Huskies Down Portland, Advance To NCAA Third Round For First Time In School History

Nov. 26, 2003

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SEATTLE, WASH - Tenth-seeded Washington men's soccer picked up its first-ever NCAA Tournament second-round win, downing longtime rival Portland, 1-0, at Husky Soccer Field, Wednesday evening. The Huskies advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 and travel to face No. 7 seed Saint Louis, in St. Louis, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. CT.

The Huskies (13-4-2) used a goal from senior co-captain Troy Ready just 10 seconds into the second half to notch the win over the Pilots (10-9-1). A left-side cross from sophomore Jeff Hoover sailed in front of the goal to set up the opportunity, with senior Sean Giudice going up for the header alongside Portland keeper Luis Robles. The deflection off the keeper found Ready in perfect position, as he smashed a low shot from five-yards out to the left corner of the goal for the score.

Making their 15th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including their eighth trip in the last nine seasons, the 2003 Huskies are the first to advance to the third-round of postseason play. Washington and Portland had met five previous times in postseason play, with UW trailing that series 2-3 going into tonight's game. Washington's last NCAA appearance was in 2001, a year that also saw the Huskies receive a first-round bye, host Portland, but then fall to the Pilots, 1-0.

The victory also marked the second-straight for Washington over Portland, as the Huskies defeated the Pilots earlier this season, 1-0, on Sept. 5, in Seattle.

Ready, who scored his team-leading sixth goal of the year versus Portland, had five shots in the match, leading a Husky attack that outshot Portland, 16-7. Sophomore Leo Totev and junior Casey Armstrong also provided some firepower up front, both with three shots apiece.

The victory marked the seventh shutout of the season for UW senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman, who also recorded three saves. Robles tallied seven saves for the Pilots.

Washington's next opponent will be seventh-seed Saint Louis, who defeated second-round opponent Binghamton 1-0 in overtime Wednesday. Washington and Saint Louis have met twice before, with UW trailing the series 0-1-1. Saint Louis defeated UW 3-0 in Seattle on Oct. 11, 1974, after the teams battled to a 0-0 tie on Sept. 25, 1972, also in Seattle.

NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament - Second Round#10 Washington 1, Portland 0Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UW, Troy Ready (unassisted), 45:10.
Shots - PORT 7, WASH 16
Saves - PORT 7 (Luis Robles), WASH 3 (Danny Waltman)
Corner Kicks - PORT 4, WASH 5
Fouls - PORT 15, WASH 8
Offsides - PORT 0, WASH 2
Attendance - 1289
Records -Washington (13-4-2), Portland (10-9-1)

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