Portland 0, Penn State 0 Dec.
Portland 0, Penn State 0Dec. 2, 2005
Portland Advances on PKs 4-3
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Christine Sinclair beat Penn State goalkeeper Erin McLeod on the final penalty kick Friday night, sending Portland to the title game at the NCAA Women's College Cup.
Two of the nation's top five scoring teams went scoreless for 110 minutes - the 90-minute regulation and two overtimes - before Sinclair beat her teammate from the Canadian national team to give the Pilots a 4-3 win in the penalty kick shootout.
Portland (22-0-2), playing in its eighth College Cup, will go for its second national title Sunday against the winner of the Florida State-UCLA game later Friday. Portland won the championship in 2002.
Penn State (23-0-2) has lost in the semifinals of all three of its semifinal appearance in the last six years. The Nittany Lions lost to North Carolina in 1999 and Portland in 2002.
Each team converted two of its first three penalty kicks in the shootout before Portland keeper Cori Alexander stopped a shot by Heather Tomko. Colleen Salisbury then beat McLeod with a low shot to the corner to give Portland the advantage.
After Penn State forward Sheree Gray scored, Sinclair won it when McLeod guessed wrong and dived to her left as Sinclair ripped a simple shot into the opposite corner.
The Pilots celebrated by piling on Sinclair just outside the penalty area, while the Lions ran to console McLeod, who made 10 saves.
The game featured the nation's top two scorers in Sinclair, who led Division I with 37 goals during the regular season, and Penn State's Tiffany Weimer. But the individual duel was tempered by swarming defense by both teams.
Sinclair had the two best shots of the overtime periods, launching one off the right post and getting stopped by McLeod on a point-blank chance.