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Cougars can't score in loss to Portland

PULLMAN, Wash. — The BYU women's soccer team fell 2-0 to the No. 6 Portland Pilots in a Friday afternoon game played at Washington State's Lower Soccer Field.

The Cougars (3-7-2) had some great looks to score early but were unable to find the back of the net. The best first-half opportunity was an open-look header by sophomore Annie Zwahlen off a corner kick, but Portland goalkeeper Cori Alexander was there to make the stop. Jaime Rendich also gave BYU a chance to get on the board on a scramble alone in front of the goal, but she pulled the ball just wide left.

The high-powered Portland offense was led by All-Americans Christine Sinclair and Lindsey Huie, who each scored a goal in the first half. Portland (9-2-0) when up 1-0 in the 24th minute when Huie scored her sixth goal of the season. Sinclair gathered her own rebound in the 44th minute and finished to put the Pilots on top 2-0 going into intermission with her team-leading 12th goal.

"Despite the loss, the team is definitely improving; the girls are connecting better and we are beginning to look like the BYU teams of old," said assistant coach Chris Watkins. "We played really well on our defense, we just haven't been finishing."

Freshman goalie Erika Woodburry was active throughout the game for the Cougars, stopping six Pilot shot attempts.

BYU remains in Washington and will play Saturday at 4 p.m. against Eastern Washington (3-5-1) in Cheney.