Aug. 22, 2010

Courtesy of Portland Athletics

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
Sophomore Taylor Brooke and freshman Micaela Capelle came off the bench and to each record a first-half goal as the No. 5 Portland Pilots defeated Cal State Northridge 2-1 Sunday night at Matador Soccer Field. Portland improves to 2-0 on the season, while the Matadors drop to 0-2.

Brooke started the scoring with a goal in the 31st minute, just six minutes after entering the contest. Seniors Elli Reed and Sophie Schmidt connected on the left side of the field and Reed found Brooke at the far post. She took one touch before finishing firmly to the lower left of frame. 

Capelle followed up with the eventual game-winner just before halftime. Junior striker Halley Kreminski flicked on a ball at midfiled and Capelle sprinted past the defense into a 1-v-1 with the goalkeeper. The freshmen toe-poked her finish to the left for her first career goal just 22 seconds before the half.
 
The Matadors picked up the pace in the second half and pulled within one on a redirected goal off of a Pilot defender in the 58th minute. Sonia Espitia drilled a shot at UP center back Michelle Olivier that caromed off of her and left freshman goalkeeper Erin Dees no chance to recover. It was the first shot on frame in the game for the Matadors.
 
Portland was granted a penalty kick in the 79th minute after a handball in the box by a Matador defender, but Northridge goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo made a diving save on Kellin Winters’ PK attempt to keep it a one-goal deficit.
 
The Matadors nearly equalized in the final minute with a flurry of four shots. A header by Stephanie Galarze off of a corner kick was saved by Dees and Galarze’s rebound attempt was blocked. Portland blocked another attempt from the Matadors 10 seconds later and Northridge was given a free kick with less than 20 seconds left in regulation near the corner. The service was good and Desiree Cardines put a header on frame, but Dees tipped it off the crossbar and out of play as time expired.

Portland had a 15-8 edge in shots for the match and 8-1 margin in corner kicks.