Aug. 26, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. - Amanda Frisbee's second half goal was the difference as No. 4 Portland defeated visiting Washington State 1-0 in nonconference women's soccer, Friday night.
Early in the 65th minute, Micaela Capelle created a turnover for the Pilots (2-0-0) near midfield and sent a pass ahead to Frisbee who beat Washington State (1-1-0) goalkeeper Gurveen Clair 1v1 from 12 yards out inside the near left post.
In the fourth minute of the match, Portland missed a chance to go up a goal when Danielle Foxhoven's shot from the top of the box hit the crossbar. For the remainder of the half, Washington State was the more aggressive team as the Cougars outshot the Pilots 3-0, including two on frame, and generated the half's two corner kicks.
Washington State's best chance to net the equalizer was in the 69th minute, when a shot from the top of the box by freshman Jocelyn Jeffers was just wide of the near right post. The Cougars were outshot in the match 13-6, but held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Clair made six saves, all in the second half.
"There are many positives to take from tonight," Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "The disappointment of the loss is obvious and as competitors we are never happy to lose. The response of our student-athletes to execute the plan and the overall team performance gives us a reason to look forward with excitement and optimism.
"To handle the environment with over 4,000 in attendance with such youth bodes well. Portland is No. 4 for a reason. We leave knowing that the difference is in the small details.
"We have to regroup quickly. Sunday presents the next opportunity, with our home opener against Seattle, a team that is 3-0! We look forward to seeing a big crowd and playing in front of our own version of the Portland faithful!"
The Cougars return to Pullman for their home opener, Sunday against Seattle (3-0-0). The match is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Washington State freshmen Korynn Blanksma and Mesa Owsley each came off the bench in their collegiate debut...sophomore Katie Turney was a substitute in her season debut...redshirt-freshman Gurveen Clair made a career-high six saves...freshman Bethanie Skelton recorded her first-career shot...attendance was 4,402, the largest crowd in history for a Washington State road match and the third-largest overall to witness a Cougar soccer match.