D.C. United hands Portland its first MLS home loss

Late goals by Pontius, Wolff lead the way

May 30, 2011|By Sports Digest

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United hands Portland its first MLS home loss

Chris Pontius and Josh Wolff scored late in the second half as D.C. United handed the expansion Portland Timbers their first home loss in Major League Soccer, 3-2, on Sunday. Perry Kitchen also scored for United, which overcame a strange sequence in the second half when Portland converted a penalty on its third attempt to even the score at 1. Kenny Cooper, the son of the former Blast coach of the same name, tried two straight penalty kicks that were saved by Bill Hamid, who was ruled to have come off his line early before both shots, and Jack Jewsbury scored on the third attempt in the 68th minute for the Timbers. United answered when Pontius converted a penalty in the 75th and Wolff added a goal in the 85th, giving D.C. (4-4-3) the lead it needed to hold off Portland. Jorge Perlaza scored in the 88th for the Timbers (5-4-2), but it wasn't enough to preserve their unbeaten home record. Portland had won its first four home games. United won away from home for just second time in five matches this season to extend its unbeaten streak to four.

Women's college tennis: Johns Hopkins junior Carolyn Warren lost, 6-2, 6-0, to Chicago's Kendra Higgins in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III singles championship Saturday in Claremont, Calif., ending her season with a 16-8 record. Warren earned All-America honors with her first-round win and advanced further in the tournament than any player in program history.

Men's college outdoor track and field: UMES junior Ackeem Smith has qualified to run the 110-meter hurdles semifinal round in the NCAA Division I championship in Des Moines, Iowa. Smith ran the 110-meter hurdles quarterfinal in 13.90 seconds Saturday in Bloomington, Ind., a season best that earned him 12th place and a spot in the semifinal round.

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