Oct. 2, 2010

Courtesy of Portland Athletics

The No. 4 Portland Pilots defeated the visiting Oregon Ducks 4-1 Friday night before a crowd of 4,458 at Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. The Pilots (11-1-0) scored three second half goals to break a 1-1 tie and cruise to their 13th consecutive victory over their in-state rival.

Senior defender Jessica Tsao, who assisted on Portland's first half goal, knocked in the game-winner in the 54th minute after executing a perfect give-and-go with freshman Micaela Capelle and finishing from close range inside the right post. It was the second career goal for the four-year starting right back.

Freshman Michelle Cruz gave the Pilots an insurance goal in the 61st minute with a tap-in from inside the six-yard box. Sophomore Taylor Brooke started the play with a nice through ball to Capelle. After a couple touches into the right of the penalty area, Capelle drew goalkeeper Cody Miles off her line and sent a perfect cross to an unmarked Cruz for a sitter.

Senior Sophie Schmidt capped the scoring with a 26-yard bullet off a free kick in the 87th minute that Miles got a glove on, but couldn't prevent from sneaking under the cross bar. It was Schmidt's fourth goal of the season.

The Pilots struck first in the seventh minute when Tsao found junior striker Halley Kreminski with a short cross from the right. Kreminski beat the defense to the near post and punched in her fourth goal of 2010.

Oregon (4-5-2) wasted little time in getting the goal back as leading scorer Jen Stoltenberg provided the equalizer 92 seconds later. Stoltenberg beat an offside trap by the Pilot defense and knocked her shot past UP freshman goalkeeper Erin Dees inside the right post for her eighth goal of the year.

Portland has now outscored opponents this season in the second half of games by a 20-2 margin, but is being outscored 7-6 in the first half.

The Pilots had an 18-5 advantage in shots for the game and 7-0 margin in corner kicks. Miles recorded five saves for the Ducks in the loss.

Portland will get a day off before returning to Merlo Field on Sunday for a doubleheader with the men's team. The UP women will host Washington (7-2-1) at noon, while the men will face Santa Clara at 2:30 p.m. Both games will have free audio/video and live stats at portlandpilots.com and will feature post-game autograph zones.