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Good Article from Today's Portland Tribune

Post by Stonehouse on Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:32 am

Jason VonderSmith of the Portland Tribune came through with a great article about the Rapinoes and also lots of other little tid-bits. Definitely read the whole article, but I've pulled out some of the "hard" news in it:

Both Rapinoes are scheduled to be ready for this season. Megan has been going through spring drills. Rachael, slowed by a bruise on the left tibia, recently ran two laps around the practice field for the first time.

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Megan has played in 13 games the past two seasons, and she has 25 goals and 15 assists in 38 career matches. She had surgery Sept. 25.

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Rachael was off to a hot start last year, with four goals in four games. She had surgery Oct. 16.

Her left quadriceps is still weak, and that puts pressure on her kneecap.

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The Portland Pilots’ women’s soccer team plays an exhibition game against the U.S. U-23 team at 7 tonight at Merlo Field.

• UP midfielder Sophie Schmidt will miss preseason training since the Canadian national team on which she plays has made the Olympics.

• It’s possible that the Pilots might not have midfielder Keelin Winters, midfielder Elli Reed and/or forward Michelle Enyeart for the NCAA playoffs. Each is vying to be on the U-20 national team, which would take them away from the Pilots in November and December. Tryouts in July will determine whether they make the team.

But three of Portland’s five incoming freshmen have various national team experience: defender Michelle Olivier, Roswell, Ga.; forward Danielle Foxhoven, Littleton, Colo.; and midfielder Charney Burk, North Tustin, Calif.

http://www.portlandtribune.com/sports/story.php?story_id=120846536246494500


A few things to keep in mind as the season gets nearer... Megan had her surgery several weeks before Rachael, so it's likely that she will be back sooner. Also, it sounds like Rachael is having some other nagging injuries, so it might be a bit optimistic to expect her back at the beginning of next season. Doable, sure, but I'd rather see her get fully healthy, especially if we are going to lose Michelle, Elli, and Keelin for the playoffs.

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Re: Good Article from Today's Portland Tribune

Post by aleppiek on Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:58 am

Thanks for the post Stoney, great to hear that we wont be without our 3 U20's the entire season, if at all. Question for whoever may have some insight, because Sophie is both a full National teamer, and a U-20, would you expect that she be gone for both? The article clearly says that she will be gone until the World Cup is completed, but will she also miss our playoff run?

Looking forward to a great match tonight!

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