Nov. 14, 2010

Courtesy of Washington

- The Huskies pulled one of the biggest upsets in school history and in this season's NCAA Tournament by defeating the No. 2 overall seed Portland 10-9 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in regulation and two overtime periods in the Second Round Sunday afternoon at Merlo Field.

The Huskies improve to 12-8-2 while Portland ends the season at 18-1-2. The Huskies defeat Portland for just the third time in the history of the two programs and the first in the NCAA Tournament. UW will advance to the Quarterfinals for the third time and first since 2004.

The game was fairly even the first half as Portland led the shot count 6-4 and UW won the corner's 4-1.

Washington got on the board first as senior McKenna Waitley (Coronado, Calif.) scored on a header on the left side with an assist by senior Jane Mitchell (San Diego, Calif.) in the 29th minute. It was the third goal of the season for Waitley.

Just 11 seconds later, Sophie Schmidt tied the game for Portland with an assist by Danielle Foxhoven.

The second half was pretty much controlled by Portland as they took 15 shots to just two for the Huskies. However, the Huskies defense and the play of junior goalkeeper Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann (Lakewood, Wash.) kept the Pilots out of the box as the Huskies keeper made 13 saves in regulation and overtime. She was just one save shot of the school record for a single game of 14 in 1992.

Both overtime periods were pretty even as both teams had some great attempts but after a tie the game would be decided in penalty kicks.

The Huskies won the coin flip for penalty kicks and elected to go first. Junior Kate Deines went first, making hers, followed by a make from Sarah Martinez and Lindsay Elston. Mitchell missed hers and Waitley wrapped up the final five with a good goal.

For Portland in the first round of PK's, Jessica Tsao made hers after LaFontaine-Kussmann got a hand on it and it trickled into the goal. Keelin Winters missed hers on a save by LaFontaine-Kussmann, followed by makes from Kendall Johnson, Amanda Frisbie and Foxhoven.

After a 4-4 tie through the first five PK's, it went to the second five.

For the Huskies the next five all made their PK's, in order: Hannah Greig, Lindsey Bos, Kelli Stewart, LaFontaine-Kussmann and Hillary Zevenbergen.

For the Pilots, their second five also made all of theirs: Cloee Colohan, Michelle Cruz, Michelle Olivier, Halley Kreminski and Sophie Schmidt.

After the 10 players went and it was still a tie, the order went back to the beginning as Deines went as the 11th UW kicker, making her second one as well which counts as the game-winner after Tsao's shot was saved by a diving LaFontaine-Kussmann.

UW will play UC Irvine next weekend which defeated Wake Forest 2-0 today. The game will be in Irvine, Calif., on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Coach Gallimore Quotes
"We came out and played well the first half. Portland is such a good team in the attack. We knew we were going to be dodging bullets. They are just so quick on the dribble and great at finishing. When we got the early goal I was hopeful that we could hold it for a little while and they dribbled right down and scored. As the game wore on, we were a little fatigued and we created a couple of chances but by the time we reached OT we said even it up. We have had a tough team playing here, they are terrific at home. We defended to where it was even again and I had a lot of faith that Jorde would come up with one or two saves, she has been tremendous all year. I can't say enough about those young kids that took the PK's. They stepped up and looked prepared."

Kate Deines Quotes
"We have to hand it to Portland. They came out like they always do. They always give a good game. We were under a lot of pressure at time. I think we did great as a team and everyone in front of me did a great job."

"I was jittery for the first PK. I talked myself threw it. Once I saw it In the back of the net I prepared better for the second one. It didn't surprise me that Jorde made the save. We knew she was going to come up big for us. This is one of the best feelings ever."

Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann Quotes
"During regulation I tried to make sure I was set and ready for anything that came and my defense did great to hold them up top. During PK's, I tried to look confident and it worked out even though it took a lot kicks. I was nervous taking my PK but I've taken them before and I love it. It was good to be on the offensive end."