No. 4 Portland Slips Past Cougars, 2-1

Oct. 5, 2006

PORTLAND, Ore. - Washington State women's soccer gave No. 4 Portland a scare Thursday as the Pilots escaped with 2-1 win over the Cougars at Merlo Field. WSU take a 5-4-2 record into Pacific-10 Conference play.

The Cougars posted their lone tally early in the second half pushing the score to 2-1 at the 48:13 mark as Allison Scurich got her head on a free kick crossed into the box by Anna Miller. The tally marks the first of Scurich's WSU career and the first goal the Pilots have given up in 633:08 minutes of play.

The Pilots were first on the scoreboard at the 28:16 mark as Rachael Rapinoe collected a deflected ball and buried a shot in the Cougar net from seven yards out. Portland's Natalie Budge earned an assist on the play.

Portland struck again in the 40th minute as Budge beat the WSU defense and fired a shot far post just out of reach of diving Cougar keeper, Amber Wittmers. Michelle Enyeart was credited with an assist on the goal.

WSU put on the pressure late in the second half nearly tying match with just 3:26 remaining in regulation as Kiersten Dallstream beat several Pilot defenders and sent a chip shot just high over the Portland crossbar.

Washington State recorded seven shots in the contest paced by Dallstream with two, while Portland tallied 10. Wittmers grabbed two saves in 45:00 minutes of play and the Cougars saw the return of keeper Brynn Bemis who turned in 45:00 minutes of work after sitting out the last seven games with a knee injury.

The Cougars return to Lower Soccer Field where they open Pac-10 play against cross-state rival Washington Sunday, Oct. 8 at noon.

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