NCAA women's tournament
Drummond scores twice, Oleksiuk stops eight as Penn State blanks UConn 2-0, moves to quarterfinal meeting with No. 1 Tar Heels.
STORRS, Conn. (Saturday, November 24, 2001) -- Sophomore striker Heidi Drummond scored twice in the second half to lead eighth-ranked Penn State to a 2-0 victory over No. 13 Connecticut in an NCAA tournament third-round match before 854 at Morrone Stadium this afternoon.
The Nittany Lions (21-3-1) advanced to a quarterfinal visit to top-ranked, two-time defending champion North Carolina which edged Rutgers 2-1. The Huskies, losing an NCAA postseason outing at home since a 1-0 quarterfinal setback to Santa Clara in December 1, 1996, finished their season at 18-6.
Penn State senior goalkeeper senior goalkeeper Emily Oleksiuk contributed eight saves to the triumph.
After an evenly-matched first half, PSU jumped ahead 1-0 with 61:16 elapsed after junior striker Christie Welsh sent a ball into the penalty area. In the midst of a scramble, freshman defender Stephanie Pezzullo managed to get a foot on the ball, putting it right by Drummond's feet. Despite being on the ground in front of the net, Drummond was able to push a shot over the goal line.
Drummond gave the Lions a 2-0 lead at 75:55 when she stripped UConn defender Casey Zimny, touched forward into the box and nailed a shot into the net’s upper left corner. It was Drummond’s second consecutive two-goal effort.
"It was an exciting game. You have to give UConn a lot of credit. They they did a great job creating opportunities," PSU coach Paula Wilkins said. "I am happy to get a win and I am happy to move on."
Although the Huskies had opportunities in the first half and down the stretch, Oleksiuk, earning her ninth shutout, and her defense were up to the task.
"Emily thrives in this environment," Wilkins said. "She did a great job. She is the kind of goalie who wins games for you and she did that today."
PSU defeated the Huskies 2-0 at the KeyBank Classic in South Bend, Ind., early this season.
Huskies senior keeper Shanna Caldwell recorded three saves, but, for the first time in 2001, allowed two goals in a game.
 Portland 4,  Nebraska 0
PORTLAND, Ore -- Christine Sinclair and Betsy Barr scored first-half goals allowing No. 4 Portland to roll over 10th-ranked Nebraska 4-0 in a third-round match before 1,991 at Merlo Field.
The Pilots (19-3) will host seventh-ranked Texas A&M Sunday, December 2 here at 3 p.m. (ET) in the quarterfinals.
Portland defeated Nebraska (17-5-1) for the second time this season on Merlo Field following a 3-0 decision in October.
Sinclair’s 21st goal of the season put the Pilots ahead 1-0 with 32:46 gone. Kristen Rogers took the ball wide down the right flank, then drove a bending cross which deflected off a Nebraska defender to Sinclair, alone on the left side. Nebraska keeper Erin Miller had come out to get the cross, leaving Sinclair and open net to shoot at.
With intermission approaching, Lisa Casagrande carried deep down the left side, then abruptly crossed into the box where Barr went horizontal for a diving header that stunned the Nebraska defense for a 2-0 advantage at 44:00.
"The goal just before the half was the tough one for us," said Nebraska coach John Walker. "Portland was the best team we’ve played this year. I have no problem with our effort. Portland just has a good professional approach to the game. They’re the toughest team in the country to come back on an equalize. They play with a maturity you don’t see at the college level."
Portland’s third goal again came off a cross from Brooke O’Hanley to Emily Patterson who quickly touched twice and then shot under Miller at 77:24.
Kristen Moore slotted a ball under a Nebraska tackle out front to Mussallem, who charged Miller and then slotted her shot under the Nebraska netminder to make it 4-0 at 86:19.
"The girls had a very professional performance today, getting a quality win," said Portland coach Clive Charles. "We changed our system a bit from the last time we played them, and forced them to chase."
Portland outshot Nebraska 17-10, forcing six saves from Miller. Cristin Shea made three saves for the Pilots who have not yet permitted a goal in the NCAA tournament.
 Santa Clara 2, Dartmouth 0
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Aly Wagner and Jessica Ballweg contributed the tallies for No. 2 Santa Clara which recorded a 2-0 third-round shutout of Dartmouth before 1,017 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Midfielder Aly Wagner gave the Broncos (20-2) the lead for good with a penalty kick, her 14th goal, with 8:42 elapsed after Veronica Zepeda was taken down in the penalty area.
Santa Clara dominated the remainder of the half, taking 19 of its 25 shots before intermission, requiring Big Green keeper Julia Shields to make 10 first-half saves.
Danielle Slayton led an SCU defense that stepped up big in the rain and mud, not allowing a single shot in the first half and only in the game. Erin Sharpe made the save for the Broncos before giving way to Alyssa Sobolik who saw her first action in nearly three weeks following a knee injury.
In the 58th minute when Jessica Ballweg scored her fourth goal from five yards after Slayton’s corner kick was headed to her feet by Devvyn Hawkins.