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COLLEGE SOCCER: Stunning OT goal caps Illinois rally as Pilots fall in NCAAs

by: COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND - Parkes Kendrick, a freshman from Grant High, got her first college goal Friday morning, but the Portland Pilots lost 4-3 in overtime to Illinois in round two of the NCAA playoffs.LINCOLN, Neb — Kickoff temperature was about 20 degrees, and snow was on parts of the field, but neither cold nor snow stopped the Portland Pilots on Friday morning.

Instead, it was two penalty kicks and a sudden-death overtime goal that booted Portland from the NCAA tournament after two rounds — and left the Pilots, a 4-3 loser, scratching their heads.

Illinois, down 2-0 at halftime, rallied with PKs to force OT, then put the Pilots away in the 99th minute on a point-blank open shot by Jannelle Flaws after a quick restart mix-up got the ball to her alone in the box.

An Illinois foul gave Portland a free kick just outside the goal area with slightly more than a minute left in the first 10-minute overtime, but before the Pilots could take the kick, Illinois' Megan Pawloski came in and passed to Flaws. The referee allowed the goal to stand, calling the ball in play as it rolled between two UP defenders, who watched as Pawloski came up with her steal.

UP's season ended at 17-3-1, while Illinois (11-8-3) will play a third-round match here at 11 a.m. Sunday against the winner of Friday's later game between Nebraska and Boston College.

Micaela Capelle scored in the 11th minute, and Danica Evans got a goal in the 27th minute to get the Pilots off to a great start.

Freshman Parkes Kendrick's third assist of the season led to Capelle's ninth goal.

Capelle assisted on Evans' score, her fifth of the year.

Illinois, which pushed forward well most of the second half, tightened up things with a goal in the 53rd minute from the top of the box.

Kendrick, from Grant High, scored in the 59th minute — her first college goal — to make it 3-1 Pilots. Evans got an assist, as her shot rebounded at an angle, from where Kendrick was able to capitalize with a tough shot.

Illinois made things interesting again with a penalty kick in the 68th minute.

Another PK, in the 83rd minute, evened the score at 3-3.

Portland goalie Erin Dees made a lunging, pressure save in the final minute of regulation, and the teams went to the Golden Goal OT.

Illinois led in shots 24-11 and corner kicks 8-1.

The Pilots were ranked seventh in the Division I coaches poll. The Illini were unranked and went 5-5-1 in Big Ten play.

Flaws' game-winner was her fifth GW this season and gave her an NCAA-leading and single-season school-record 23 goals in 2013.

The 5-7 junior from Glenview, Ill., who was the Big Ten forward of the year, also got Illinois' second goal Friday, on the team's first PK.