Oct. 4, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. - Danielle Foxhoven scored a pair of goals and No. 3 Portland defeated visiting No. 25 Washington State 2-1 in nonconference women's soccer at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex, Sunday.
Portland (11-1-0) improved to 5-0-0 against Pacific-10 Conference opponents this season while Washington State (7-3-0) had its four-match winning streak snapped.
Foxhoven gave the Pilots a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute when her shot from 15 yards out hit the right post and caromed into the net inside the left post. In the 57th minute, the Cougars were whistled for a foul in the penalty area and Foxhoven converted the ensuing penalty kick for a 2-0 advantage.
"We expected it to be a tough game and it was, but I was very proud of the way we finished both halves," Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "Against quality teams, when you find yourself down goals, it is a difficult hill to climb, but we found out a little bit more about our team. It was the perfect match to prepare us for what is coming as we move forward into Pac-10 play. We are very excited about our progress and can take a lot of good parts from today heading into conference."
Senior forward Kiersten Dallstream gave WSU life with a goal in the 73rd minute. Dallstream received a pass with her back to the goal 35 yards out. She beat a defender, dribbled and blasted a shot into the upper left corner from 24 yards out to pull the Cougars within 2-1.
WSU had a couple of chances to net the equalizer in the closing minutes. With less than five minutes left, sophomore Ali Fenter sent a shot toward the right post off a Cougar corner kick. However, Portland defender Elli Reed cleared the ball off the line. The ball went directly to senior Carly Dobratz and her header went just above the crossbar.
In the 89th minute, freshman Brandi Vega has a 1-v-1 opportunity with the Pilots' goalkeeper Kelsey Davis. Vega's bid to knot the match from 20 yards out was denied on a lunging save by Davis that preserved the victory for Portland.
The Cougars open Pac-10 action at Washington, Friday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., and then conclude nonconference play with a noon match at Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 11.
Washington State scored in school-record 10th-straight match to open a season...goal was just the sixth given up by Portland this season in 12 matches...senior Kiersten Dallstream moved into sole possession of eighth place on the WSU single-season goal list with 11 and into a tie for 10th place on the Cougars' single-season points list with 24...Dallstream has scored a point in seven-straight matches, the third-longest streak in WSU history behind a 12-match streak in 1990-91 and an eight-match streak in 1991 by Cougar legend Kim Lynass.