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Post by A_Fan on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:45 pm

Pilots to Host a Pair of Key WCC Matches at Merlo Field

PORTLAND PILOTS (8-4-3, 2-1-1 WCC)

vs. #18 PEPPERDINE WAVES (12-4-0, 3-1-0 WCC)

Date: Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

Location: Portland, Ore.

Kick-off: 7:00 p.m.

Pitch: Merlo Field (4,892)

Live Video/Audio:

Live Stats:


Overall Series: 14-3-1

Here: 8-1-0

There: 6-2-1

Neutral: 0-0-0

Last: @PEPP 2, POR 1 (Oct. 30, 2011)

PORTLAND PILOTS (8-4-3, 2-1-1 WCC)


Date: Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012

Location: Portland, Ore.

Kick-off: 1:00 p.m.

Pitch: Merlo Field (4,892)

Live Video/Audio:

Live Stats:


Overall Series: 18-0-1

Here: 9-0-0

There: 8-0-1

Neutral: 0-0-0

Last: POR 1, @LMU 0 (Oct. 28, 2011)


• The Pilots will look to remain in the hunt for the West Coast Conference title when they host the No. 18 Pepperdine Waves and the Loyola Marymount Lions at Merlo Field this weekend.

• On Friday night, the Waves visit for a 7 p.m. match, while Sunday’s game against the Lions is scheduled for 1 p.m.

• 2012 Olympic gold medalist and former UP standout Megan Rapinoe will attend Sunday’s game against LMU, and the midfielder will be honored with a halftime ceremony before taking part in a post-game autograph zone.


• The Pilots went on the road last weekend and picked up a pair of key WCC wins.

• On Friday night in front of a national television audience, Rebekah Kurle buried the game-winner in the 100th minute as the Pilots topped the San Diego Toreros 2-1 in San Diego, Calif.; the game was broadcast live on ESPNU.

• Freshman Devlyn Jeter gave Portland a 1-nil lead in the 50th minute with her first collegiate goal, and USD’s Emily Dillon equalized in the 63rd.

• In Moraga, Calif., on Sunday, Amanda Frisbie scored twice, goalkeeper Erin Dees made six saves and the Pilots blanked the Saint Mary’s Gaels 3-0; Kaila Cameli also scored for the Pilots.


• The Pilots are No. 24 in the NCAA’s most recent RPI rankings; the WCC has four teams in the RPI top 25, as Portland is joined by No. 5 BYU, No. 8 Santa Clara and No. 16 Pepperdine; the RPI is used to help determine the NCAA post-season field.

• Amanda Frisbie has been named the WCC Player of the Week twice this season; her first honor came after she scored four goals during a 5-0 win over Fresno State on Aug. 31; she earned her second WCC accolade on Sept. 17.

• Ellen Parker was also named the league player of the week after notching the game-winner against #4 North Carolina during the season opener.

• Portland leads the nation in attendance and is averaging home crowds of 3,567 fans per game; UP has had three sellouts this season at Merlo Field, which has a capacity of 4,892.

• Portland has led the nation in attendance for the seven straight years.

• UP has advanced to at least the second round of the NCAA playoffs for 12 straight years.

• Portland won the NCAA National Championship in 2002 and in 2005.

• Head coach Garrett Smith has been named the WCC Coach of the Year five times.


• 2012 Olympic gold medalist and former UP standout Megan Rapinoe will attend Sunday’s game against LMU, and the midfielder will be honored with a halftime ceremony before taking part in a post-game autograph zone.

• Rapinoe and Team USA claimed the women’s soccer gold medal in London last summer with a 2-1 win over Japan in the gold medal game in front of a crowd of 80,203 at famed Wembley Stadium; Rapinoe had three goals and three assists during the Olympic games.

• Rapinoe (2005-08) was an All-American midfielder for the Pilots, and she helped Portland win the NCAA Championship as a freshman in 2005.

• Rapinoe, who battled through a pair of knee injuries while at UP, was the 2008 WCC Player of the Year and she is among the school’s top 10 list in both points (88) and assists (28).


