Huskies Give Up Lead, Fall To Portland 5-3 in NCAA First Round Play

Nov. 19, 2004

Box Score

SEATTLE, WASH. - Unable to hold on to a 2-0 lead after 27 minutes of play, Washington gave up four straight unanswered goals as Portland went on to defeat the Huskies, 5-3, in first round of the 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship at Husky Soccer Field Friday evening.

Washington ended the year with an overall record of 11-7-2, while Portland (12-7-2) advances to play No. 13 seed New Mexico in Albuquerque on Tues., Nov. 23, in the NCAA second round.

Washington jumped on the board first with a pair of goals from its leading scorer, sophomore midfielder Kevin Forrest. Forrest tallied his eighth and ninth goals of the year in the first 27 minutes. The momentum quickly changed as Portland tied the match at 2-2 on their second and third shots of the game. The second half saw the Pilots score two more unanswered goals. With UW putting up furious offensive pressure at the end, junior midfielder Leo Totev scored in the 87th minute to breath life back into the Huskies, only to have Alejandro Salazar seal the 5-3 victory with his second score of the half in the 89th minute.

UW dominated statistically, racking up 24 shots and taking seven corner kicks. Portland scored five goals on nine shots, and Pilot goalkeeper Luis Robles staved off three desperation chances from the Huskies in the waning minutes of regulation and compiled 10 total saves in the match. The five goals scored by Portland were the most allowed by a Washington team all season.

'My hat's off to Portland, they were clinical and took advantage of their opportunities,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'I just wish we could have ushered our seniors out like the way they came in, but last year we won this same game here in the second round. Their clinical finishing really took the wind out of us. We made an attempt at the end and I was really proud of our attempt. Overall another decent season, now we need to re-group and we just want to make sure the four seniors get their recognition. They battled hard and had a great career here.'

This year marked the second-straight season these two teams met in NCAA play in Seattle. Last year, UW ousted Portland with a 1-0 win at Husky Soccer Field in the second round to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. Longtime rivals UW and Portland have met seven times in postseason play, with the Pilots holding a 4-3 advantage in the series.

Forrest scored a pair of goals in the 18th and 27th minutes to give UW what looked to be a comfortable 2-0 cushion. His first goal came courtesy a throw-in play from junior midfielder Mike Chabala. Forrest continued to be in the right place at the right time, when he deflected a free kick from senior midfielder C.J. Klaas past Robles. The Huskies were dominating play on the Portland defensive end until the Pilots stormed back with their four unanswered goals.

Heath Pearce put Portland on the board first at 38:21 with a rocket from 20-yards out. Miguel Guante scored the equalizer on a header off a cross from Christopher Sanders at 43:13. The Pilots continued to capitalize on their few chances in the second half, converting three of their six shots. Sanders tallied his second assist of the contest, as he sent a through ball to Salazar who found the far corner of the net past UW keeper Chris Eylander at 58:03.

Not quite four minutes later, Portland extended its lead on a free kick from Sean Babcock that sailed over the UW wall and into the net for the unassisted goal at 62:00.

Washington continued to pressure the Portland defense with scoring chances. Second-half sub Totev got UW that much closer with his second goal of the year, a shot from the left side of the box that soared past Robles. Still pressuring, UW fought feverishly for the equalizer. Robles staved three solid chances from UW at the end, including a save on a strong shot from UW freshman midfielder Ely Allen.

At a critical point, Portland regained possession when most of the Husky defense was playing up. Salazar found himself one-on-one with Klaas, this year's Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year. Klaas slipped and Salazar chipped a 15-yard shot to the far corner to seal the win in the 89th minute and punch Portland's ticket to the second round.

NCAA Men's Soccer - Round 1
Portland 5, Washington 3
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UW, Kevin Forrest (Mike Chabala), 17:29. 2, UW, Kevin Forrest (C.J. Klaas), 26:33. 3, PORT, Heath Pearce (unassisted), 38:21. 4, PORT, Miguel Guante (Christopher Sanders/Matthew Dallman), 43:13. 5, PORT, Alejandro Salazar (Christopher Sanders), 58:03. 6, PORT, Sean Babcock (unassisted), 62:00. 7, UW, Leo Totev (Mike Chabala), 85:27. 8, Alejandro Salazar (unassisted), 88:31.
Shots - UW 24, PORT 9
Saves - UW 2 (Chris Eylander), PORT 10 (Luis Robles)
Corner Kicks - UW 7, PORT 2
Fouls - UW 12, PORT 10
Offsides - UW 2, PORT 1
Attendance - 1216