Portland 4, UCLA 0 Dec. 4,
Portland 4, UCLA 0Dec. 4, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Christine Sinclair scored two goals and Portland beat UCLA 4-0 in the NCAA women's soccer national championship game on Sunday.
Angie Woznuk added a goal and an assist for the Pilots (24-0-2), who won their second title in three years. Portland beat Santa Clara 2-1 in the 2002 championship game.
This year, Portland became the only team other than North Carolina to finish an unbeaten season with a championship. The Tar Heels have won 10 of their 17 championships following undefeated seasons.
Sinclair, a member of the Canadian national team, set an NCAA single-season record with her first-half goals, giving her 39. Entering the game, Sinclair was tied SMU's Lisa Cole, who had 37 goals in 1987.
The senior was already the NCAA tournament's all-time goal scorer and finished her career with 25.
The Bruins (22-2-2), who outscored their first five tournament opponents 25-0, lost in the title game for the second straight year. They lost to Notre Dame on penalty kicks last year after playing to a 1-1 tie.
UCLA had shut out 17 of its previous 19 NCAA tournament opponents, but Woznuk scored 92 seconds into the game, the Pilots' fastest goal of the season.
With UCLA's defense keying on Sinclair, Woznuk sneaked to an opening, took a feed from Megan Rapinoe and zipped a right-footed shot under UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson.
UCLA had allowed only eight goals all season and had not given up a score in 452 minutes.
The Bruins had trailed 1-0 in four games this season and came back to win twice. By halftime Sunday, it was clear they wouldn't rally this time.
UCLA midfielder Danesha Adams got the Bruins' best chance of the opening half, outfighting Portland defender Stephanie Lopez and goalkeeper Cori Alexander for a loose ball. Adams had an open net, but a tough angle and sent a hurried shot into the outside of the goal.
The Pilots were in control from there, keeping the ball in the Bruins' end for most of the rest of the half.
Sinclair ended a three-game scoring drought when she hammered a perfect pass from Lopez past Henderson from the top of the penalty area with 23:39 left before the break.
Her next goal was even prettier. With her back to UCLA defender Bristyn Davis, Sinclair spun free and ripped a left-footed shot under Henderson with 3:57 left in the half.
The only drama in the second half came when Sinclair hurt her left knee in a collision with UCLA midfielder McCall Zerboni. Sinclair stayed down for about a minute, then got up to applause and stayed in the game.
Rapinoe, a redshirt freshman, scored with 13:38 left, giving her a team-best six for the tournament.
Even the weather bounced Portland's way.
The game time temperature was a brisk 50 degrees, much different from the balmy, breezy weather for Friday's semifinals.
The overcast, Oregon-like conditions didn't bother the 500 Portland fans who traveled to Texas this weekend. The Pilots set an NCAA attendance record this season, drawing 40,841 to 12 homes games.
-- Courtesy Associated Press
All Tournament Team:
Stephanie Lopez, Portland
Megan Rapinoe, Portland
Angie Woznuk, Portland
Jill Oakes, UCLA
Danesha Adams, UCLA
Lindsey Huie, Portland
Erin McLeod, Penn State
India Trotter, Florida State
Iris Mora, UCLA
OFFENSIVE MVP: Christine Sinclair, Portland
DEFENSIVE MVP: Cori Alexander, Portland