Portland 2, Texas 0



PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of Portland womens soccer team put forth another dominating effort, running to a 2-0 NCAA third-round win over 12th-seeded Texas (15-7-2) Friday night in front of 3,090 fans at Merlo Field. Defenders Kristen Moore and Emily Michaelson tallied the Pilot goals, both coming off corner kicks from junior All-American Lindsey Huie.

Portland (20-3-0) moves on to the quarterfinals and will face the winner of the Notre Dame and Connecticut match, which will be played tomorrow night. A Notre Dame victory would have the Pilots headed to South Bend, Ind., but a UConn win would mean one final match at Merlo Field next weekend. Date and time is to be announced.

"Once again it was a great team performance," said Pilot coach Garrett Smith. "I told my staff after the game that we just look solid right now. We are first to every lose ball and we make good passes. It is a great team performance through and through. You cannot ask for anything more out of a game versus a very potent Texas team."

The Pilots controlled the pace of play throughout and held a 20-6 shot advantage for the match, allowing just three shots on goal. Huie was a force in the midfield and on set pieces, leading to both Portland scores.

After spending a majority of the first half on the attacking third of the pitch, Portland took the lead in the 39th minute on their seventh corner kick of the half. Huie sent the ball towards the top of the arch to freshman striker Natalie Budge serving as a decoy. Budge left the ball through her legs and Moore rifled a 25-yard bullet under the crossbar after a run from midfield. It was Moores first goal of the season and ninth of her career. Four of those nine goals have come in postseason play.

The pressure did not let up after the break as Portland unleashed 11 second-half shots to the Longhorns three. Another corner kick by Huie led to Portlands insurance goal off the foot of freshman defender Emily Michaelson in the 72nd minute. Huies looping cross was deflected by Texas keeper Alex Gagarin. Michaelson was unmarked at the top of the six-yard box and flicked the ball between two defenders to the open net with the outside of her right foot. It was the first career goal for the Portland native on only her fifth shot of the season.

"We talked at half time about not falling asleep, because they can change the game in a heartbeat," Smith said. "We did exactly what we wanted to do in the playoffs, which is to shut the opposing team out."

The UP defense held on and the attack persisted, but the match settled at 2-0. It marks the third consecutive shutout for the Pilots, who have outscored opponents 8-0 through the first three rounds of the NCAA Playoffs. Huie had nine shots in the match compared to the six total shots Texas attempted. The two assists gives her a team-leading 14 on the season.

With the win, Portland records its third 20-win season in history. The 1995 Pilot squad won 20 games en route to the national championship game, while the 2001 Pilots finished with a 20-4-0 mark, falling in the College Cup semifinals.

-- Courtesy Portland