Husky Men Host Portland In NCAA First Round Action Friday

Nov. 15, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington men's soccer (11-6-2, 4-3-1 Pac-10) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship and will host Northwest rival Portland (11-7-2) in first round action, Friday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies are making their ninth postseason appearance in the last 10 years and 16th overall.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.gohuskies.com or by calling 206-543-2200. Prices are $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and children and $3 for the group rate that is available until Friday at 2 p.m.

The winner of Friday's match will advance to play No. 13 seed New Mexico in Albuquerque, Tuesday, Nov. 23. New Mexico (16-1-1) is ranked No. 1 in this week's Soccer America poll, while the Huskies dropped from ninth to 15th.

Washington and Portland renew a postseason rivalry that dates back to 1989. The Huskies and Pilots have clashed six times in NCAA tournament action, with both teams winning three matches and losing three matches. Last season, UW defeated Portland in Seattle, 1-0, in the NCAA second round to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.

Portland (11-7-2) defeated Washington 2-1 in its earlier season meeting Sept. 15, in Portland. The Huskies own a 23-13-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Pilots. Washington is 10-5-2 all-time versus the Pilots at home.

The NCAA field includes 48 teams, with the 16 seeded teams receiving first round byes. The first four rounds will be held at campus sites, while the semifinals and finals of the 2004 College Cup will be held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Dec. 10 and Dec. 12.

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