Nov. 29, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers overcame 16 Portland shots with a plethora of spectacular saves to defeat the Pilots 1-0 in an NCAA Third Round game played on Sunday afternoon at Klockner Stadium. UVA goalkeeper Diego Restrepo made six saves as the Pilots end the season with a 12-6-5 record.
Virginia (16-3-3) runs its unbeaten streak to 13 games and advances to the quarterfinals, where they'll host ACC rival Maryland on Friday night.
"Virginia is a very good side and I wish them all the best," said Portland head coach Bill Irwin. "We came in here and gave them all they can handle. We did our program proud and I have nothing but admiration for our guys."
The Pilots had to overcome two tough road games to get to this point, winning 2-1 at both New Mexico and North Carolina State during the opening rounds of the NCAA tourney.
"We had to travel, which is fine," Irwin added. "Because we're going to give it everything we have no matter what."
The first half on Sunday was a back-and-forth battle as UVA ended the first 45 minutes with a slight 8-6 edge in shots. UP freshman Ricardo Carillo had a dangerous strike in the second minute, but Restrepo made the first of his many saves. Carillo was able to break free in the right side of the box before sending a shot towards Restrepo, who made a kick save.
The two teams then exchanged shots before Portland junior Ryan Luke nearly gave the Pilots a 1-nil lead towards the end of the half. Luke received a pass in the left side of the 18-yard box, turned and cracked one towards the far post. Restrepo made a diving save and pushed it just wide of the right post.
Then in the opening minute of the second half, UVA took control with the game's only goal. The play began when Shawn Barry sent a long ball into the right corner of the Portland half of the field. Tony Tchani then drove a cross towards the back post where Ari Dimas finished with a one-timer. UP junior goalkeeper Austin Guerrero was able to slow the shot down, but it still trickled over the goal line before Portland defender Ryan Kawulok was able to clear it.
The Cavaliers, who haven't allowed a goal in 10 straight games and have only allowed seven all season, then packed it in and weathered the Portland attack. The Pilots peppered the UVA goal with 10 second-half shots looking for the equalizer.
Portland senior Collen Warner had an opportunity in the 74th, but once again Restrepo came up with the stop. On a give-and-go with junior Jarad vanSchaik, Warner cracked one towards the right post from a tough angle from the left side. Restrepo laid out for the save before UVA cleared.
"I had a tight angle and their keeper made a good save," Warner said. "Once I got into the box, I just tried to make something happen.
The Pilots finished with a 16-12 advantage in shots and had nine corner kicks to UVA's three.
"They are a very good team defensively and their keeper came up with several fantastic saves," UP senior midfielder Drew Chrostek said. "It's easy to see why they haven't allowed a goal in nine games."
Guerrero matched Restrepo with six saves.
(Story courtesy of University of Portland Sports Information)