Pamplin Media Group – Pilots men’s soccer wins regular-season finale

Pamplin Media Group – Pilots men’s soccer wins regular-season finale

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SATURDAY, NOV. 13

Men’s college soccer — R.J. Stretch scored an early goal and the Portland Pilots beat San Francisco 1-0 at Merlo Field for their 10th win of the season, giving themselves a shot at an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. They will learn their fate on at 10 a.m. Monday.

College volleyball — Portland State closed the regular season by sweeping Montana 25-15, 25-26, 25-19 at Viking Pavilion. PSU is 18-9, 12-4 in the Big Sky Conference.

College cross country — The Portland Pilots men will compete at the NCAA Championships as a team for the 22nd time since 1993 under coach Rob Conner.

The Oregon men’s and women’s teams also received at-large bids to the championship meet, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 20 at Tallahassee, Florida.

Portland State’s Katie Camarena and Oregon State’s Kaylee Mitchell are individual qualifiers.

The women’s race stars at 7:20 a.m. PT followed by the men at 8:10 a.m. and can be seen on ESPNU.

Kraken lose — Rem Pitlick scored his first three NHL goals and the Minnesota Wild beat Seattle 4-2. Alex Wennberg and Marcus Johansson each had a goal and assist for the Kraken (4-10-1).

FRIDAY, NOV. 12

McGowan leaving — The Trail Blazers announced that Chris McGowan, president and CEO, has resigned. McGowan has been with the Blazers for nine years. He’ll step down effective Nov. 26.

Dewayne Hankins, the chief commercial officer and executive vice president, has been promoted to president of business operations. The Blazers are touting Hankins’ role in achieving franchise records in ticket sales and corporate sponsorships, specifically in digital media revenue; he also helped sign cryptocurrency company StormX to an NBA patch deal and negotiated the broadcast deal with ROOT Sports.

“Since joining the Trail Blazers in 2013, Dewayne has been crucial to our success and growth,” said Jody Allen, chair of the Trail Blazers. “Now in his ninth season with us, we’re thrilled to have him lead the organization.”

“It was a pleasure to work with Chris, and I want to thank him for the last decade of mentorship,” Hankins said. “I also want to thank Jody and Bert (Kolde) for their continued trust in me as I take on this new role.”

The move comes at a time when the organization is investigating alleged workplace misconduct by Neil Olshey, president of basketball operations.

College cross country — Senior Katie Camarena became the first Portland State women’s cross country runner to qualify for the NCAA Championships by placing fifth at the NCAA West Regional at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, California.

Oregon State’s Kaylee Mitchell placed 12th and also secured an individual berth to nationals.

The Oregon women placed third as a team, Portland (led by 13th-place Anna Pataki) fifth, Oregon State seventh and Portland State 11th.

• The Portland men took third place at the NCAA West Region Cross Country Championships. Four Pilots finished among the Top 25 to earn All-West Region recognition, led by Zak Kirk’s 10th place with a time of 29 minutes, 47.6 seconds over 10,000 meters.

The Oregon men finished fourth, led by Cooper Teare (third place and Aaron Bienenfeld (fourth).

The Portland State men placed eighth among 29 teams.

The Pilots and Ducks teams will learn at 2 p.m. Saturday if they are selected for the NCAA Championships.

College volleyball — No. 17 Oregon beat visiting USC in five sets, taking the decisive set 15-11. Brooke Nuneviller had 25 kills, two blocks and one ace. … UCLA swept Oregon State in Corvallis.

THURSDAY, NOV. 11

College men’s soccer — With a 2-2 home draw with No. 3-ranked Washington, No. 1-ranked Oregon State (12-2-3, 7-1-2) clinched the outright Pac-12 championship.

Both teams scored twice in the second half, with OSU senior Tsiki Ntsabeleng tying the match in the 88th minute.

The NCAA Tournament selection show is at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15.

College volleyball — Portland State’s hopes of sharing the Big Sky conference regular-season title ended with a five-set home loss to Montana State. The visiting Bobcats took the last two sets and the match ended on PSU’s third alignment violation of the decisive set, won by Montana State 15-10. Makayla Lewis had 20 kills and one hitting error with 17 digs for the Vikings (17-9, 11-4).

• Portland’s matches at San Francisco Thursday and at Santa Clara were canceled because of COVID-19 protocols.

