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Portland Holds Off Gonzaga in Front of Near-Capacity Crowd

Oct. 13, 2007

Portland - 3
Gonzaga - 1

PORTLAND, Ore. - Angie Woznuk had a goal and an assist, while Sophie Schmidt added two assists as the No. 8 Portland Pilots defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs 3-1 in the West Coast Conference opener for both schools. A crowd of 4,817 watched the Pilots (9-3-0) improve to 16-0 all-time against the Bulldogs (8-4-1).

Portland gained a 19-3 edge in shots for the match, including an 8-3 margin in shots on goal, but the Bulldogs evened the score in the 60th minute on a goal by Portland native Christine Soma. A cross sent in by Bulldog defender Kelcey Goddard bounced around the box and was not cleared as Soma ran on and beat freshman goalkeeper Hailee DeYoung to make it 1-1.

Portland quickly answered with strikes in the 73rd and 79th minutes, created by the forward combination of sophomore Michelle Enyeart and Schmidt. The first sequence happened when Schmidt won a throw-in in front of the Pilots bench. She quickly tossed the ball over two defenders to an unmarked Enyeart who was tripped up from behind by a Gonzaga defender and awarded a penalty kick. Woznuk stepped up to nail the PK, Portland's first of the 2007 season.

Schmidt then played a perfect through ball that Enyeart ran on to and touched around GU goalkeeper Jessie Thalman before finishing easily to the open net. It was Enyeart's third goal of the season to go along with 10 assists.

Schmidt, who scored two goals in her debut at forward against Oregon last week, recorded her first two assists this week.

Portland lit up the scoreboard first at the 17-minute mark of the first half on a header by sophomore Kendra Chandhoke. Schmidt headed a ball to Woznuk in the midfield and she sent a looping cross to the left post that Chandhoke finished to the right side for her fourth goal of the year. Woznuk now has five goals and six assists on the season.

The Pilots played with starting midfielders Elli Reed (ankle) and Keelin Winters (knee) for the first time this season. Both are listed as day-to-day.