Oct. 22, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A questionable University of Portland goal in the 96th minute of the match lifted the fifth-ranked Pilots to an 2-1 overtime win over the University of San Diego women's soccer team Sunday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at Torero Stadium.
With the score knotted at 1-1 and just 3:23 remaining in the overtime period, Portland's Michelle Enyeart scored the game-winning goal as she fired a hard shot at USD goalkeeper Karen Cook. The ball somehow hit cook, then got behind her and into the net. However, there was a discussion of the officials after the goal was scored because it appeared to the USD players, coaching staff and Torero fans that Enyeart was offsides. But the officials ruled in favor of the Pilots, thus giving Portland the win.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 9-8-0 and 1-3-0 in the WCC. With the win, the Pilots improve to 13-3-2 overall and 3-1-1 in the WCC.
USD got on the boards first as Leigh Ann Robinson tallied her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Freshman midfielder Giuliana Longmire sent a pass over the heads of the Portland defensive line and Robinson's blazing speed allowed her to get ahead of the Portland defenders. Robinson then fired a laser shot to the far corner of the net out of the reach of the Portland goalkeeper to give USD the 1-0 lead.
The Toreros would hold on to the lead for 28 minutes until the Pilots were able to even things up in the 69th minute of the match. Kendra Chandhoke controlled a cross from Rachael Rapinoe and took a shot from 10 yards out to beat Cook, thus evening the score at 1-1.
The Pilots had a decisive shot advantage over USD at 21-9, but USD had a 10-7 advantage in corner kicks.
Cook took the loss in goal for the Toreros allowing two goals and recording three saves. Her counterpart, Cori Alexander, was credited with the win for the Pilots allowing one goal and recording four saves.
The Toreros will return to the pitch on Wednesday as they host cross-town rival San Diego State University in a 7 p.m. non-conference match at Torero Stadium.