Herbert AFC’s offensive player of the week — After leading the Los Angeles Chargers to a comeback 27-24 win at Philadelphia on Nov. 7, former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert was named the offensive player of the week for the AFC. Herbert was 32 of 38 for 356 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown.

Kraken lose — Troy Terry extended his point streak to 13 games and two goals and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks won their sixth in a row, beating host Seattle 7-4. Jared McCann scored twice for Seattle (4-9-1) in his return after missing six games because of COVID-19 protocols.

TUESDAY, NOV. 9

Thorns next coach? — Meg Linehan of The Athletic reported that former Canadian Women’s National Team defender/forward Rhian Wilkinson will be the next Portland Thorns’ coach.

Wilkinson has no head coaching experience at the senior level. She has led the women’s under-17 and under-20 teams for Canada, been an assistant for Canada’s senior national team, and most recently an assistant coach for England’s women’s national team.

Wilkinson, 39, played in 118 matches for Canada, where she was a teammate of Thorns new GM Karina LeBlanc and of Thorns captain Christine Sinclair.

According to The Athletic’s report, LeBlanc took part in the last round of interviews. The Thorns are not expected to introduce their next head coach until after the NWSL playoffs.

Portland hosts Chicago at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in a semifinal match.

Five Thorns to USWNT camp — Five Portland Thorns players are among 22 named to the U.S. Women’s National Team training camp ahead of friendly matches in Australia on Nov. 26 and Nov. 30.

Goalkeeper Bella Bixby and forward Morgan Weaver are called into a senior national team camp for the first time. Forward Sophia Smith (10 appearances for the USWNT), midfielder Lindsey Horan (106 caps) and defender Becky Sauerbrunn (197 caps) also will attend the camp.

The training camp begins after the Nov. 20 National Women’s Soccer League championship match.

Of the 22 players in camp, 18 will be selected for the matches. Of those 22, 21 are NWSL players, including former Thorns Midge Purce and Emiily Sonnett.

College football — as expected, the Oregon Ducks moved up to No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, behind No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama and ahead of No. 4 Ohio State.

Utah, at No. 24, is the only other Pac-12 team in the rankings.

The Ducks host Washington State at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a chance to wrap up the Pac-12 North with a win (and Oregon State loss to Stanford).

Winterhawks trade — Portland sent 20-year-old defenseman Kade Nolan to Lethbridge for a fourth-round pick in the 2023 Western Hockey League Prospects Draft.

The trade gets Portland back to the WHL limit of three 20-year-olds after the return of forward Jaydon Dureau from the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.

Nolan played in 118 games over four seasons with five goals and 20 assists and a plus-27 rating.

Kraken lose —At Las Vegas, Reilly Smith’s two goals 46 seconds apart early in the third period lifter the Golden Knights to a 4-2 win over Seattle (4-8-1), which has lost its last six road games. Jordan Eberle and Yanni Gourde scored for the Kraken.

MONDAY, NOV. 8

MLS Playoffs — The Portland Timbers play host to Minnesota United in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 and will be televised by ESPN.

Tickets to on sale at on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Season-ticket holders must opt out if they don’t want their seats by Friday, Nov. 12.

The Timbers are the No. 4 seed, Minnesota United the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference. The winner will travel to face Colorado for the conference semifinals. That match is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25.

The conference finals are on Dec. 4-5 with the MLS Cup final on Dec. 11.

Here is the complete MLS Cup Playoffs first-round schedule”

Western Conference

Colorado —first-round bye. Will host Portland-Minnesota winner.

Minnesota United at Portland, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 21 (ESPN)

Vancouver at Kansas City, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 (TUDN, UniMas, MLSSoccer.com)

Real Salt Lake at Seattle, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 (FS1).

Eastern Conference

New England — First-round bye. Will host the New York City FC-Atlanta winner on Nov. 30.

Atlanta United at NYCFC, noon Sunday, Nov. 21 (ABC)

New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia, 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 20 (TUDN, Univision, MLSSoccer.com)

Orlando City at Nashville, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 (FS1).

Thorns tickets — Tickets for the Portland Thorns’ Sunday, Nov. 14 match against the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League semifinals go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 through ThornsFC.com or 888-983-1783.

The match kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.


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