Nov. 15, 2009

Courtesy of Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Sophomore Halley Kreminski scored both goals, including the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, to lead the No. 2 Portland Pilots to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Huskies in an NCAA second round matchup Sunday at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. An announced crowd of 3,003 endured the cold and rain to see a hard-fought battle between regional rivals.

Portland (20-1-0) advances to the third round for the 10th consecutive season and will host third-seeded Virginia Tech on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. live on Comcast SportsNet Northwest. The Hokies were 3-1 winners over Dayton on Sunday. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, over the phone at 1-800-745-3000, or in-person at the Pilot Box Office.

Portland dominated possession and had the bulk of the scoring opportunities throughout the run of play on Sunday, but the Huskies (12-6-4) managed to take it to the closing minutes with solid defense and an opportunistic goal.

Playing with just 10 players after Chelsea Bumbaugh was sent off after being given two cautions early in the second half, the Huskies went down a goal in the 55th minute on a nice Portland sequence. Kreminski tapped in a cross from junior Sophie Schmidt on a play that started with Schmidt and Danielle Foxhoven executed a give-and-go into the right side of the penalty box. Schmidt’s pass went across the goal mouth and Kreminski finished to an empty net at the left post.

The lead was short-lived though as Washington was granted a corner kick 48 seconds later. Lindsey Kasser sent the service directly into the upper right of the goal, just over the outstretched gloves of Portland goalkeeper Kelsey Davis.

The Pilots continued to apply the pressure and with extra time looming, came up with the game-winner. Schmidt again set up the goal, sending a ball down the right flank for Kreminski. After a couple touches, she sent the ball towards the left post. UW goalkeeper Kari Davidson managed to get both gloves on the ball, but couldn’t corral it and there was just enough momentum for it to trickle over the goal line before the Huskies retreating defenders could clear the ball.

The Pilots racked up a 23-3 edge in shots and 6-1 margin in shots on goal. Portland also had a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Kreminski became the fourth Pilot this season with 10 goals, joining Foxhoven (22), Michelle Enyeart (13) and Schmidt (12). Portland also secured its second consecutive and sixth overall 20-win season.