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Hat Trick By Teves Pushes Huskies To Sweet Sixteen

Nov 21, 2021

SEATTLE -- In front of the biggest home crowd in over three years, Dylan Teves owned the night on Sunday, scoring all 3 goals to lead Washington a 3-1 win over Portland in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. With the win, the Huskies advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the third consecutive season. 

While UW dominated the opening half of play, there was not a goal to be found as the final minutes ticked away in the

first half. However, with just just under 40 seconds left in the half, Teves took a pass from Kalani Kossa-Rienzi and powered it through traffic to beat the Pilot goalkeeper and put the Huskies ahead.

Teves' goal was the culmination of a dominant first half that saw Washington outshoot Portland by a margin of 12-1, including 5-1 on shots on target. 

"I think we wore them down and at some point the wall crumbles a little bit and we took advantage," head coach Jamie Clark said of the deserved breakthrough. 

Instead of going into the locker room tied at 0-0 and giving the Pilots a chance to regroup, the Huskies were able to give themselves a lead and take full control of the match. 

"Especially in the tournament, all the margins are so thin that every little thing you can do makes such a big difference," Dylan Teves said. "Our back line and everybody else was playing so well. It just feels so good to finally get it in and have a little bit of that margin of safety."

Washington would continue to control possession and dictate the flow of the game in the second half. The Huskies continued to push for chances, but had to wait until the 80th minute to double their lead. 

Eventually, Charlie Ostrem was able to find space all alone down the left sideline. He delivered a perfect far-post cross to Teves, who was waiting on the far post to head it in. 

While Teves is not necessarily known for his heading ability, he was able to leak past the Portland defense and made no mistake when Ostrem's ball found his forehead. Teves proved that no matter the situation, he will find a way to put the ball in the back of the net if given the chance. 
"This is kind of a joke we have on our team, that when Dylan calls for the ball, you give it to him," Ostrem said of the play. "I just heard him screaming for it so I just hit to him back post and he was there."

But before UW had the chance to celebrate a 2-0 lead, the Pilots were on the attack and earned a penalty kick just one minute after the Teves goal. A handball in the box gave Portland a chance to get back a goal. While Sam Fowler guessed right and made the save on the penalty kick itself, the rebound found the feet of Luke Hendel and he put it in to make it a 2-1 game.  

After dominating for 80 minutes of action, the Huskies were all of a sudden in a very tense match with 10 minutes remaining.

However, Teves made sure to quell the nerves of Husky fans just five minutes later. 

Quick and decisive passing by Nick Scardina and Christian Soto gave Teves a clean look at net from just inside the box and he blasted a powerful finish the far post to all but put the match to rest. 

"It definitely feels good to get three goals. I couldn't have done it without the team. Kalani (Kossa-Rienzi), (Christian) Soto, all these guys played amazing balls and I couldn't have done it without them, too."

It was the first hat trick for Teves in his collegiate career and he now has 9 goals on the season.

Sunday also marked the first-career points in the postseason for Teves, who tied a Washington record with his 3 goals and six points, matching an identical stat line by Kevin Forrest against Creighton in 2006. 

Ostrem's assist on the second goal gives him three postseason assists in his UW career, which ties James Moberg for the most in Washington history. 

No. 2 seed Washington will host the No. 15 seed Indiana in the Sweet Sixteen, with the two teams set to play this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at Husky Soccer Stadium.