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Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:16 am

WSU comes in Friday for the back-to-school game.

They beat Hawaii 3-1 on the strength of a hat trick by Eileen Maes, for which she was named Pac12 POW.

I'm not sure what changes they have since the Spring game we played with them.


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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:37 pm

Most of my questions about the lineup were answered Sunday. The one I have left is the striker pairing. I would expect a few different combinations to see what works, and maybe Cameli to get more than a couple minutes.

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Post by purple passion on Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:45 pm

One change since the spring scrimmage is the addition of Freshman Nicole Setterlund. She was the captain of Canada's U17 team and played with Sophie on the White Caps team.
One thing I noticed from their roster is three from BC and one from Australia. That is interesting since the state of Washington has some high quality HS players...who I am guessing are opting for further south for college.

I think the FSU game prepared the Pilots for this Wazoo team...we will see.

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Post by Auto-Pilot on Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:16 am

This from Our Game Magazine, who ranks WA at #21:

"Despite losing four seniors to graduation, Coach Leslie Galimore will return a core group of players...The Huskies backline remains relatively intact, with Hannah Greig as the lone starter from 2010 lost to graduation. More importantly, the Huskies will have All-PAC 10 goalkeeper Jorde Lafontaine-Kussmann between the pipes once again, in addition to senior defender Kate Deines, who capped off an impressive 2010 season with a spring 2011 invite to the US U-23 team. Offensively the Huskies lose Kellye Joswick, Jane Mitchell, and McKenna Waitley, who combined for 26 points, but have a strong freshman class on their way to fill the holes. Two players boast US Youth National Team experience, including Chelsea Archer (forward, Oakland, CA), and Megan Kufeld (goalkeeper, Fremont, CA). The Huskies will play a non-conference schedule that includes BYU, Wisconsin, and Portland before engaging in PAC 12 play Sept. 23 against UCLA."


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Post by A_Fan on Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:14 am

Not sure what this has to do with Washington State.

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Post by OldePilot on Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:37 am

I'm sure just looking ahead to September 9 Very Happy

Just so we don't overlook the Coogs in the meantime.

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Post by Auto-Pilot on Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:57 am

Oops! Getting ahead of myself. Just reading Our Game Magazine.

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Post by purple passion on Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:10 am

WSU coach speaks about Cougars last game and upcoming game against Portland. It was hard for me to hear (old ears) the questioner, but I played it twice to get the gist of it all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4uD8fI7V52Y

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Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:24 am

Don't forget the bite on the bluff before the game.

Usually some pretty good eats.

Noon to game time

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Post by A_Fan on Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:51 pm

This is a list of the vendors who are scheduled to be at the Bite: Cha Cha Cha, Kettle Korn, East Side Deli, Lilikoi, Ate-oh-Ate’s, Subway, Thai Cottage, Philly’s Best, Dano’s Dogs

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Post by UPSoccerFanatic on Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:48 pm

I didn't see Frank at the Florida State game, and a parent asked me about him. Has anyone seen him?

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Post by A_Fan on Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:10 am

I think I saw him at practice on Wednesday. I was a ways away, but it sure looked like him sitting in a chair right up next to the coaches, which is where he normally has been when I've seen him at practices in the past.

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:27 pm

That was one where you just take the three points and get out of there. Looked like Portland's conditioning was a big help in the second half. They started winning headers and beating Cougars to the ball. The back line did a good job for the most part too.

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Post by gnarly on Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:42 pm

Where was Cloee tonight? Looked like Halley was taking her place.

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:52 pm

gnarly wrote:Where was Cloee tonight? Looked like Halley was taking her place.
On the bench next to Kendall. Why? Don't know.

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Re: Washington State

Post by dwm on Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:05 pm

We really missed Cloee and Kendall (not to mention all the departed graduates).

But guess what?
I'm almost too embarrassed to crow about something this meaningless, but not quite.

WSU and FSU defeated their opponents other than UP, and those opponents in turn have several wins, a tie, and no losses other than WSU and FSU, and that places the Pilots in sole possession of first place in RPI, as of tonight.

http://www.nc-soccer.com/wsoccer/2011/

[sound of wood knocking]


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Post by Geezaldinho on Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:30 pm

pretty early to take that seriously. but I agree it's still fun Very Happy

Get used to UP playing without Kendall. I think it will be only an outside chance she will play at all this year. ACL's can take a year to heal, as we have found the last few years.

I watched practice Wednesday, and I think holding Cloee out was precautionary for a muscle strain or something. its a long season, we have to think long term.

