Virginia Tech Hokies (16-7, 6-4) at Portland Pilots (20-1, 7-0)
Dot-dot-dots: The Hokies face one of the top women's programs in college soccer in their first Sweet 16 appearance ... Portland has two national championships to its name (2002 and 2005) and have participated in 17 of the last 18 NCAA Tournaments ... the Pilots are the highest-scoring team in the nation at 3.71 goals per game according to NCAA.com ... Tech is 184th in goals allowed per game at 1.323 ... So. Danielle Foxhoven leads the Pilots with 22 goals this season ... Portland Sr. GK Kelsey Davis is 5th in the country in save percentage at 0.891 ... Portland's lone loss this season came at Texas A&M on Sept. 18, 3-1 ... the winner of this game will face the winner of Virginia at UCLA, who meet at 10 p.m. EST in Los Angeles, on Nov. 27, 28 or 29.
Hokies gear up for University of Portland (WDBJ7)
"It's a lot to take in on short notice, especially from a planning standpoint, from hotels and meals to a cross country flight, all while getting ready to play a pretty meaningful game. But the Hokies insist, the logistics won't be a distraction."
Women's soccer team ready for next challenge (Collegiate Times)
"Coming into the season, the Hokies’ main goal was to make it to their second straight NCAA tournament. Having done that and then some, they have had to reevaluate what more they want out of this season."
Influence of the late Clive Charles spreading (Oregonian)
"Smith played for and coached with Charles at Portland before taking over the women’s program. He said Charles’ widening influence through the state is a testament to not only his strategic abilities but also the personal touch he brought to his craft."
Pilots' women's soccer team set for challenge (Oregonian)
"Pilots coach Garrett Smith said he expects Virginia Tech to be more athletic than most teams the Pilots have faced this year and thus able to put more pressure on the Portland defense. "It's going to be more back and forth a little bit," Smith said. "They are going to attack us. I can't imagine we're going to hold a team like Virginia Tech to three shots.""
Pilots advance through two rounds (UP Beacon)
"Portland's offense has the potential to beat the Hokies if they are able to maintain the ability to produce chances through shots, as has been the case throughout the season with a staggering 17.2 shots per game."
Despite injury, star supports team (UP Beacon)
"Michelle Enyeart's upcoming Friday night will be vastly different from her teammates. Her number 12 soccer jersey will be replaced with a hospital gown. A recovery room will substitute stadium lights and the wet pitch."