Portland Holds Off Stingy Oregon State, 1-0
Sept. 26, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. - Sophomore midfielder Charney Burk's second half goal held up as the No. 4 Portland Pilots beat No. 22 Oregon State 1-0 before 4,238 fans at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex Friday night. Portland improves to 9-1-0 on the season, while the Beavers had their seven-game winning streak snapped and fall to 7-2-0.
Burk notched the game-winner, her first goal of the season, in the 55th minute after a nice run by senior Michelle Enyeart. After running into space down the right sideline, Enyeart raced by the Oregon State defense and toed the endline into the penalty area. Her cross found junior Kendra Chandhoke, whose initial shot was blocked. Burk gathered the ball and sent her shot to the open net from 12 yards out.
It was one of the few times throughout the game that the ball seemingly bounced right for the Pilots. Despite racking up a 21-8 edge in shots and 12-4 margin in corner kicks, Portland struggled to find the back of the net.
In the first half alone the Pilots had two shots go off the post, another cleared off the goal line by an Oregon State player, and a goal called back by an offside infraction. Beavers' goalkeeper Colleen Boyd did her part with six saves in the match, including two fingertip saves in the early going on shots by Danielle Foxhoven and Enyeart.
Oregon State forced Pilot goalkeeper Kelsey Davis into four saves on the night. Davis recorded her fourth shutout of the season.
It was a homecoming for Beavers head coach Linus Rhode and assistant coach Michelle Voiland, who each played for the Pilots in the mid-1990s. Rhode was a senior captain on the 1995 UP men's team that reached the NCAA semifinals, while Voiland was a senior on UP's 1994 women's College Cup team.
Portland will get the rest of the weekend off and focus on two matches next week. Portland hosts Montana on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. and Washington State on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m.
The Friday match will be one of many LIVESTRONG Day events, which is the Lance Armstrong Foundation's (LAF) one-day initiative to unite people affected by cancer in raising awareness of cancer issues in communities across the world. The first 1,000 fans at the event will receive a free LIVESTRONG wristband courtesy of Nike. Fans attending the match can also honor those that have fought or are fighting cancer by writing their name on yellow links, which will be available at the main entrance. The links will then be chained together and displayed on the field at halftime. During introductions prior to kickoff, the University will also recognize 11 cancer survivors with the Pilots' starting lineup.