Nov. 21, 2009

* Courtesy of Portland Athletics

PORTLAND, Ore. - Kendra Chandhoke and Danielle Foxhoven scored two goals each as the Portland Pilots defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies, 4-1, in an NCAA third round match Friday night before 3,906 fans at Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Chandhoke also added two assists as she was part of all four goals on the evening.

Portland advances to the NCAA quarterfinals and will meet No. 1 seed UCLA next weekend in Los Angeles. A game time and date will be announced on Monday. It will be the fourth meeting in the playoffs in the last five years for the two squads. Portland defeated the Bruins 4-1 in the 2005 title game, but UCLA has won the last two meetings on their home turf by one goal margins (2-1 in 2006; 3-2 in double OT in 2007).

The Pilots (21-1-0) wasted little time in getting the scoreboard lit up on Friday; notching the first goal of the game on the team's first shot in the fourth minute. Foxhoven was on the finishing end of a Chandhoke pass, scoring just inside the right post from the top of the penalty box.

The lead was short-lived though, as Virginia Tech (16-8-0) would equalize 95 seconds later. Julian Johnson received a pass in the penalty area from Robin Chidester with her back to the goal. She quickly turned and blasted a low shot to the left post and just out of reach of diving Pilot goalkeeper Kelsey Davis.

Portland would quickly regain control of the match with two more goals in the first 14 minutes of action. The Pilots' second goal was recorded by Chandhoke in the 10th minute. The play started with junior striker Sophie Schmidt testing Virginia Tech goalie Kristin Carden with a hard shot from the left side. Carden knocked the attempt into the air, but Foxhoven headed it right back on frame. A Hokies' defender cleared the header, but Chandhoke charged forward for the finish inside the right post.

In the 14th minute, Chandhoke played a nice slot pass to Foxhoven who sized up Carden on a 1-v-1 and deftly finished off the left post from 18 yards out. It was Foxhoven's 24th goal of the season, the fifth most in UP single-season history and tops in the nation this year.

Chandhoke capped the scoring in the 34th minute with a beautiful strike from a sharp angle. After running onto a pass from Schmidt in the right side of the box, she took one touch and then drilled her attempt top shelf. It was her ninth goal of the season.

The Pilots gained a 13-9 edge in shots for the match, while both sides had four corner kicks.

Portland, the highest scoring team in the nation this season, also established a new school scoring record for a season with 82 goals. The previous high was 79 during the team's run to a 23-0-2 record and second NCAA Championship. The 21 wins are also second most in Portland history.