Nov. 14, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Pilots scored twice in the first half and twice more in the second to cruise to a 4-0 win over the Denver Pioneers in an NCAA First Round game on a chilly Friday night at Merlo Field. The Pilots win their 12th straight match and advance to the Second Round, where they'll face the Washington Huskies at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday at Merlo Field.

The Huskies eliminated the Ole Miss Rebels 1-0 at Merlo Field earlier on Friday.

"We got what we wanted," head coach Garrett Smith said. "We got a shut out, more goals, some players rested and we're ready to face a familiar foe in Washington in the Second Round."

Danielle Foxhoven, Sophie Schmidt and Taylor Brooke each scored a goal and handed out an assist for the Pilots. It's the first collegiate goal for Brooke.

Kendall Johnson accounted for UP's other goal.

The Pilots (19-1-0) took control of possession in the first half before Schmidt scored what would prove to be the game-winner in the 25th minute. On a corner kick, Foxhoven drove a low service into the area towards the near post. An alert Schmidt came flying through the defense to re-direct the cross into the side netting for her 12th goal of the season.

Eight minutes later, it was Foxhoven who capitalized on a perfect feed from Brooke. Brooke, a freshman midfielder, went through a flurry of moves before shaking the defender near the end line, right of the goal. She then fed an unmarked Foxhoven, who easily finished from the top of the six-yard box to give Portland the 2-nil advantage in the first half.

It was more of the same in the second half with Johnson, a freshman, and then Brooke finding the back of the net. Johnson's goal came on a feed from Schmidt from the right flank. A composed Johnson knocked the ball down, gathered herself and buried her second goal of the season into the right corner of the net.

Brooke's goal came from distance as she unleashed a world class strike from 25 yards out. Jessica Tsao set up Brooke, who went top shelf to make it a 4-0 UP lead.

The Pilots would hold on from there. Denver (17-6-1) attempted just two shots on the night, but both were on-goal. The first came from Kaitlin Bast who had an open look with the score tied at 0-0 in the first half. Bass cracked one towards the right post, but Portland keeper Kelsey Davis made a diving save.

In the second half, Kelli Breidenbach had a golden opportunity from point blank range, but again Davis came up huge to preserve the shutout.

Next up for the Pilots is the Washington Huskies, a team UP defeated 2-0 in Seattle, Wash., earlier this season.

"We have a great rivalry with Washington and we're happy for home field advantage," said Smith. "We need to keep our energy up, especially as the tournament goes on, and we need to keep doing what we're doing."