• Portland fans filled Merlo Field to its capacity again on Oct. 13 for the BYU game, giving the Pilots three sellout home games this season.

• Portland has also had capacity crowds for Oregon (Aug. 24) and Notre Dame (Sept. 7).

• The Pilots lead the nation in attendance, averaging 3,567 fans per game (32,100 total, 9 home games), and Portland has already surpassed last season’s total of 31,103 fans (10 games).

• UP has now topped the 30,000-fan plateau for eight straight years.

• Portland owns the NCAA record for attendance in a season (47,082), which happened in 2008.

• The Pilots have topped the 40,000-fan mark three times (2008-10) and have reached that figure four times overall, which is the most in the country.


• During Portland’s 5-0 win over Fresno State on Aug. 31, Amanda Frisbie became the 16th player in program history to score four goals in one game.

• The last to accomplish the feat was Danielle Foxhoven against USF on Oct. 25, 2009.

• The five-goal margin of victory was the largest for the Pilots since a 9-0 win over UT-San Antonio in the opening round of the 2010 playoffs.


• Amanda Frisbie leads the WCC in both points (23) and points per game (1.53), ranks second in goals (9) and goals per game (0.60) and is fourth in assists (5) and assists per game (0.33).

• Kaila Cameli is third in the WCC in goals per game (0.57) and fourth in goals (Cool, while Michelle Cruz is fourth in assists (5).

• As a team, the Pilots rank first in per game attendance (3,567), are second in goals per game (1.93), fewest goals allowed (15) and goals against average (0.95) and are third in goals (29), points (80) and shutouts (6).


• In 2002, under the guidance of legendary coach Clive Charles, the University of Portland won its first NCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship.

• The Pilots, featuring then-sophomore Christine Sinclair, capped a cinderella season by defeating conference foe Santa Clara 2-1 in the national title game in double overtime.

• UP celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its first national title with a ceremony during halftime of the game against San Diego State at Merlo Field on Oct. 7; 16 members from that 2002 squad attended the celebration.


• Former standout forward Danielle Foxhoven has returned to The Bluff as an assistant coach.

• Prior to retuning to Portland, Foxhoven spent six months playing professionally in Russia following her graduation last December.

• Foxhoven, who was a finalist for the 2011 NCAA Women of the Year, concluded her career (2008-11) with 57 goals, which trails only Christine Sinclair, Tiffeny Milbrett and Shannon MacMillan on the program’s all-time charts.

• The native of Littleton, Colo., also ranks fourth in points (139), sixth in goals per game (0.66), tied for seventh in game-winners (15) and ranks eighth in points per game (1.60).


• The Portland women’s soccer team was named a recipient of a 2012 Spirit of Portland award, joining 18 other individuals and organizations that “have helped make Portland a better place.”

• Spirit of Portland awards have been given annually by the City of Portland since 1985 to recognize those who have made a positive difference in the community.

• Portland City Commissioners Nick Fish, who nominated the team, and Amanda Fritz presented the Spirit of Portland award to the team during a pre-game ceremony before the SDSU game.

• The UP women’s soccer team has a long history of community service, including working with Harper’s Playground and the Ronald McDonald House.


• The 2012 London Summer Olympics were historic for the University of Portland as alums Megan Rapinoe, Christine Sinclair and Sophie Schmidt each left London with some new hardware.

• Rapinoe and the US took gold, while Schmidt, Sinclair and Team Canada claimed the bronze for Canada’s first Olympic medal in women’s soccer.

• When all was said and done, the University of Portland (3) claimed more medals than Greece (2), and UP would have finished ahead of 31 countries in the final medal tally.


• The women’s soccer blog is back by popular demand, and this year it’s Kendall Johnson who has taking on blogging duties for the Pilots; be sure to bookmark to follow Kendall and the Pilots all season long!

• UP features two bloggers this season, as espnW has tapped Micaela Capelle for a season-long blog as well; just visit to check out Micaela’s thoughts.


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