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Talbott records another winner as Portland edges Penn State 1-0; UCLA is 2-1 winner over Clemson.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (Saturday, November 25, 2000) -- For the second straight week, senior striker Vanessa Talbott tallied the lone goal to give No. 10 Portland an NCAA tournament road victory. Tonight, Talbott’s game-winner came 10 minutes into sudden death for a 1-0 decision over sixth-ranked Penn State in a quarterfinal before 696 fans.

Portland (18-3) advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the fifth time and will meet UCLA Friday at Spartan Stadium on the San Jose State campus. The visiting seventh-ranked Bruins (18-3-1) eliminated No. 5 Clemson (19-3-1).

Talbott scored from 25 yards after collecting a rebound at 100:58 to eliminate the tournament’s seventh seed. A week earlier, the Pilots sent Washington, the second seed, packing.

"I saw that the goalie had collided with one of our players and the ball came right to me," said Talbott who has 46 career goals. "I guess I was just in the right place at the right time. I was able to chip it high enough to get the ball over the head of their last defender and have it drop into the net."

Despite being outplayed, , Penn State (22-3-1) nearly took a 1-0 lead into intermission when forward Heidi Drummond beat UP goalkeeper Cheryl Loveless only to see it be saved off the line by defender Erin Goodling.

In the second half, Penn State controlled much of the play, outshooting the Pilots 8-3, but Loveless made several key saves to preserve the shutout.

"I thought it was a game of two halves," Portland coach Clive Charles said. "We had the edge in the first and they put a lot of pressure on us in the second. In the overtime we continued to work hard and were rewarded with the goal. From the quarterfinals on, every game is like this. One little play, one bounce, a ball that hits the post is often the difference between winning and losing."

The Nittany Lions finished their season by equaling the school record for victories, their third consecutive Big Ten championship and second conference tournament title.

"I thought we did enough to score a goal or two," Penn State coach Patrick Farmer said. "We played much better in the second half but their goalie did a good job and we were unlucky on some shots."


[7] UCLA 2, [5] Clemson 1

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Breana Boling netted the decisive tally in the 60th minute off an assist from twin sister Krista to help No. 7 UCLA to a 2-1 triumph over fifth-ranked Clemson before 798 at Historic Riggs Field.

It was the first time the sister had combined for a goal during their junior seasons and it earned them a ticket home to San Jose, Calif., which is also the site of the Women’s College Cup semifinals (Friday) and title match (Sunday).

UCLA, heading to its first Final Four, avenged a 1-0 loss to the Tigers August 25 at Clemson. "It was a motivation for us having lost to them earlier," Bruins coach Jillian Ellis said. "We felt like the underdog and I like that role."

"It was a very intense, hard fought game. It was a battle," UCLA coach Jillian Ellis said. "We lost to Clemson in the season opener and after that game I told my team that we would be back. This game could've gone either way. We are happy to be going to the Final Four. I wanted this so badly for my team. I really haven't thought about it personally. I wanted it for my seniors. It's a great reward for them."

Krista Boling sent a ball from the far right corner that was deflected by Clemson goalkeeper Katie Carson near the right corner of the goal. Breana Boling controlled the loose ball and booted home her fifth goal of the season from point-blank range to make it 2-1 at 59:16

Clemson (19-3-1) twice watched attempts to tie carom off the crossbar in the final 16 minutes. First, Heather Beem's shot from 30 yards was tipped off the frame by UCLA keeper Cici Peterson. With 5:40 left, Allison Mitchell headed a ball from in front that Peterson again tipped off the bar.

UCLA (18-3-1) had the upper hand over the first 29 minutes of the contest, outshooting the Lady Tigers 7-0, including Lindsay Greco’s seventh goal for a 1-0 advantage at 15:01. Junior Stephanie Rigamat chased down a deflection off Clemson defender Nancy Augustyniak on the right wing and passed to just above the penalty area where Greco booted the ball past Carson. Rigamat chalked up her team-leading 11th assist.

"We have been getting better and better early in games," Ellis said. "We are a high octane team. To come out and score first gave us confidence that we could play with them. I was proud of the way we played the first 15 minutes. We played very well early. I told the team if they can keep playing that way in the second half, we can win."

Deliah Arrington’s, who scored the winner over UCLA in August, recorded her 12th tally of the season to allow Clemson to pull even at 1-1 at 35:39. The sophomore striker took a lead pass from Lindsay Browne, eluded Peterson and sent a low shot from the left side into the right corner of the net. Brown’s was given her 12th assist.

Arrington's goal was just the eighth yielded by the Bruins in 2000.

"You have to give credit to UCLA," Clemson coach Ray Leoe said. "This loss hurts. When you invest so much time and energy into a season it is difficult to take. I am proud of my team. We improved to a point where we had the quarterfinals match at home and that is important. We played hard enough, but we did not play well enough. UCLA had a lot to do with that.

"This team accomplished so much this year. It is heart breaking that we did not make it to the Final Four. The seniors are crying, but when they look back they will see they accomplished a lot."

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