No. 2 Portland Women Top UW in Soccer
Sept. 30, 2005
SEATTLE - Senior Christine Sinclair netted her NCAA-leading 19th goal and added two assists Friday, as the second-ranked Portland women did all of their scoring during a 12-minute span midway through a 5-0 win over Washington at Husky Soccer Field.
Sinclair, the 2002 National Player of the Year, has scored a goal in all 10 games this season. She halted a scoreless tie at 41:45 on a 17-yard roller across the box and into the right side of the goal off a pass from Megan Rapinoe.
The Pilots (10-0) tacked on another goal just before halftime. Michele Scifo drove a 25-yard liner goalward from an acute angle on the left flank. The ball trickled across the box and snuck inside the right post at 44:27.
'Those are game-killers right there when you give up late goals,' UW coach Lesle Gallimore remarked. 'It's disappointing because they were two of the softer goals that we've given up this year. If you get into the half 0-0 then you have something to go on.'
The scoring binge continued early in the second half when Rapinoe sent a through pass that Natalie Budge finished from 10 yards out at 48:57. Lindsey Huie curved a corner kick into the goal, off UW goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen, at 51:26.
Rapinoe capped the scoring at 53:15 with a 15-yard blast from the center of the box. Sinclair and Scifo were credited with assists on the final Portland tally.
'We came in knowing that Portland has probably the best soccer team in the country. They are just solid from front to back and Sinclair is a great finisher,' said Gallimore. 'You can hold them off for 38 minutes, but you give them chances and they are going to get one. A good team like that against a young team like ours, what we don't understand is that you give them one and they are going to get them in bunches. That's exactly what happened with two at the end of the first half and three in the second half and that's it.'
The Huskies (0-8-2) were scoreless for the fourth consecutive game. They registered just one goal during their current seven-game losing streak that is the longest in school history.
Pilot goalkeeper Cori Alexander did not need to stop a shot en route to her fifth shutout. Rasmussen made four outstanding saves for the Huskies who were outshot 16-4. All four UW shots came after halftime.
'It's all a part of learning when you have this many young players on the team,' Gallimore explained. 'I can't stress enough to anyone who will listen, including the team, how much this is going to help them down the line. These kids aren't a group of losers. They are really trying to listen and really trying to do the things we ask them to do. Now it's just a matter of somewhere, somehow them finding some confidence and that is always the next game which is Sunday.'
Washington closes out its non-conference schedule on Sunday, hosting San Francisco at noon.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Husky Soccer Field/Seattle, Wash.
Friday, Sept. 30, 2005
(#2) Portland 5, Washington 0
Scoring --1, UP, Christine Sinclair (Megan Rapinoe), 41:45. 2, UP, Michele Scifo (Stephanie Lopez, Sinclair), 44:27. 3, UP, Natalie Budge (Rapinoe), 48:57. 4, UP, Lindsey Huie, 51:26. 5, Rapinoe (Sinclair, Scifo), 53:15.
Shots -- UP 16, UW 4.
Saves -- UP 0 (Cori Alexander), UW 4 (Kelsey Rasmussen).
Corner Kicks -- UP 5, UW 1.
Fouls -- UP 10, UW 7.
Offsides -- UP 2, UW 0.
Attendance -- 1,332.
Records -- Portland 10-0-0, Washington 0-8-2.