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Talbottís late tally sends Portland to third round 1-0 past Washington.

SEATTLE (Sunday, November 19, 2000) -- Senior forward Vanessa Talbott scored in the 78th minute, lifting 10th-ranked Portland to a 1-0 victory over No. 3 Washington in the third round of the NCAA tournament before 2,347 spectators at Husky Soccer Field today.

The Pilots (17-3) advance to the quarterfinals to play No. 7 seed Penn State (22-2-1). The date and location of that game will be announced tomorrow.

Talbott's decisive tally was her 14th goal of the season and her seventh-game winner. Her brilliant 22-yard shot from the center of the field brushed the post in the upper-right portion of the goal at 77:16 Talbott gained possession of the ball after teammate Kylee Barton stripped it from a Husky defender.

"Kylee and another defender got into a tackle and the ball popped out a little bit," Talbott explained. "I was able to pick it up and could tell a defender was coming onto me, so I shot it far post and it went in. (Hope Solo) is an outstanding goalkeeper. She has a reach like none other, and she can get up, so if you are going to put it up in the air you'd better send it as far post as possible because she can get a hand on it."

Solo saved two shots for the Huskies, including a deflection of point-blank attempt by Talbott two minutes into the second half. Solo was replaced in goal by senior Leslie Weeks during the 82nd minute to move onto the field as a forward.

"Vanessa scored a fabulous goal," said coach Clive Charles whose Pilots are playing in their eighth NCAA Tournament and have made the semifinals four times, including a championship game appearance in 1995. "It was a very good game, a tough game, a typical playoff game. This was two very evenly-matched teams, and we knew that one goal would probably win it either way."

Senior Cheryl Loveless saved two shots en route to her 12th shutout for the Pilots who outshot Washington 10-5. After a first half in which neither team had any dangerous chances, Portland posted an 8-4 shot advantage.

Today marked the third time these teams clashed in the NCAA tournament. Portland won the two previous meetings, 1-0 in 1995 and 1996 in Portland.

The Huskies won a 2-1 decision at Portland September 23, their only victory in 13 all-time meetings with the Pilots.

Pacific-10 Conference champion, the tournamentís No. 2 seed, Washington (18-3) ended its best season with school records for victories (18) and consecutive victories while advancing to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time.

"Games like this wouldn't be any fun if they weren't heartbreaking for the loser," Washington coach Lesle Gallimore said. "Certainly, we are disappointed not to be moving on in the tournament, but with that said, nobody can take away from us what kind of season our kids have had. Winning a Pac-10 Championship, getting the No. 2 seed in the tournament and playing as well as they have all year has been just an honor for me to a part of."

The loss ended the careers of five UW seniors, including Tami Bennett and Theresa Wagner who together own nearly every school scoring record. Bennett has the Husky records for goals in a career (34) and single season (16) along with game-winning goals in a career (12) and season (7).

Wagner is the Huskies' all-time leader with 80 career points, as well as most assists in a career (26), season (12) and game (4).


[7] UCLA 4, [9] Texas A&M 0

LOS ANGELES -- Stephanie Rigamat scored twice to help No. 7 UCLA to a convincing 4-0 decision over ninth-ranked Texas A&M (18-7) at Drake Stadium.

The Bruins (17-3-1), the tournamentís sixth seed will visit third-seeded Clemson Saturday in the quarterfinals. Clemson beat UCLA 1-0 at the Clemson\Nike Kickoff Classic on August 25

"Obviously I'm extremely pleased that we're advancing," said UCLA coach Jillian Ellis. "I'm very happy for our players. I think they've worked hard all year and our goal is to get to the final four and that was step number two for us. I thought A&M gave us a great game in the first half and we really struggled and it was apparent we had a match on our hands. Give credit to (A&M), they play great soccer."

UCLA, which last reached the NCAA quarterfinals once previously in 1997, went ahead 1-0 in the 24th minute Stephanie Rigamat dribbled down the right side of the field and tucked in a sharp-angled shot, just beating Texas A&M goalkeeper Esther Thompson.

Rigamat increased the margin to 2-0 in the 71st minute of play when she volleyed in a perfect Breana Boling cross from about five yards out.

Bruins freshman Sarah-Gayle Swanson put UCLA ahead 3-0 at 78:53 when she received a pass from Venus James for a one-on-one opportunity with Thompson who she beat from eight yards. With that goal, her team-leading 14th of the season, Swanson tied the UCLA single-season freshman records for goals and points. Both records were set by Traci Arkenberg in 1994.

Bruin senior Tracey Milburn capped off the scoring in the 90th minute of play when she gathered a ball in the far right side of the A&M box, banking in a shot off an Aggies defender into the right side of the goal.

UCLA now has 14 shutouts on the season and has allowed just seven goals. The Bruins have outscored their opponents by an astonishing 72-7 margin.

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