Huskies and Pilots Renew Postseason Rivalry In NCAA Second Round Play

Nov. 25, 2003

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Clashing once again in postseason play, Washington hosts longtime Northwest rival Portland in the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament, Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.

These two teams will renew their postseason rivalry, having met five previous times in the NCAA Tournament. Washington, this year's No. 10 seed, received a first round bye, while Portland advanced to the second-round with a 3-2 victory over Oregon State in first-round action in Corvallis, Saturday.

Washington has a 2-3 overall record versus Portland in postseason play, but leads the Pilots in the all-time series, 22-12-3. Portland knocked Washington out of its last NCAA Tournament run, handing the Huskies a 1-0 loss in the second round, a match played in Seattle on Nov. 25, 2001. In fact, Portland has ousted Washington from postseason play on two other occasions, in 1989 (0-1 overtime decision in the first-round) and 1995 (0-1 in the first-round). Both of those contests were played on the Pilots' home field.

Both UW wins against Portland in postseason play have come in first-round action, with a 2-1 victory in 1992 and a 3-2 win 1999. These teams have met once already this season, with Washington emerging with a 1-0 victory in Seattle on Sept. 5.

The Pilots advanced past the second-round with a dramatic 3-2 win over Oregon State. Down 2-1 with just 12 minutes to play, Portland staged a comeback ignited by a penalty kick from Paul Robinson in the 80th minute. Then in the 87th minute, the Pilots claimed the victory on Josh Brown's first goal of the season. It was the second-straight year Portland had defeated Oregon State in the first-round.

Wednesday marks Washington's 15th all-time selection to the NCAA Tournament, and eighth in the last nine seasons. The Huskies have an all-time record of 5-15 in postseason play, advancing as far as the second-round six times. Washington has yet to advance to the Sweet 16, having never won a second-round match in school history.

Washington finished the 2003 regular season with a 12-4-2 overall record, 5-4-1 in Pac-10 play. Portland enters the match with a 10-8-1 overall record.

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