College Notes: Area university squads off and running with their seasons

20 September 5:25 pm

College Notes: Area university squads off and running with their seasons

By Alex Dubov

Several local collegiate teams are making some noise as the non-conference part of the schedule wraps up.

University of Portland Pilots
Beaverton, Oregon native and Timbers U-23 forward Jaime Velasco scored twice on Thursday night as the Pilots took down Oregon State University 3-0 at Merlo Field. Velasco’s first goal game in the 42nd minute to break a 0-0 draw. Teammate Eddie Sanchez doubled the score in the 59th and Velasco wrapped up the scoring in the closing seconds. The win puts the Pilots at 4-2-0 on the season.

On the women’s side, the Pilots senior Micaela Capelle scored twice on Sunday as the Pilots came back from 1-0 to defeat the Missouri Tigers 3-2 at Merlo Field. The #16 Pilots women are now 5-1-1 on the season as they head south to take on the San Diego State Aztecs on Sunday.

Both Pilots teams will return to Merlo Field on Friday, September 27, as part of a Pilots double-header. The men will face the Denver Pioneers at 4:30 p.m., and the women will play Wyoming following that game.

University of Oregon
Junior goalkeeper Abby Steele was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after shutting out No. 6 BYU through regulation and two overtime periods on Thursday at Pape Field in Eugene. The Ducks host San Francisco in Eugene on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Oregon State University
The men’s team dropped a road game to the Pilots on Thursday, putting them at 5-2-0 on the season. The Beavers return home on Sunday to host San Jose State at 1 p.m.

The women’s team lost a closely contested 1-0 battle to Gonzaga in Spokane on Sunday. They have one final non-conference game remaining before beginning Pac-12 play. The Beavers host Cal Poly in Corvallis at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Portland State University
Sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Plese was named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week after making a career-high 10 saves in the Vikings 2-0 win over Hawaii. The Vikings host San Francisco on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.