UW Falls 1-0 to Portland in Third-Round of NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament

Nov. 19, 2000

SEATTLE - Senior forward Vanessa Talbott scored in the 78th minute Sunday, lifting Portland to a 1-0 women's soccer victory over No. 2 seed Washington in the third round of the NCAA Tournament before 2,347 spectators at Husky Soccer Field.

The Pilots (17-3) advance to the quarterfinals to play No. 7 seed Penn State (22-2-1). The date and location of that game will be announced on Monday.

Pacific-10 Conference champion Washington (18-3) ends its finest season ever. The Huskies set school records for victories (18) and winning streak (11) while advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAAs for the first time ever.

'Games like this wouldn't be any fun if they weren't heartbreaking for the loser,' said Washington coach Lesle Gallimore. 'Certainly, we are disappointed not to be moving on in the tournament, but with that said, nobody can take away from us what kind of season our kids have had. Winning a Pac-10 Championship, getting the No. 2 seed in the tournament and playing as well as they have all year has been just an honor for me to a part of.'

Talbott's decisive tally was her 14th goal of the season and her seventh-game winner. Her brilliant 22-yard shot from the center of the field brushed the post in the upper-right portion of the goal as it went into the net at 77:16. Talbott gained possession of the ball after teammate Kylee Barton stripped it from a Husky defender.

'Kylee [Barton] and another defender got into a tackle, and the ball popped out a little bit,' Talbott explained. 'I was able to pick it up and could tell a defender was coming onto me, so I shot it far-post and it went in. (Hope Solo) is an outstanding goalkeeper. She has a reach like none other, and she can get up, so if you are going to put it up in the air you'd better send it as far-post as possible because she can get a hand on it.'

Solo saved two shots for the Huskies, including a deflection of point-blank attempt by Talbott two minutes into the second half. Solo was replaced in goal by senior Leslie Weeks during the 82nd minute and played on the field as a forward. Weeks played the final eight minutes and made one save.

'Vanessa scored a fabulous goal,' said Coach Clive Charles whose Pilots are playing in their eighth NCAA Tournament. The Pilots reached the semifinals four times, including a championship-game appearance in 1995.

'It was a very good game, a tough game - a typical playoff game,' Charles added. 'This was two very evenly-matched teams, and we knew that one goal would probably win it either way.'

Senior Cheryl Loveless saved two shots en route to her 12th shutout for the Pilots who outshot Washington 10-5. After a first half in which neither team had any dangerous chances, Portland posted an 8-4 shot advantage after halftime.

Sunday marked the third time these teams clashed in NCAA Tournament play. The previous two meetings, during 1995 and 1996 in Portland, also resulted in 1-0 Pilot wins. The Huskies won a 2-1 decision at Portland earlier this season on Sept. 23, their only victory in 13 all-time meetings with the Pilots.

The loss ended the careers of five UW seniors, including Tami Bennett and Theresa Wagner who together own nearly every school scoring record. Bennett has the Husky records for goals in a career (34) and single season (16) along with game-winning goals in a career (12) and season (7). Wagner is the Huskies' all-time leader with 80 career points. She holds every UW assist record with marks for career (26), season (12) and game (4).

NCAA Women's Soccer Championship
Portland 1, (2) Washington 0
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, Portland, Vanessa Talbott, 77:16.

Shots - Portland 10, Washington 5.
Saves -- Portland 2 (Cheryl Loveless), Washington 3 (Hope Solo 2, Leslie Weeks 1).
Corner Kicks -- Portland 4, Washington 2.
Fouls -- Portland 10, Washington 7.
Attendance - 2,347.

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