No. 3 Portland Clips No. 18 Washington
Oct. 3, 2008
PORTLAND, Ore. --- Freshman Halley Kreminski made her first appearance in over a month a good one, scoring the overtime game-winner to lift No. 3 Portland to a 1-0 victory over No. 18 Washington Friday evening at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. An announced crowd 3,146 withstood pouring rains all game to watch the Northwest rivals play into extra time. The Pilots (10-1-0) extend their winning streak to nine games with the win, while the Huskies (9-2-0) fall to 0-2 against ranked opponents.
Kreminski, who had been sidelined since Portland's September 1 game against USC with a pulled hamstring, came off the bench late in regulation and punched in a short cross from Canadian international Sophie Schmidt in the 94th minute to end the contest.
Seconds earlier, the Eagle, Idaho native tweaked an ankle and Portland head coach Garrett Smith was trying to substitute her out of the game, but the scoring sequence developed before there was a stoppage.
'I stepped wrong and slipped on the wet field just before the goal and turned my ankle,' Kreminski explained. 'I was in a little bit of pain, but that all went away as soon as I scored.'
It is the second time in three matches that a Pilot without a previous career goal scored the game-winner. Sophomore Sara Jackman provided the only strike last Friday in a 1-0 win at Rutgers. Kreminski became the 13th different Pilot this year to score a goal and eighth separate player with a game-winner.
Schmidt was credited with her second assist of the season and set up the golden goal by slipping between a couple Washington defenders and taking the ball to the endline on the right side. She found Kreminski unmarked at the near post and the freshman capitalized by hitting a firm ball inside the right frame.
It ended a defensive battle that saw Portland gain a 13-6 edge in shots and 5-1 margin in shots on goal. Pilot junior goalkeeper Kelsey Davis made a pedestrian save on a long free kick in recording her eighth shutout of the season.
The Pilots had multiple opportunities throughout regulation, but some bad bounces and quality play from UW goalie Alex Phillips sent the game into overtime.
Portland freshman striker Danielle Foxhoven hit the wrong side of the cross bar in the 22nd minute for the team's best first half chance.
Portland picked up the pace in the second period and had a series of opportunities come up empty. All-American midfielder Megan Rapinoe dashed through the Husky defense in the 69th minute and had only Phillips to beat from the top of the box, but her shot was knocked over the cross bar by the UW keeper. On the ensuing corner kick, Schmidt knocked a firm header on frame, but Phillips was again able to make the save. Rapinoe led freshman Charney Burk with a nice through ball into another 1-v-1 with Phillips in the 72nd minute, but her shot sailed wide of the right post.
The contest was the final non-conference match of the season for both schools. Washington continues its difficult stretch with games at USC and UCLA next weekend, while the Pilots open West Coast Conference play at Gonzaga on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.