-- Christine Sinclair beat Penn State goalkeeper Erin McLeod with the clinching penalty kick Friday night, sending Portland to the title game at the NCAA Women's College Cup.
Two of the nation's top five scoring teams went scoreless for 110 minutes -- the 90-minute regulation and two overtimes -- before Sinclair beat her teammate from the Canadian national team to give the Pilots a 4-3 win in the penalty kick shootout.
Portland (22-0-2), playing in its eighth College Cup, will go for its second national title Sunday against UCLA, which got two goals from Christina DiMartino in a 4-0 victory over Florida State.
Penn State (23-0-2) has lost in all three of its semifinal appearances in the last six years. The Nittany Lions lost to North Carolina in 1999 and Portland in 2002.
Each team converted two of its first three penalty kicks in the shootout before Portland keeper Cori Alexander stopped a shot by Heather Tomko. Colleen Salisbury then beat McLeod with a low shot to the corner to give Portland the advantage.
After Penn State forward Sheree Gray scored, Sinclair won it when McLeod guessed wrong and dived to her left as Sinclair ripped a simple shot into the opposite corner.
Sinclair had the two best shots of the overtime periods, launching one off the right post and getting stopped by McLeod on a point-blank chance.
UCLA (22-1-2), which lost to Notre Dame on penalty kicks in last year's title game, has never won a championship.
The Bruins scored twice in the final seven minutes of the first half to take control Friday. DiMartino sent a shot past the Florida State defense in the 39th minute. Four minutes later, Danesha Adams scored on a header off Iris Mora's free kick from the wing.
DiMartino scored again 14 minutes into the second half, lofting a right-footed shot over goalkeeper Ali Mims. Kara Lang scored in the 78th minute.