Pilots rout Vols, to meet UCLA

PORTLAND — Sophomore Michelle Enyeart scored two goals and freshman Sophie Schmidt added two assists as the Portland Pilots defeated the Tennessee Lady Vols 3-0 in an NCAA third-round soccer match at Merlo Field on Saturday.

Portland ran its shutout streak to a school-record nine matches before a raucous crowd of 4,841.

The Pilots (18-3-0) advance to a rematch with the UCLA Bruins, a 2-1 winner over Virginia on Friday. Portland was ousted from the 2006 playoffs in a quarterfinal loss at UCLA, a 2-1 come-from-behind win.

The 2007 quarterfinal match is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. at Drake Stadium.

Saturday was all Portland as the Lady Vols (15-5-2) offered little resistance to the Pilot attack. UP outshot Tennessee by a 28-8 margin, including a 16-3 edge in shots on goal. UT goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson recorded 12 saves.

Enyeart put the Pilots on top early with a strike in the 16th minute. Schmidt fed her at the top of the box and after cutting back to her right, Enyeart ripped a shot to the low right past a diving Johnson.

Two minutes later, Schmidt's shot from the near right was initially stopped by Johnson. A UT defender tried to clear the loose ball out of the goal box, but senior midfielder Natalie Budge charged hard and punched the rebound into the back of the net. It was Budge's sixth goal of the season and Schmidt's seventh assist.

Enyeart capped the scoring with a bullet from the top of the arc to the upper right corner in the 47th minute.

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