No. 3 Portland Knocks off Husky Women in NCAA 2nd Round

Nov. 18, 2001

PORTLAND - Portland scored twice in a five-minute span midway through the first half Sunday to eliminate the 17th-ranked Husky women's soccer team in the NCAA Tournament's second round for the second-consecutive season. Washington finishes the 2001 season at 13-5-2, while Portland advances to host Nebraska next weekend.

Lisa Casagrande and Christine Sinclair scored for Portland (18-3-0), while the Pilot defense held Washington to just four shots.

A hesitation in communication among the Washington defense led to Portland's first goal at 23:55, as Husky keeper Hope Solo and a defender were slow to clear a bouncing ball. Casagrande beat Solo, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, to the ball, then tapped in the game-winner from the left side.

Nearly four minutes later, Erin Misaki's short cross found Casagrande in the box, who drew Solo off her line, then nudged the ball ahead to Sinclair for an open-net goal.

'Portland is great at putting pressure on you from the get-go,' noted Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore, who piloted the Huskies to their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the past four seasons. 'Giving up a soft goal early in the game takes the wind out of your sail, but it was the second goalwhich really did us in.'

With the win, the Pilots increased their all-time edge over the Huskies to 13-1-1, and eliminated Washington from the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last eight seasons, including a 1-0 second-round win in Seattle last season.

NCAA Women's Soccer
#3 Portland 2, #17 Washington 0
Merlo Field, Portland, Ore.

Scoring - 1, UP, Lisa Casagrande, 23:55. 2, Christine Sinclair (Erin Misaki, Lisa Casagrande), 27:23.

Shots - UP 16, UW 4
Saves - UP 2 (Cristin Shea), UW 6 (Hope Solo)
Corner Kicks - UP 7, UW 2
Fouls - UP 9, UW 16
Attendance - 1,748

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