Defending NCAA Champion Portland Beats UW Women

Sept. 29, 2006

PORTLAND, Ore. - Michelle Enyeart scored twice to ignite an early flurry of three goals in just over six minutes for defending NCAA women's soccer champion Portland, which defeated Washington 5-0 on Friday night at Merlo Field.

The Huskies completed the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 5-6 record. That is a marked improvement from last season's 0-8-3 record outside Pac-10 play. Fourth-ranked Portland won its fifth consecutive game, improving to 8-2-1 overall.

Enyeart opened the scoring in the 11th minute. She outraced UW goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen to a through ball from teammate Rachael Rapinoe and sent a low drive into the net at 10:27. Enyeart struck again les than five minutes later on a seven-yard shot off a cross from Megan Sweeeney. Angie Woznuk also assisted on the Pilots second goal, at 15:04.

Kelli Cronkrite recorded Portland's third goal in a span of 6:06. She netted an unassisted 35-yard strike at 16:33.

The Pilots added a pair of second-half goals, both by Kendra Chandhoke. Enyeart set up the fourth UP score that Chandhoke finished with a seven-yard shot inside the left post at 51:16. Woznuk picked up her second assist on the final goal, a shot from inside the box by Chandhoke at 70:30.

Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) registered four saves for the Huskies, who were outshot by a 14-5 margin.

Junior Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) attempted two shots for UW, a first-half effort that was blocked and a second-half try from the top of the box that was saved.

Sophomore Melissa Beal (Portland, Ore.) had a close shot saved with just over a minute remaining until halftime. Freshman Veronica Perez-Murillo (San Mateo, Calif.) and sophomore Jenna Robinson (Livermore, Calif.) had the other two Husky shots.

Cori Alexander and Ruth Gilliam combined for the Pilots' seventh shutout. Alexander was credited with both of the team's saves before Gilliam entered in the 64th minute.

The Huskies remain on the road for three more games, beginning with their Pac-10 opener, Sunday, Oct. 8 at Washington State.

Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.
Friday, Sept. 29, 2006

(#4) Portland 5, Washington 0

Scoring --1, UP, Michelle Enyeart (Rachael Rapinoe), 10:27. 2, UP, Enyeart (Angie Woznuk, Megan Sweeney), 15:04. 3, UP, Kelli Cronkrite, 16:33. 4, UP, Kendra Chandhoke (Enyeart), 51:16. 5. UP, Chandhoke (Woznuk), 70:30.

Shots -- UW 5, UP 14.
Saves -- UW 5 (Kelsey Rasmussen 4, Taylor Carr), UP 2 (Cori Alexander 2, Ruth Gilliam).
Corner Kicks -- UW 0, UP 4.
Fouls -- UW 15, UP 10.
Offsides -- UW 0, UP 2.
Attendance -- 4,892.

Records -- Washington 5-6-0, Portland 8-2-1.

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