Wisconsin 1, Portland 0
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Lars Hansen scored in the 74th minute Friday, and Wisconsin advanced to its first NCAA soccer final with a 1-0 victory over Portland.
The game was played before a crowd of 21,319, the largest crowd for a college soccer game in the United States. Virginia, the four-time defending champion, played Duke later Friday in the second semifinal.
Wisconsin (19-4-1), in the Final Four for the first time, wasted several chances before Hansen took a pass from Mike Gentile and beat goalkeeper Todd Lawton with 26:31 remaining.
Shea Huston, who had been foiled by a diving save by Lawton in the second minute, also was credited with an assist after starting the scoring sequence by playing the ball to Gentile on the end line.
Portland (16-3-3) was playing without scoring leader Davide Xausa _ suspended because of yellow cards. Portland’s best chance was in the second minute of the second half, when Khary Knowles’ header off an indirect free kick by Andrew Gregor hit the crossbar.
Jon Belskis, who moved into the Badgers’ lineup when regular goalkeeper Todd Wilson dislocated an elbow in the second round against William & Mary, made only one save in extending the Badgers’ shutout string to six games. He had not allowed a goal in 231 minutes during the playoffs.
It was Wisconsin’s 16th shutout in 24 games.
The Pilots deprived coach Clive Charles from becoming the first coach ever to lead a men’s and women’s team to the championship game in the same year. Portland lost 1-0 to Notre Dame in last weekend’s women’s final.