PSU kicks off at Hillsboro Stadium

Portland State University football and women’s soccer are coming to Washington County. The PSU football squad is slated to play its home opener at Hillsboro Stadium this Saturday, while the Vikings women’s soccer team will be staging all of its home games at the facility.

Football will open its season on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. against Western Oregon. The rest of the Vikings’ home contests will take place at Providence Park in Portland. Former Century star Alex Sirois is a sophomore offensive lineman with the Vikings.

The women’s soccer team’s home schedule is as follows: Oregon, Sept. 12, 1 p.m.; San Jose State, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.; Eastern Washington, Oct. 3, 1 p.m.; Montana, Oct. 5, 1 p.m.; Weber State, Oct. 12, 1 p.m.; Idaho, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.; Sacramento State, Oct. 31, 1 p.m.

The Vikings’ roster includes junior Cori Bianchini, a Glencoe grad whose five goals last season ranked sixth in the Big Sky Conference, as well as three former Westview players. Twins Kelsey and Kayla Henningsen — the latter the 2013 Big Sky defensive player of the year — are back for their senior seasons, and Jadyn McMillan joins PSU as a freshman midfielder.

For more information, go to or call the box office at 503-725-3307. Football tickets range from $5 to $69. Soccer tickets are $7 for youths and $10 for adults.

Boxers tie record in rout of Lions

The Pacific University men’s soccer team roared into its new era Friday evening, equaling a school record with nine goals during a 9-0 shutout of first-year program Multnomah University at Hanson Stadium.

“I saw some qualities in the attack that I liked,” said Pacific head coach Eric Mild after his first match in the role. “Some of the goals that we scored were outstanding, where we connected numerous passes before we put the ball in the back of the net. A couple of the goals came off corner kick plays that we were working on, which was encouraging as well.”

Leading the way offensively for the Boxers was midfielder Mark Watson, who netted a hat trick in his first match back in the program after a year at Northwest Nazarene University.

Watson’s first goal against the Lions came in the 13th minute when he finished a Jake Passas cross into the net with his right foot. His second came 16 minutes later off a give-and-go play with Babeck Ebadpour, and he completed the hat trick in the second half with a shot from the area.

“Mark had a great game in the attack,” Mild said of the senior. “He’s a creative and dynamic player on offense. Any time you score three goals in a game, you can walk away feeling good, and him transferring into the program will certainly help us down the road this season.”

Ian Farley added two goals and an assist for the Boxers, while Garrick Knowles tallied two assists. Pacific’s other goal scorers were Matt Kimball, Kellan McNamara and Jaren Otani.

With the win, Mild tallied his first victory as Pacific’s head coach. He was hired to take over the program in February after five years at UC Davis.

The Boxers will return to action on Thursday at home against Oregon Tech.

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