Soccer in Oregon
University of Portland Pilots
The men earned split results over the weekend, starting with a 1-0 loss to Denver on Friday. The Pilots bounced back on Sunday with a 3-0 rout of SMU, including a goal from Timbers U-23 forward Jaime Velasco. Portland begins West Coast Conference play on Friday at San Francisco and Sunday at Saint Mary’s.
The women extended their winning streak to five games after a pair of wins over the weekend. A pair of goals and an assist from senior Amanda Frisbie handed the Pilots a 4-2 over Wyoming on Friday. On Sunday it was Micaela Capelle who had two goals as the Pilots beat Washington 3-0. The 8-1-1 Pilots open conference play at Pacific on Friday.
University of Oregon Ducks
The Ducks women played their third consecutive double overtime match in a scoreless draw with undefeated Washington State last Thursday. Oregon has only allowed one goal in the past three games. The Ducks, which went 0-5-0 on the road last season, continue Pac-12 play at Utah on Friday and Colorado on Sunday.
Oregon State University Beavers
The men improved to 7-2-0 on the season after defeating Northwest Christian 5-0 in their final nonconference game of 2013. Four goals came in the second half, despite difficult weather conditions. The Beavers open Pac-12 play on Thursday night at No. 2 California.
The women battled to 1-1 overtime draw with Washington on Friday in Corvallis. The 2-6-2 Beavers hit the road for games against Colorado on Friday and Utah on Sunday.
Portland State Vikings
Portland State women's team started Big Sky Conference play with two wins over the weekend. The Vikings took down Northern Colorado 3-1 on Friday and then held North Dakota to just 2 shots in a 1-0 win on Sunday. Holding a four-game unbeaten streak, the Vikings hit the road for a Friday showdown with Eastern Washington and Sunday match against Montana.
University of Akron Zips
Timbers U-23 midfielder Reinaldo Brenes scored an early goal for the Zips that turned out to be the game winner in a 1-0 result at West Virginia. Brenes now has four goals on the season, including two in conference play.
University of Portland Pilots
After over a week off, the men return to the field on Friday night to face Denver at 4:30 p.m. at Merlo Field. The men play again on Sunday when they host Southern Methodist at 10:30 a.m.
The women claimed their third straight win in a 2-1 comeback at San Diego State. Senior Micaela Capelle scored 12 seconds into the second half to equalize and senior Ellen Parker notched the game winner in the 81st. The women face Wyoming on Friday at Merlo Field in the second half of the doubleheader with the men’s team.
University of Oregon Ducks
The Ducks got an equalizer from redshirt-sophomore defender Reilley Moore to finish 1-1 in a double-overtime draw against San Francisco last Friday. Oregon begins Pac-12 play tonight when they host Washington State in Eugene.
Oregon State University Beavers
The Beavers men bounced back from a loss to the Portland Pilots with a 1-0 win at home against San Jose State on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers look to build on that win when they host Northwest Christian in Corvallis on Friday at 4 p.m.
On the women’s side, the Beavers notched a dominating 3-0 win against Cal Poly last Friday night. After a week off, the Beavers begin Pac-12 play when they host Washington on Friday night in Corvallis. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Portland State University Vikings
The Vikings women played to a 0-0 draw against San Francisco on Sunday afternoon at Hillsboro Stadium. They open Big Sky Conference play on Friday afternoon when they host Northern Colorado at Hillsboro Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
University of Memphis
Timbers U-23 forward Mark Sherrod scored in the Tigers 3-1 over Mercer on Tuesday night. The Tigers returns to action against conference opponent Rutgers on Saturday night.
Timbers U-23 midfielder Jose Ribas notched his second assist of the season in Creighton’s 2-2 draw with Michigan State on Tuesday. The Bluejays return to the field on Saturday when they face Georgetown in the nation’s capitol.
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.
This weekend, the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders will face each other for the second time this season. The first match saw the Timbers draw even with Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field, and there is no doubt that many Timbers fans will once again make the trip.
Every match between the Timbers and Sounders is important, but this time around there is even more at stake. Not only is Portland looking to potentially reach the top of the MLS table, but the Timbers could also take sole possession of first place in the Cascadia Cup table. Arguably the most hyped match of the season, an expected 66,000 fans will be at CenturyLink Field to see the Sounders host the Timbers in a game that also features the first home match for new Sounders signing and USMNT forward Clint Dempsey.
As the season wears on, the costs of traveling to away Cascadia matches can start to add up. This season, our friends at 76 would like to support the fans that support the team. All you need to do is Instagram a shot of you traveling to or from this weekend's match with the hashtag #76roadtrip and you'll be eligible to win a $100 gas card and an autographed Timbers team jersey.
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Onward, Rose City!
Fans of the NASL Portland Timbers will gladly recall stories of Jimmy Conway’s best on-field moments. His former teammates will be happy to speak about what a fantastic teammate he was. Younger fans of the Portland Timbers only need to look up into the Portland Timbers Ring of Honor to understand that Jimmy Conway is truly a Timbers legend.
That’s why so many were quick to support Jimmy once he was diagnosed with trauma-induced dementia a few years ago. In an effort to help Jimmy and his wife Noeleen; friends, family, teammates, and others from the community have joined together to participate in the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 8th at Portland International Raceway.
