Portland Takes 2-1 Win Over No. 13 Seed N.C. State In NCAA Second Round
Nov. 22, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. --- Portland's Drew Chrostek scored in the second minute and Ryan Luke tallied the game-winner in the 63rd as the Pilots defeated the 13th-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack 2-1 in an NCAA Second Round game played on Sunday afternoon at Dail Soccer Field. The Pilots advance to the Third Round where they'll face the No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday in Charlottesville, Va.
"We got off to a great start," head coach Bill Irwin said. "N.C. State is a very good side and they made chances. But we defended very well and made our own chances.
"The early goal was big."
Chrostek wasted little time as he scored his first collegiate goal barely a minute into the game. Chrostek took a corner from Jarad vanSchaik and buried a shot from the top of the box into the top-left corner of the net.
"We worked on our set pieces all week and we caught the defense sleeping," said Chrostek. "It's very exciting to score my first collegiate goal and that was an ideal way to start the game."
The Portland (12-5-5) defense was able to withstand an aggressive NC State (13-7-7) attack until the 59th minute of the second half, when Akil DeFreitas equalized. Chrystel Bakong fed an unmarked DeFreitas in the left side of the box. DeFreitas then had no problem finishing into the right side of the net to tie the score at 1-1.
But Portland was not to be denied as Luke scored only moments later on UP's first shot of the second half. The play was set up by Collen Warner, who had possession in the right flank, made a move around a defender and sent a perfect ball towards the far post. A composed Luke finished with a header into the right corner.
"Once the ball is at his feet, I know Collen has great skills," said Luke. "When he had his guy isolated, it was my goal to be in position in front of the net. It was a battle and we knew we were going to have to fight the entire game."
The Wolfpack had no answer as the Pilots would hold on with stingy defense and a great performance between the pipes by UP freshman goalkeeper Justin Baarts, who was making his first career start and playing his first significant minutes.
Portland's usual goalkeeper, All-WCC First Team selection Austin Guerrero, was forced to sit out due to a receiving a red card during UP's first-round win at New Mexico on Thursday night.
"It was a smooth transition," Baarts said of his team's adjustment to a new keeper. "Our coaches had us prepared."
Baarts finished with three saves, including an acrobatic, diving save on a hard shot by Lucas Carpenter in the 53rd minute.
"I was set when he hit it and I knew I had to make a save," said Baarts. "I got there and got a hand on it."
N.C. State held a 15-6 advantage in shots, while UP had a 6-5 edge in corner kicks.
The win sends the Pilots to the third round for the first time since 2001. It also gives them a chance at redemption as Virginia opened the 2009 season with a 3-0 win over the Pilots at Merlo Field.
Portland (12-5-5) vs. NC State (13-7-2) Date: Nov 22, 2009 Attendance: 610 Weather:
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Portland............ 1 1 - 2 NC State............ 0 1 - 1
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 1:03 POR CHROSTEK, Drew (vanSCHAIK, Jarad) - corner to right side 15 yds out 2. 58:23 ST Akil DeFreitas (Chrystel Bakong) - left side through ball 16 lofted over keeper 3. 62:07 POR LUKE, Ryan (WARNER, Collen)
Shots: Portland 6, NC State 15 Saves: Portland 3 (BAARTS, Justin 3), NC State 1 (Christopher Widman 1)