas A&M
Clare Rustad, Washington
Hope Solo, Washington

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