The Vikings are now on a three-game winning streak after beating conference opponents the University of Montana and Eastern Washington University last weekend. Portland State’s women’s soccer team went the whole weekend without allowing a goal, outscoring their opponents 6-0.
“The weekend went as well as we hoped it would,” head coach Laura Schott said. “Two big home victories against teams that have been playing very well. Credit is due to both our defense and offense on the weekend. We got two shutouts and scored six goals. We had contributions from many players on both ends.”
Even after the Vikings swept the weekend, Schott still believes there is room to improve, and a lot that this team can work on.
“We still need to play consistently for all 90 minutes. We did very well this weekend, but it needs to be something we do every time we step on the field. It’s more about player/game management than a problem or mistake. There are momentum changes in each game, and we need to manage both effectively, Schott said.”
Portland State will play Northern Arizona University and Southern Utah University this weekend. Both games are on the road.
“This weekend’s road games are very important as the Big Sky rolls on,” Schott said.
A look at the games:
Friday, Sept. 28 vs. Montana
The weekend started against Montana, a team that was 1-1 in conference play coming into the game. Portland State was also 1-1 in Big Sky play, but their offense looked good in the last game, putting three goals on the scoreboard. They continued with the offensive dominance in the 27th minute. Sophomore Daniela Solis scored off an assist by Kayla Henningsen.
For Solis, it was the third goal of the season. The score stayed the same until the 50th minute, when Solis blasted a shot from just outside the box, which hit a Montana player and the back of the net. The sophomore was not credited with the goal, as it was considered an own goal. Nevertheless, the Vikings were ahead 2-0, and it stayed that way the rest of the game.
Senior goalkeeper Lainey Hulsizer had her second shutout of the season.
Sunday, Sept. 30 vs. Eastern Washington (Dam Cup)
It didn’t take the Vikings long to score in their third Dam Cup game, with senior Amanda Dutra getting on the board in the 16th minute. From then on, PSU played strong both offensively and defensively, beating Eastern Washington 4-0.
Dutra wasn’t done after one goal, though. The senior scored in the 51st minute off an assist from senior Megan Martin. Martin also scored later in the game, and freshman Lynsey Gaines capped off the Vikings’ four goals. Solis, who has scored the most goals for PSU this season, had two assists.