Nov. 16, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Freshman Danica Evans scored the game-winner, senior Amanda Frisbie added an insurance goal and the Portland defense recorded the shutout as the Pilots defeated the Seattle U Redhawks 1-0 in an NCAA First Round game played on Saturday night at Merlo Field. It's the ninth shutout on the year for the Pilots (17-2-1), who advance past the first round of the NCAA playoffs for the 14th consecutive year.
"Tonight was a great win for the pilots," Portland head coach Garrett Smith said. "Our style of play is well-suited for the playoffs. We're patient, we're deliberate and we're effective and it was nice to see our seniors and our freshmen step up to create that first goal.
"We played great team defense all night long and we didn't get rattled."
The Pilots controlled possession during the entire night against the Redhawks (17-3-2), the WAC Champions who were making their first appearance in the NCAA DI playoffs. The Portland defense held SU to just one shot for most of the night before the Redhawks were able to attempt two more after falling behind.
It's the 17th career shutout for senior goalkeeper Erin Dees, who made one save on the night to help end SU's 15-match winning streak.
Dees and the Pilots got all the offense they would need in the 78th minute when Portland's patient attack paid off. Ellie Boon had possession inside the left side of the box and made an extra touch to make it around an SU defender. The Washougal, Wash., then sent a low cross towards the center of the box that Micaela Capelle left for Evans, who buried a shot into the back of the net.
The Pilots then made it a two-goal lead after Frisbie converted a PK in the 89th minute. The free attempt was awarded to Portland after hard tackle on Capelle, who had beat the SU defense with possession inside the 18. Frisbie, the West Coast Conference Defender of the Year, did the rest for her eighth goal of the year, which matches Capelle for the team-high.
Evans's picks up her first career game-winner as the Pilots finished with an 11-3 advantage in shots.
The Pilots, who are making their 14th straight playoff appearance and their 21st overall, move on to face the Illinois Illini in the second round. Illinois advanced past Washington State on Saturday 3-1 on PK's after playing to a 0-0 draw.
"Illinois made it past a tough Washington State team, who we faced last year and know how good they are," said Smith. "It should be a battle next week in Nebraska."
The second-round game against Illinois is set for Friday in Lincoln, Neb., where the No. 2 seeded Huskers are hosting the second and third rounds. Illinois, out of the Big Ten conference, received an at-large bid after going 10-8-3.