Nov. 24, 2007
Portland - 3
Tennessee - 0
PORTLAND, Ore. - Sophomore Michelle Enyeart scored two goals and freshman Sophie Schmidt added two assists as the Portland Pilots defeated the Tennessee Lady Vols 3-0 in a NCAA third round match at Merlo Field on Saturday. Portland ran its shutout streak to a school record nine matches before a raucous crowd of 4,841.
The Pilots (18-3-0) advance to set up another rematch with the UCLA Bruins, a 2-1 winner over Virginia on Friday. Portland was ousted from the 2006 playoffs in a quarterfinal loss at UCLA, a 2-1 come-from-behind win. The Pilots defeated the Bruins 4-0 in the 2005 NCAA championship match.
The 2007 quarterfinal match is scheduled for Friday, November 30 at 6 p.m. at Drake Stadium.
Saturday was all Portland as the Lady Vols (15-5-2) offered little resistance to the Pilot attack. UP outshot the Lady Vols by a 28-8 margin, including a 16-3 edge in shots on goal. If not for the brilliant play of UT goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson, who recorded 12 saves, the margin would have been much wider.
Enyeart put the Pilots on top early with a strike in the 16th minute. Schmidt fed her at the top of the box and after cutting back to her right, Enyeart ripped a shot to the low right past a diving Johnson. Two minutes later, Schmidt's shot from the near right was initially stopped by Johnson. A UT defender tried to clear the loose ball out of the goal box, but senior midfielder Natalie Budge charged hard and punched the rebound into the back of the net. It was Budge's sixth goal of the season and Schmidt's seventh assist.
Enyeart capped the scoring with a bullet from the top of the arc to the upper right corner in the 47th frame. All-American defender Stephanie Lopez freed Enyeart with a brilliant run down the left flank. Enyeart has a team-leading 11 goals this season for the Pilots.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Davis made three saves to record the team's 14th shutout on the season. Portland is outscoring opponents 33-1 during its current 11-match winning streak, including a 9-0 edge in three playoff wins.
November 24, 2007
NCAA Women's Soccer Third Round Playoffs
Portland vs. Tennessee Quote Sheet
Head Coach Angela Kelly (on Portland): That's the most dynamic offensive team from the Portland side that I've ever seen. I would be shocked if they don't win the national championship this year.
Kelly (on the what hurt Tennessee the most): We were a step slow in the defensive third, and if you're a step late, it's a domino effect. As soon as they got that one goal, it was like they drew blood and wanted more.
Kelly (on her team): I'm very proud of my team and I wouldn't trade any of my girls for the world. They competed and they had a great mentality and that's all I ask for.
Kelly (on Jaimel Johnson): She's a tremendous goalkeeper. Her shot-stopping ability is the best in the country and she has my vote for the best keeper in the country.
Jaimel Johnson (on setting a career high in saves): If the ball gets past the defense, than it's my job to come up with saves. That's just part of the game.
Kylee Rossi: We were going to battle the whole time and we weren't ever going to give up. That's just our philosophy.
Head Coach Garrett Smith: The team came out and started exactly the way we wanted to. We had a lot of energy and it was great to be back at home seeing our team play at Merlo Field. But probably the most important thing about the game was that we came out with that exact same intensity in the second half and we scored our third goal and at that point put the game away.
Sophie Schmidt (on her two assists): I have tremendous confidence in my teammates. I know that they'll get the job done and put the ball away. It was important for us to be able to get the game in control and I felt tremendous joy seeing my teammates being able to score.
Michelle Enyeart (on Schmidt's assist to her goal): It was nice to get ahead early. She played a great ball through that I was able to finish. It was a great start to the game.
Enyeart (on UP's energy): It's the third round of the playoffs and we know that it is the last game if we lose. All the teams have to come out with a high level of energy and we have to try and put one away no matter how long it takes.
Schmidt (on UP's defense): We have a tremendous back four, goalkeeper and midfielders. It's nerve-settling to know that they're back there and they will correct anything that happens. It gives us the opportunity to be more creative with how we play, which is a great thing.
Schmidt (on Tennessee): It was a battle out there from start to finish. Every ball we had to fight for. Those goals we had to fight for. Even with ten minutes left, they were still going at us. They never ceased to push us.
Smith (on Tennessee): You've got to give Tennessee a lot of credit. It's never easy going into someone else's place and in front of their crowd. There was fight in them to the very end, and it shows a lot about the character of their program. They're a program that's been in the playoffs before and they'll continue to be in the playoffs and I know that they're going to succeed in the future because that fight is in them.
Enyeart (on UCLA): Unlike before, it is do or die now and hopefully we will come out and we'll get the better of them this time.
Schmidt (on UCLA): We have taken tremendous strides since the last time we played UCLA, in terms of healthy bodies, confidence in ourselves and enjoying the way we play. UCLA is not to be taken lightly, but I have tremendous confidence in the group we have now that we can get the job done.