This year, the Friends of Jimmy Conway team is over half way to their fundraising goal. To register to walk with the team or simply to donate, visit the team’s fundraising page.
Last year the team came out in full force for a fun day of walking in support of Jimmy, while raising money for Alzheimer’s research. Watch the video recap of last year’s event here:
Visit the Fans of Jimmy Conway Facebook page for more information.
Portland Thorns FC fans who keep up on local soccer know about the tremendous amount of success forward Danielle Foxhoven had during her time at the University of Portland and her strong roots in Portland.
However, not many fans know about the challenges she faced following her collegiate career. As part of their continuing Total Access series, espnW recently spoke with Foxhoven about her time in Russia playing for FC Energy Voronezh, cold feet, watching fellow Pilots Sophie Schmidt and Christine Sinclair at the London 2012 Olympics followed by her eventual journey back to Portland.
To read Foxhoven's story, visit espnW.
Isaac Gatchet was the recipient of a Spread the Love welcome packet for the June 23rd match against the Colorado Rapids. Casie Bowers, Timbers suite holder and supporter nominated Isaac.
Gatchet is a huge Timbers fan, but he doesn’t get to attend Timbers home matches because he is currently on active duty with the United States military in Afghanistan. He was scheduled to return home on leave in June, and the match on the 23rd was the only match he could attend this season.
The Spread the Love packet included four tickets for Gatchet. He brought along his wife and his two best friends, and he says they all enjoyed the whole experience.
“We all had a great time,” said Gatchet “I dont think I could have went to a better match. The Timbers won, it was a beautiful day and we all had a wonderful time!”
Gatchet says that ever since he learned about Spread the Love and what it means, he has tried to incorporate the idea into his daily life.
“I have been doing my best to help out others that have been less fortunate than me,” said Gatchet. “So Spread the Love, to me, means helping out others that just need a little extra help or just need something to brighten up their day!”
Jose Antonio Saavedra was the recipient of a Spread the Love welcome packet for the June 15th match against FC Dallas. Gerardo Ochoa, contributing author of Path to Scholarship, college administrator, and local youth advocate nominated Jose.
Jose first met Gerardo after being selected as the Cesar Estrada Chavez Scholarship recipient. He says he was inspired by Gerardo’s work in the community and that he learned a lot from him.
“He taught me about the values of leadership, culture, language,” said Jose, “and most importantly about "Ganas," the desire and confidence to move forward.”
Jose says he was very thrilled to receive his Spread the Love welcome packet.
“I was very excited and honored for this wonderful gift,” said Jose. “There are no words to describe my excitement. I appreciated the fact that I was in Mr. Gerardo’s mind for this gift. It really means a lot.”
The June 15th match against FC Dallas was Jose’s first MLS league match. He says he was really looking forward to seeing the environment at JELD-WEN Field.
“My favorite part of the match was when the Timbers got a goal against FC Dallas. I was pretty happy!”
Jose was very grateful for the entire experience and is looking forward to spreading the love.
“I was very humble and honored to have received four tickets to see the game,” said Jose. “I hope one day I can give back to those who have assisted me see the world from a different perspective.”
To learn more about Spread The Love and nominate a deserving recipient, click here.
Portland Thorns FC have fielded several different lineups over the course of the season due to national team call ups, injuries, and roster changes. The arrival of Tiffany Weimer has helped provide stability in the midfield, as well as add another personality to the already exuberant roster.
Weimer recently wrote a blog post as part of espnW's Total Access in which she hit on a variety of topics, ranging from her move from Denmark to Portland, learning about popular trends from her younger teammates, to dispelling the rumor that she's here to steal Christine Sinclair's two Hermann trophies--seriously, she's NOT here to do that.
To read Tiffany's blog, titled "Be Your Selfie," visit espnW.
Blessing Bee Makwera was the recipient of a Spread the Love welcome packet for the May 12th match against Chivas USA. He was nominated by Stephen Clawson, vice president of Operation of Hope, an organization that provides life-changing surgical care in under-served areas of the world.
“Home is not a roof above your head but the love that you get from those around you,” said Makwera. “When I received the Spread The Love packet I knew I didn't need Africa to feel at home because you guys loved me.”
Makwera grew up in Zimbabwe where, when he was 15-years-old, he discovered a landmine. Not knowing what it was, he began playing with it, causing it to detonate near his face. The explosion resulted in Makwera losing his jaw, teeth, and part of his tongue. He attempted to recover in a Zimbabwe hospital, but the resources he needed to complete a full recovery were lacking.
With the help of Operation of Hope, Makwera traveled to San Diego, California for the first of three surgeries. He is now living in Portland with Clawson, working as a teacher’s aide at a local private school.
Makwera says he loved his experience at the Timbers game.
“The whole game was awesome,” he said. “The Timbers Army supported the club all the way through [the game] and with that much support I don't think you could lose.”
Several people and organizations were involved in helping Makwera get to the United States for the operations he needs. He is very grateful for all of the support, especially from his “American family.” He says he knows what it means to “Spread the Love.”
“It means we are all family and the only force that can keep us together is love,” said Makwera. “By spreading love we are staying stronger as one family.”