Nov. 11, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The University of Portland Pilots women's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs after a thrilling shootout with the Oregon State Beavers Friday night at Paul Lorenz Field. While the first 110 minutes of soccer produced a 1-1 tie, Portland emerged victorious in PK's, edging the host Beavers by a 7-6 margin.
The Pilots (9-9-2) shot first in the shootout, with sophomore MF Ellen Parker finding the back of the net to get things going. After Oregon State's (13-5-3) first attempt missed wide left, Portland held the advantage until OSU goalkeeper Colleen Boyd saved an attempt from Pilots senior F Danielle Foxhoven, allowing the Beavers to knot it up at 2-2. The teams traded makes until the final matchup.
Sophomore GK Erin Dees, who replaced senior GK Hailee DeYoung for the PK period, gave the Pilots the 7-6 lead. Following her dramatic goal, Dees stepped into the box for OSU's attempt. With the crowd on the edge of their seats, OSU's attempt rattled off the crossbar, sealing the victory for Portland as the Pilot faithful erupted and the team rushed the field.
"Our fans made an amazing effort on a rainy Friday night to make this feel like a home game," head coach Garrett Smith said following the match. "It was awesome to see Pilot fans pour into the stadium with their support, and to hear the Villa Drum Squad arrive just before kickoff really energized the team."
Oregon State posted the first goal of the match in 52nd minute when Brittney Oljar sent a cross from the right wing to the top of the box. Justyne Freud picked up the pass and buried it inside the left post for the 1-nil advantage.
DeYoung produced some big saves for the Pilots in the second half as the Beavers peppered the goal with shots. In the span of two minutes, DeYoung saved two OSU shots to keep the Pilots within one, giving the offense a chance to break through.
DeYoung finished the night with six saves as Portland responded with the equalizer in the 69th minute. By masterfully maintaining possession, Parker set-up the goal by sneaking a pass thru the OSU defense to an open Amanda Frisbie. Given a one-on-one opportunity against the keeper, Frisbie punched the ball passed Boyd to tie the match.
Next up for the Pilots is a rematch with the Florida State Seminoles on Friday, November 18. The Pilots defeated the No. 1-seeded Seminoles by a 2-1 margin back on August 21 in the season opener at Merlo Field.