Sept. 12, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. - Senior Michelle Enyeart recorded her first career hat trick as the No. 3 Portland Pilots defeated No. 11 Illinois by a 4-1 margin in front of 3,524 fans Friday night at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. The game was the second of the Nike Invitational as Miami (Fla.) defeated Washington 1-0 in the early contest.

Portland (6-0) peppered the Fighting Illini with numerous scoring chances in the opening minutes with Enyeart putting up the first score just 5:25 into the action. Freshman Kendall Johnson, making her first start as a Pilot, started the sequence with a run into the left side of the box. Her cross bounced around between a few players before Enyeart took control and drilled a shot into the low left.

The Pilots went up 2-0 in the 12th minute when junior midfielder Kendra Chandhoke attacked a corner kick serviced by Danielle Foxhoven with a short header for her first goal of the season.

Portland took a 3-0 lead into the half when Enyeart was sprung into a 1-v-1 with Illinois goalkeeper Alexandra Kapicka on a nifty through ball from Sophie Schmidt in the 28th minute. Enyeart tapped the ball around the oncoming keeper and then sharply finished from right to left just before the retreating Illini defenders could get to the goal line.

The match was played more evenly in the second half and Illinois broke up the shutout in the 61st minute when Marissa Mykines blasted a shot off the left post and in from the top of the 18-yard box.

Portland wasted little time in getting the goal back as Enyeart scored her hat trick 28 seconds later after taking a cross from sophomore Halley Kreminski.

Portland held an 18-11 edge in shots and 4-1 margin in corner kicks for the match. Pilot goalkeeper Kelsey Davis made five saves, while Kapicka had seven quality saves for Illinois (3-2-1).

The Nike Invitational will conclude with a doubleheader on Sunday. Washington will face Illinois at noon, followed by Portland and Miami at 2:30 p.m. for the tournament title.