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Late PK for Huskies Ends Pilots' Season

Nov. 26, 2007

Washington - 1
Portland - 0

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington Huskies scored on a penalty kick in the 86th minute to defeat the Portland Pilots 1-0 in an NCAA First Round game on a chilly Friday night at Husky Soccer Field. Ely Allen went low, inside the right post with the game-winner.

UW (9-7-4) was awarded the penalty kick when the referees ruled that Portland (10-6-5) defender Brayton Knapp took down Washington's Matt Van Houten in the 18-yard box.

Portland then went on the offensive and replaced a defender with freshman midfielder Frankie Lopez. The move nearly worked with less than three minutes remaining when Elliott sent a well-placed cross into the box. The header from senior Eric Fredback went just over the crossbar.

"It's a tough loss," Portland head coach Bill Irwin said. "We gave it everything we had and played our hearts out. UW is well-coached with a lot of talent and it's always a battle when we play here."

The Huskies held a 12-10 edge in shots for the game, including a 5-2 margin in shots on goal. Guerrero recorded four saves, while UW keeper Stephen Fung stopped two shots.

Washington had a couple of chances in the 38th minute, but Guerrero thwarted both attempts. First on a failed clearance, Casey Cunningham created a one-v-one opportunity and went low with a shot towards the left post. Guerrero made the stop, deflecting the ball out of bounds. On the ensuing UW corner kick, Taylor Mueller headed a shot towards the UP goal, but Guerrero came up with another save.

Junior Steven Hosseinmardi had Portland's lone shot on goal in the first half. On a loose ball in the Washington 18-yard box, Hosseinmardi took a crack with his back towards the goal that was saved by UW keeper Steven Fung. The Huskies held a 7-3 edge on shots in the first stanza.

Washington had an excellent opportunity with an open net in the 57th minute. Guerrero came off his line to challenge Raphael Cox, who was on a break away. Cox made a move around Guerrero and sent a cross into the area. Ellis McLoughlin settled the pass and ripped a shot towards the unmanned goal that was blocked by Fredback.

Moments later, Guerrero kept it a scoreless game with a spectacular save on a shot that was blistered by Cox. From just outside the box, Cox sent a frozen rope towards the right post, Guerrero laid out for his fourth save of the match.

The Huskies advance to play No. 12 seed and defending champion UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday.