No. 4 Portland Blanks Huskies in Women's Soccer

Oct. 5, 2002

PORTLAND, Ore. - Forward Christine Sinclair scored twice in the first half Saturday, leading the fourth-ranked Portland women's soccer team to a 4-0 shutout of No. 12 Washington at Merlo Field.

Wanda Rozwadowska contributed a goal and assist for the Pilots (9-2-1) who extended their undefeated streak to 10 games. Washington closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4-2 record, including five encounters with teams that are currently ranked. UW's record in all-time meetings against Portland dropped to 1-14-1.

Senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, registered six saves for the Huskies who were outshot by a 21-6 margin. Lauren Arase recorded both Pilot saves during her 84 minutes of play. She teamed with reserve Kim Head to post Portland's seventh shutout.

After her initial cross attempt was blocked, Rozwadowska tracked the ball down near the endline, and centered a second ball directly to Sinclair for a four-yard header past Solo at 12:48.

Sinclair then put Portland ahead 2-0 at 25:34 when Kristen Moore sent a ball over the top of the Washington defense. Sinclair won a foot race to the ball, drawing Solo off her line, and was able to slot a 12-yard grounder into the left side of the open net.

Less than five minutes later, Kristen Rogers' cross from the right was centered by Emily Patterson to Rozwadowska for an easy tap-in, giving Portland a 3-0 lead with 15 minutes left to play in the first half.

Rebekah Patrick capped the win in the 84th minute with a determined individual effort that covered nearly 35 yards. Taking the ball just below the center circle, Patrick weaved her way through much of the UW defense, then fired a rocket at Solo. The Washington goalkeeper managed to deflect the shot, but Patrick pounced on the bouncing ball and scored the rebound.

The Huskies now start Pac-10 Conference play with three straight road games, beginning Friday at Oregon.

(#4) Portland 4, (#12) Washington 0
Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.

Scoring -- 1, UP, Christine Sinclair (Wanda Rozwadowska), 12:48. 2, UP, Sinclair (Kristen Moore), 25:34. 3, UP, Rozwadowska (Kristen Rogers, Emily Patterson), 30:28. 4, UP, Rebekah Patrick, 83:25.

Shots -- UW 6, UP 21.
Saves -- UW 6 (Hope Solo), UP 2 (Lauren Arase 2, Kim Head).
Corner Kicks -- UW 2, UP 4.
Fouls -- UW 6, UP 7.
Offsides -- UW 3, UP 1.
Attendance -- 1,032.
Records -- Washington 5-4-2, Portland 9-2-1.

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