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Courtesy: Steve Gibbons/Portland Athletics

Portland ends UTSA's season on Friday

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 11/13/2010
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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PORTLAND, Ore. — No. 2 Portland scored four times in the first half, added five more in the second and ended UTSA's season with a 9-0 victory late Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The match was played in 40-degree weather and under the cloud of dense fog.

The Pilots (19-1-1) struck first in the ninth minute when Kendall Johnson found the back of the net off a deflection in the six-yard box. Less than two minutes later, Sophie Schmidt made it 2-0 with her sixth goal of the season on assists from Taylor Brooke and Jessica Tsao. Brooke scored again and Danielle Foxhoven added the fourth goal of the stanza to give Portland a commanding lead at the half.

The Pilots got a hat trick from Amanda Frisbie and goals by Halley Kreminski and Ellen Parker in the second frame en route to their 36th consecutive victory at Merlo Field, which is the nation's longest active streak.

Portland's defense was equally as good, limiting the Roadrunners (13-8-2) to just three shots in the match, all of which came in the final 15 minutes of play.

““We knew what we were facing when we got here and congratulations to the University of Portland," head coach Steve Ballard said. "Our girls never quit and they laid it all out there, but they were a superior team. We learned a lot and we're young, so we’ll go along from here.”

The loss concludes the most-successful season in program history. UTSA not only won its first-ever Southland Conference Championship, but the Roadrunners also recorded a school-record 13 wins and six players landed on all-conference teams.

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