Capelle scores to lift No. 10 Portland to 1-0 win against Pacific in WCC opener
STOCKTON, Calif. -- Senior Micaela Capelle scored her seventh goal in the past five games and the No. 10 Pilots recorded their second consecutive shutout as Portland opened play in the West Coast Conference with a 1-0 win against the Pacific Tigers on Saturday night at Knoles Field. The goal is the eighth overall this season for Capelle, who is the WCC's reigning player of the month.
It is the sixth consecutive win for the Pilots, who improve to 9-1-1 (1-0-0) on the year. Pacific, which is in its first year as a member of the WCC, drops to 1-8-2 (0-1-0 WCC).
After neither side was able to find the back of the net during the game's first 58 minutes, Capelle broke through after intercepting a back pass from a Pacific defender. Capelle then calmly finished inside the right post, past Tiger goalkeeper Tashia Long.
The Pilots, who controlled possession for the majority of the evening, would hold on from there to give Capelle her second game winner of the fall.
Portland did earn a handful of corner kicks throughout the second half, but was ultimately unable to capitalize. Senior defender Lorielle McCluskie got a head on a corner late in the match, but it was just wide of the left post.
The Pilots forced Long into three saves on the night, while Portland senior goalkeeper Erin Dees countered with a pair of stops. It's the fourth blank sheet for this season for Dees, who was never seriously threatened.
Capelle had four of Portland's eight shots, while the Pilots did well defensively to limit the Tigers to just four attempts on the night. The Pilots also had five corner kicks to Pacific's zero.