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CU, Portland Set to Battle for Soccer Sweet 16

Nov 17, 2007

BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's soccer team will face the No. 2 seed University of Portland this Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at Prentup Field for the right to play in the Sweet 16 of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.


The Buffs reached the second round thanks to goals from junior Gianna DeSaverio and freshman Mel Hicks in the 2-0 win over Hawai'i on Friday.  DeSaverio's goal was the first goal the Rainbow Wahine had allowed in six matches.


Colorado claimed its ninth shutout this season in the first round match and this is only the fourth time in program history that the Buffs have recorded nine or more shutouts in a single season.


CU is led offensively by sophomore Nikki Marshall and junior Gianna DeSaverio.  Marshall is the team's leading scorer with nine goals and two assists for 20 points.  DeSaverio has added five goals and two assists, including the gamewinner against Hawai'i.  Sophomore Kara Linder is Colorado's goalkeeper and she owns a 0.27 GAA this season, giving up only two goals in 11 games.


The Pilots are riding a nine-game winning streak after shutting out Denver 5-0 Friday afternoon.  Portland is led by Michelle Enyeart with nine goals and 14 assists for 32 points.  Kelsey Davis is UP's netminder and owns a 0.38 GAA, 0.868 save percentage and eight shutouts.


Sunday will be the third time the teams have ever met.  Portland leads the all-time series 2-0 over Colorado.


Comcast SportsNet Northwest will be televising the game live on Sunday for those in the Portland area.  For local fans, FSN Rocky Mountain has announced that they will be picking up the feed and televising it live as well.  Metro State women's soccer head coach Danny Sanchez will be the game analyst and Tim Neverett will call the action for the contest.


Tickets are available at, at Prentup Field on gameday, or by calling 303-49-BUFFS. Prices are $7 for adults, $3 for kids 12 and under, DU and UP students and seniors, and $1 for kids under five.  The gates will open at noon, and there is no re-entry permitted.  Parking at Colorado Soccer is free.