But I though Halley did a great job at holding mid. Not often you see a forward who can do that (err, except maybe Sophie)

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Post by Harry Redknapp on Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:11 am

If Halley is great at holding mid maybe Cloee can go back to center defence?

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Post by A_Fan on Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:52 am

And bring Taylor in to the game a little earlier?

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Post by golaso on Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:43 am

i don't know how people aren't talking about this...
halley was by far the most dominant player on the field last night...playing a position she has never truly played. her tackles, positioning, distribution...washington state's only option was to go around her.
looking forward, i don't see how Garrett can move her out of that spot. i knew halley was a good player, but after watching her last night, she not only showed she belongs on the field (not on the bench) but that she can dominate.
move cloee back to center back. although the girls didn't give up a goal, the back four was far from solid. move emma to outside back, her natural position, and push cruz forward as we all have to be honest and admit that for a team that thrives on outside mids to spark out attack, our wings have not been good enough so far. cruz should help with that.

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Post by purple haze on Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:55 am

WSU and FSU were teams I'm glad the Pilots played at home and not on the road. Tomorrow's match at San Diego State will tell us a bit more about how the team is coming along.

The first half was an offensive no-show for UP, with the exception of Dani's rocket off the crossbar. The scoreboard showed only a single shot on goal for UP, while WSU had 3 though none were scary. WSU showed little finishing skill in the final 3rd of the field, mercifully, and the Pilots D rose to the occasion.

The lineup reflected changes due to Cloee's absence (she was dressed except for cleats). Halley started as a high-energy defending mid and asserted herself until being taken out due to leg cramps (apparently) with 2 minutes left. Them Kassi went in as a rare 5th back-line defender. Emily Sipple continues to earn time as a sub at outside mid.

For my own selfish reasons I want to see more Taylor Brooke. She has the speed to break down defenses and has ball skills that open things up for the attack. So far she's been a late substitute though she could be a starter.

Frisbie's goal was excellent and not typical of how the Pilots prefer to make their attack. Michaela took advantage when a WSU defender misplayed a high bouncing ball at midfield, and made a perfect pass to Frisbie, who outran the defense half the length of the pitch and put a pinpoint shot into a low corner. Really a pro strike! This lightning attack really stood out in contrast to the slow, patient, work-it-around-the-perimeter game the team favors (and which many fans near my seat bemoan).

A shutout is good, a win is good, a gorgeous night at Merlo is great.

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Post by wrv on Sat Aug 27, 2011 12:35 pm

The second half was far more offensively effective than the first--whether Mr. Smith has some insight for the players to employ on the field or simply provides motivation, the Pilots certainly seemed a more determined team on the offensive half after intermission.

Burke has speed and threatened the goal on a couple of nice shots. In addition to those mentioned I thought Ellen Parker had a good game. Foxhoven too.

I wonder if Sipple remains guarded in her play or is adjusting to the level. Thought Kurle looked winded after only a few minutes.

Enjoyable game and crowd on a beautiful cool August evening.

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Post by purple haze on Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:17 pm

I just found the interview with Halley that was posted Thursday.

Wonder if it was an omen that she would be starting? No doubt she was a force in the middle on defense and also a threat to score. She took one long-range shot with power. [url=http://www.portlandpilots.com/news/2011/8/25/WSOC_0825113054.aspx]

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Post by ejjqb on Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:49 pm

The tone of this game took a decided change for the better when Sipple subbed in for Kurrle. Her attacking mentality seemed to catch on right away and continued throughout the second half. Fortunately Kurrle seemed to get in the flow better when she returned. Her first half was simply too much slowing things down and too many balls given up with soft passes and heal passes to the other team ( I know some say to only be positive here but that's the reality).

It's becoming pretty clear so far that the strength of this team comes from the aggressive attacking mentality of Foxhoven, Capell, Brooke and Kreminski. Sipple appears to possess the same ability and if Kurrle and Camelli play with the same approach, these gals will be scoring a lot more goals. I just loved the way Brooke started forcing her way to the 50/50 balls and refusing to lose them. Too many others did not in the first half.

I agree that Halley was the star of the game. She showed just how versatile she is and that must make Garrett's job a little easier as the season progresses. Shades of Keelin. She actually made some good runs into the attacking end with good results. Also agree that moving Emma to the outside would be a good move and when Garrett decides to play Olivier and Kassi together, the defense could easily support that.

The second half showed some great potential for this team and I am looking forward to seeing them develop from here.

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