21 Oct Vikings To Host Southern Utah, Northern Arizona In Final Weekend Homestand
PORTLAND, Ore. – With a Big Sky Tournament berth on the line, the Portland State women’s soccer team will host its final two regular-season matches this Friday and Sunday. The Vikings will take on Southern Utah on Friday (1 p.m.) before closing out the regular season schedule with senior day against Northern Arizona on Sunday (Noon). Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Portland State will head into Friday 4-9-1 overall and 2-4-1 in Big Sky action.
LAST TIME OUT
The Vikings are coming off a pair of road losses last week, which began with a 2-0 loss at Idaho State on Friday (Oct. 15). The Vikings battled with Weber State on Sunday (Oct. 17) but fell short after the Wildcats struck in the final five minutes of the match to walk away with the 3-2 win.
TOURNAMENT HOPES STILL ALIVE
With seven points, the Vikings currently sit eighth in the Big Sky standings. Sitting two points behind Eastern Washington and Sacramento State, they will need at least one win this week to keep their tournament hopes alive. Ahead of the Hornets and Eagles is Idaho with 10 points and Northern Arizona with 12.
Prior to Sunday’s match against NAU, the Vikings will honor the five members of their senior class. Liz Hansen, Megan Cornett, Natalia Blanco, Sofi Papastamos, and Diana Santiago will all be playing their final games at Hillsboro Stadium on Sunday.
HOFFMAN LEADING THE ATTACK
- Freshman Abi Hoffman ranks second in the Big Sky in shots, averaging 2.93 shots per game
- With a team-high seven points, she leads the Vikings with 41 shots, 27 of those against conference opponents
- Hoffman put on a show against Sacramento State, netting a trio of goals in the victory over the Hornets on Sept. 26, which earned her Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week honors
SHOTS ON SHOTS
- The Vikings recorded the largest shot count since 2017 against Idaho on Oct. 10 (28)
- They currently lead the Big Sky in shots during conference play (117)
- They are currently averaging 13.2 shots per game and 16.7 per game against conference opponents
SECOND HALF STRONG
- The Vikings have scored 11 of their 15 goals in the second half
- The defense has allowed just 36% of this season’s goals in the second half
- The offense has recorded 60 shots against conference opponents in the final 45 minutes
SHE’S A KEEPER
- Viking goalkeeper Sidney O’billovich saw limited minutes to begin the season before getting her first career start in goal at San Francisco (Sept. 12)
- The Sophomore transfer recorded a career-high eleven saves against Idaho State on Friday (Oct. 15)
- She recorded her first career shutout at Montana (Oct. 3) despite facing 19 shots
- O’billovich will enter Friday having played 948 minutes this season and recording 67 saves
A WHOLE LOT OF LIZ
- Fifth-year senior defender Liz Hansen ranks second all-time in career minutes played (6,279). She is just 114 minutes shy of current record holder Kristin Moyer who has held the record since graduating in 2017
- The 2017 Big Sky Honorable Mention selection has put in a team-high 1,265 minutes of work this season, playing all 90 minutes in all but two matches including three overtimes
- She enters Friday just one game shy of tying Julie Forrest’s record for career games played (78)
CLIMBING THE RECORD BOOKS
- Following two assists against Weber State on Sunday (Oct. 17), Sofi Papastamos ranks third in all-time career assists with 12
- Fifth-year senior Teà Poore ranks 10th all-time in games played (73)
SCOUTING SOUTHERN UTAH (FRIDAY, OCT. 22 – 1 PM PT)
The Thunderbirds are 1-13-1 overall and 0-6-1 in Big Sky action. They will enter Friday ranked last in the conference standings. They earned their only point following a 0-0 draw with Idaho on Oct. 3. They’ve been held to just seven goals so far this season and average 10.6 shots per game.
The Vikings lead the all-time series 6-2-1, their last victory occurring during the 2019 season when they earned a 3-2 win at Hillsboro Stadium. The Thunderbirds are in search of their first win over PSU since 2016.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ARIZONA (SUNDAY, OCT. 24– NOON PT)
NAU will take on Sacramento State on Friday before heading to Portland. They will look to build on a 6-10 overall record and 4-3 conference mark against the Hornets. They will enter Friday’s match in Sacramento riding a four-game win streak. The Lumberjacks average 1.69 goals per game which ranks first in the Big Sky.
The Vikings trail the all-time series 8-14-5. The teams last met in 2019 when the Lumberjacks earned a 1-0 win on the Vikings home turf. Viking Head Coach Katie Burton is 3-1 against NAU since taking over.
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