The Pilots returned to action Friday night against the Oregon State Beavers where they took a 2-0 loss. The first half was aggressive for both teams with 13 shots combined.
“We had a great start to the game,” Head Coach Nick Carlin-Voigt said. “The first 30 minutes went exactly the way we wanted.”
Both teams were forced to play conservatively during the first half. Portland finished the half with 11 fouls compared to the Beaver’s 6.
Oregon State capitalized on two of their shots when Tyrone Mondi was able to score in the 32nd minute and Sofianne Djeffal scored in the 44th minute on a free kick deflection.
The Beavers sat comfortably with a 2-0 lead at half time.
“The penalty deflection score and second goal took the wind out of our sails a little bit, but we regrouped and we came back” Carlin-Voigt said.
The start of the second half looked promising for the Pilots. They had multiple chances on the counter attack, but were unable to put the ball in the goal with the aggressive defense from Oregon State.
“We have to stick together, stay committed to the process and away we go. We will regroup and bounce back.” Carlin-Voigt said.
The Pilots won 1-0 against the UC San Diego Tritons on Monday, improving their record to 2-2 for the season so far. Portland will play away on Friday against UCLA.
Keawe Strance is a sports reporter for The Beacon. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.