Soccer ends season with 2-0 loss to Portland in NCAA Second Round

Texas finishes the season with a 13-4-4 record.


Nov. 16, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. - Texas' soccer season ended with a 2-0 loss to the University of Portland in the Second Round of the NCAA Championship, Nov. 15 at Merlo Field on the Portland campus. The Longhorns finished the year 13-3-4 while Portland (19-1-0) advances to the Round of 16 to face James Madison.

Portland netted the gamewinner in the 11th minute after setting up its offensive attack with a corner kick. UT defender Kasey Moore attempted to clear the cross out of the goal area but a Portland player was able to get a foot on the clear and deflect the ball out to UP's Sophie Schmidt.

The sophomore collected the rebound and fired a shot to the lower left corner of the goal. Texas keeper Dianna Pfenninger dove to save the shot leaving the net open for Pilot Danielle Foxhoven to find the back of the net for the lead.

The Pilots extended their lead off a penalty kick with 10 minutes remaining in the match. Texas was whistled for a foul in the box setting up the free kick that sophomore Schmidt connected on for the 2-0 lead.

Texas started the match off on the attack as it earned the first shot on goal of the game in the sixth minute. Senior Stephanie Logterman made a run up the center of the field deep into Portland territory and then played the ball to senior Courtney Gaines who's subsequent shot was saved by UP keeper Kelsey Davis.

After UT's initial pressure, the Pilots took over offensively spending the majority of the half in Texas territory. Junior Emily Anderson, who netted the Horns lone goal against Washington State in the First Round, had a pair of breakaways in the first period but sent both of her shots just wide of the net. The Pilots outshot the Horns 8-3 in the first half and earned three corners to UT's zero.

 

 

The second half played to the same tune as the first with Portland keeping possession for the majority of the period. The Pilots never let up, earning 14 shots and four corners. West Coast Conference Player of the Year Megan Rapinoe had two good of Portland's best looks. In the 65th minute, Rapinoe attempted to fire a shot just outside of the short box but was denied by sophomore Erica Campanelli who came in sliding to block the shot.

Twenty minutes later, Rapinoe struck against as she faked a pass and then took a hard shot that rebounded of the UT cross bar. The Pilots outshot the Horns 22-4 with Texas only earning one shot in the second half.

Pfenninger made five saves in the match from the tough Portland front line while UP's Davis was only forced to make one.

POSTMATCH QUOTES
Head Coach Chris Petrucelli
On the overall game: I thought our kids played really hard, and they fought right to the end. Portland played very well. We had some of the play in the first half but they wore us down over the course of the game, their possession was very good. Over time you're going to break down and that's what happened. On Portland: Portland was outstanding. It's a first class program they play good soccer. They have great coaching staff. They have been wonderful hosts as they have been every year I have been out here which seems like a hundred. They do a good job here.

On their defense and Portland's 22 shots: Ten minutes left and you're down a goal you never know what can happen. Our players were slide tackling and blocking shots and Dianna made some great saves and the posts helped us out a couple of times as well. Our backline has been great all year and credit to Portland because our backline is tough to score against.

On Texas' offense: We had trouble keeping the ball as we went forward and that has been an issue for us all year. We weren't clean enough technically and we forced some balls. In a game like this if you turn the ball over it takes a long time to get it back. They (Portland) made us chase.

Senior goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger
On the overall game: I've got to give Portland credit. They played really well against us and they put our defense under a lot of pressure especially in the second half. Our players kept fighting the whole game. It is a disappointing loss for us but Portland is a great program and we hope they go far in the tournament. They have a lot of quality players and they play well together.

On her last collegiate match: It is a disappointing loss especially as a senior. I have had a great college career and a great experience at UT.

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