July 13, 2006
KINGSTON, Ontario --- Trailing 1-0, University of Portland sophomore Alex Elliott scored in the 74th minute as the Canadian U-20 National Team tied its CONCACAF rival United States in front of a boisterous crowd at Richardson Stadium on the campus of Queens University on Sunday.
The game remained scoreless for the first 63 minutes before the U.S. broke through. In the 64th minute, a cross from the right flank found the head of American substitute Amaechi Igwe, whose glancing header skipped past Canadian goalie David Monsalve and settled into the left corner of the Canadian goal.
Ten minutes later, Elliott, another second-half substitute, quickly evened the contest with a thundering strike from 30 yards out. The Portland striker spun quickly in the middle of the U.S. half then hammered a right-footed shot that had the American keeper scrambling across his goal. Keeper Marcus Rein could only wave a hand at the shot as it sailed past him and into the roof of the goal.
Both teams shared chances in the dying moments of the game but could not break the deadlock.
"We got a superb goal from Alex (Elliott) to tie the game up and certainly energize the crowd," said Canadian Head Coach Dale Mitchell. "In the end, I think a draw was probably a fair result."
As a freshman last fall, Elliott led the Pilots with five goals to become the first UP freshman since current MLS star and U.S. National Team member Nate Jaqua in 2000 to lead the team in goals. Elliott also led the Pilots with 10 points, three game-winning goals, 49 shots and 27 shots on goal and was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team.
The Pilots kick off the 2006 season with a home match against New Mexico on August 26 at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. The Lobos lost 1-0 to Maryland in the 2005 College Cup championship game.