Lady Longhorns Host Sweet 16 Matchup vs. Portland

Best weekend ever for soccer in Texas. While penalty-kick shootouts are still a terrible way to end a soccer game, this week I've gotta say: 'They're a lot better when you win 'em.'

First, the Houston Dynamo nabbed the state's first Major League Soccer Cup (see below). And then on Monday, the UT Lady Longhorns edged past host Connecticut – 3-1 in spot kicks after a 1-1 draw through regulation and overtime – to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. The Horns had beaten Long Island University, 4-0, in the first round on Friday.

This weekend, UT will host the NCAA third round, as the No. 1-seeded Horns take on the defending national champion Portland Pilots, a rematch of the 2004 NCAA third round, when the Pilots ended UT's season, 2-0, also here in Austin. 1pm Sunday, Nov. 19, Mike A. Myers Stadium. $7, $4 students.

Game Notes:

Defender Kasey Moore scored in both games, each time on a Stephanie Logterman cross into the box. The duo have become a major offensive threat down the stretch; Moore now has four goals on the season.

Moore's goal came just about five minutes into the second half. The Huskies' equalizer came with about 20 minutes to play, on something of a fluke goal when keeper Dianne Pfenninger misjudged a bounce off the artificial turf surface and had the ball bounce over her head into the net.

The game had been originally scheduled for Sunday on the UConn campus in Storrs, Conn., but was postponed due to heavy rain, wind, and lightning, forcing the shift to Monday, and to the artificial turf field at the University of Hartford.

Senior goalie Dana Hall hasn't seen much action this year, but she made one of the big plays of the season on the offensive end on Monday, hitting the second of the Horns' PKs against UConn.

This was the Horns' second straight weekend to end in a shootout win; they won the Big 12 championship over Colorado the same way.

And from the "Doomed to Repeat History?" file: The Longhorns have only won an NCAA tournament game in one other season. In 2004, they won their first two tournament games, only to lose, 2-0, to these same Pilots, in this same third round, in this same Myers Stadium.

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