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MONDAY RECAP: Pilot women get playoff opener Friday at home vs. WSU

by: COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND - Amanda Frisbie leads the Portland Pilots in scoring as they head into the NCAA playoffs.The Portland Pilots will open the NCAA women's soccer playoffs Friday night at home against Washington State.

The Pilots (11-4-4) and Cougars (12-6-1) will meet at 7 p.m. at Merlo Field.

The winner will face Michigan (14-5-2, which lost in the Big Ten semifinals) or Central Michigan (15-6-1, a Mid-American Conference finalist) in the second round of the 64-team Division I tournament on Sunday, most likely Friday, Nov. 16 at College Station, Pa., home of Penn State, a No. 1 seed.

Portland earned an at-large berth into this year's tournament and is the No. 4 seed in its part of the bracket.

The Pilots went through a five-match winless streak in midseason (with ties against Cal State Northridge and Gonzaga) — but they finished strong, going 5-0-1 in their closing six games. The streak included a 3-1 win over Pepperdine and a 2-2 tie last week at Santa Clara (both teams were ranked in the top 20). And, on Saturday, the Pilots bombed visiting San Francisco 5-0 to cap the regular season.

by: COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND - Kaila Cameli has eight goals on 37 shots for the University of Portland.Top offensive producers this season have been Amanda Frisbie (12 goals, eight assists), Kaila Cameli (8 and 3, mostly off the bench) and Michelle Cruz (4 and 6).

But the Pilots have featured balanced scoring of late, and eight other players have scored at least one goal.

In goal, Erin Dees has started 16 games and allowed 1.08 goals per game in posting an 8-4-4 record.

All four of those players are juniors.

by: COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND - Erin Dees has been the primary goalkeeper this season for the Portland Pilots.The Pilots are in the playoffs for the 13th consecutive year and for the 20th time in the past 21 years.