Men's Soccer Upset at Portland

Oct. 29, 2000

Portland, Ore. - Hermann Trophy finalist and 2000 Olympian Conor Casey scored two goals in the opening 19 minutes and No. 14 Portland went on to upset No. 7 Washington, 4-1, in non-conference action in front of 2,763 fans at Merlo Field Sunday afternoon.

The Huskies, who have lost two of their last three, drop to 10-5-0 overall. Portland, which snapped a three-game losing skid and kept its postseason hopes alive, improves to 9-5-2. It was the first home win for the Pilots over the Huskies since a 1-0 win in the first round of the 1995 NCAA playoffs.

Casey, the nation's leading scorer last season as a freshman, scored unassisted just 1:32 into the match, then put Portland up 2-0 at 18:07 after running onto Casey Barber's lead pass. Kelly Gray gave Portland a 3-0 lead in the 35th minute, and Nate Jaqua's sliding goal at 66:30 off a pass from Garrett Marcum put Portland ahead 4-0.

Washington's Ben Somoza converted a penalty kick at 89:01 to spoil Portland keeper Curtis Spiteri's shutout bid. Portland was called for a handball in the box, and Somoza narrowly beat Spiteri to the lower left corner. The Huskies had nine of their 17 shots after Portland led 4-0. Spiteri made six saves in the game, all in the second half. The teams combined for 17 corner kicks, as Washington had 10 of its 11 in the second half - eight after Portland had the 4-0 lead.

Washington returns home for its final regular season home match, versus UCLA, at 7 p.m., Nov. 3.

College Men's Soccer
At No. 14 Portland 4, No. 7 Washington 1
Merlo Field, Portland, Ore.

1. 1:32, Portland, CASEY, Conor (unassisted)
2. 18:07, Portland, CASEY, Conor (BARBER, Casey)
3. 34:51, Portland, GRAY, Kelly (unassisted) - dribbles to middle box, lower left
4. 66:30, Portland, JAQUA, Nate (MARCUM, Garrett)
5. 89:01, UW, Benjamin Somoza (Penalty kick)

Shots: UW 17, Portland 18
Saves: UW 3 (Olsen, Chad 3), Portland 6 (Spiteri, Curtis 6)
Corners: UW 11, Portland, 6
Fouls: Portland 22, UW 9
Attendance: 2763

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