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Viera's Portland Pilots fall in NCAA tourney

A pair of PKs in the second half force overtime, and Illinois gets the golden goal in the 100th minute to sink the Pilots.


by: FILE PHOTO - Ariel Viera shoots for her 99th career goal during her senior season at Scappoose High School. Now starting on defense for the Portland Pilots, Viera was part of a team which finished 17-3-1 and fell in the second round of the NCAA tournament.The Portland Pilots, new home of Scappoose alumni and scoring sensation Ariel Viera, have been knocked from the 2013 NCAA women's soccer tournament. The Pilots traveled to Lincoln, Neb. to face the University of Illinois and fell 4-3 in overtime, ending their NCAA title bid.

Portland got off to a 2-0 lead in the match, thanks to goals from senior Micaela Capelle and freshman Danica Evans. Vanessa DiBernardo pulled a goal back for Illinois in the 53rd minute, but Parkes Kendrick picked up a rebound and put it in the back of the net to give the Pilots a 3-1 lead with 31 minutes remaining.

That's where the run started to fall off for the Pilots. A foul near the edge of the 18 yard box awarded a penalty kick to Illinois in the 69th minute, and another PK with 6:31 remaining pulled Illinois even at 3 goals a piece.

The match went to overtime, where either team can win on a golden goal, but the period belonged to Illinois. The Fighting Illini knocked in the game winner, a strike from Jannelle Flaws, to sink the Pilots.

Viera, who saw extensive time as a defender, played 20 games for the Pilots, tied for a team high. She finished with two shots, but no goals a year after finishing a stellar career at Scappoose High School.

SUMMARY:

At Husker Soccer Field, Lincoln, Neb.

Illinois 0-4 – 4

Portland 2-1 – 3

Goals:

1. 9', Portland, Capelle (Kendrick)

2. 27', Portland, Evans (Capelle)

3. 53', Illinois, DiBernardo (Unassisted)

4. 59', Portland, Kendrick (Unassisted)

5. 59', Illinois, DiBernardo (Penalty kick)

6. 69', Illinois, DiBernardo (Penalty kick)

7. 100'. Illinois, Flaws (Unassisted)