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Vikings go to Boise State; Winterhawks prep for Sept. 21 season opener; Pilots men's soccer hits stride

PSU football: No. 22 Boise State is next for the Portland State Vikings, who will play the Broncos at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

The Portland State defense has had its share of fun the first two weeks of the season, and the offense joined the party last week as PSU beat Simon Fraser 70-7 after a good effort in a 20-13 Viking loss at Arkansas.

Boise State (2-0) should give these numbers a different look, but the Viks have allowed only three total touchdowns along with 2.0 yards per rush and 184.5 yards passing per game.

Winterhawks: Preseason games behind them, the Hawks are spending this week on teaching concepts to young players as they build toward the regular-season opener on Sept. 21.

Playing lineups light on experience at forward, the Hawks finished their preseason 2-3-0-1, scoring 21 goals and allowing 27. Second-year forward Seth Jarvis led Portland with three goals, two assists and a plus-4 rating in four appearances.

That the Hawks struggled on the penalty kill and the power play is no great concern for coach/GM/VP Mike Johnston, given the lack of experience and practice time for those units.

In five-on-five hockey, Johnston said he liked his team's puck position and quick transition from its defensive zone to offense throughout the preseason.

Portland has more experienced defensemen than forwards right now, with 16-year-olds James Stefan, Gabe Klassen and Jack O'Brien among the five rookie forwards still with the team this week. 

With 16-year-old goalie Lochlan Gordon returning to Midget hockey, 17-year-old Dante Giannuzzi remains as the backup to Joel Hofer.

Hofer (St. Louis) is one of five Hawks who were still at NHL rookie camps entering this week. The others were forwards Jake Gricius (San Jose) and Reece Newkirk (New York Islanders) and defensemen John Ludvig (Florida) and Clay Hanus (Ottawa). WHL teams generally don't know ahead of time when players will return from NHL camps.

College soccer: The Portland Pilots men found their scoring touch in the second week of the season, outscoring two opponents 9-0 to improve to 2-1-1.

Coach Nick Carlin-Voigt was especially pleased that six players scored goals in Sunday's 6-0 win over Davidson at Merlo Field. 

"That speaks to the balance and depth of our team," he said.

Converting early chances in the 3-0 win over George Washington and in Sunday's thumping of Davidson allowed the Pilots to play to show how dangerous they are on the attack when opponents must do more than sit back and defend.

Four games into the season, Carlin-Voigt is pleased with the consistency of execution from his team and how last week it pushed for more even when establishing an early lead.

The depth includes goalkeeper, where Josh Lagudah made two saves in his debut against Davidson after Nico Campuzano started the first three games and earned a four-save shutout against George Washington.

This week, the Pilots head to Seattle for a 7 p.m. Thursday match against Seattle University, then visit Wisconsin on Sunday. Their next home game is Sept. 20 against Cal State Northridge.

• The Pilot women will play the second of only seven home matches when Seattle visits Merlo Field at 1 p.m. Sunday. Portland beat Denver (which had the 26th most votes in the Sept. 3 United Soccer Coaches poll) 2-1 in its home opener Sept. 8.

An intriguing game is on tap in Eugene on Friday, when the 2-1-1 Pilots (whose only loss is to top-ranked North Carolina) take on the 3-1-2 Ducks. Oregon is averaging 2.5 goals per game, with six goals from sophomore Jordan Wormdahl, a sophomore from North Eugene High.

• The Oregon State women's soccer team takes a 5-0-0 record to Houston this week for matches against the Houston and Rice. With a goal and assist on Sept. 8 in a 3-0 win over UC Davis, Milwaukie High grad McKenzie Weinert leads the Beavers with five goals.

• The OSU men will take a 3-1-0 record into a Thursday match at Grand Canyon before a Sunday night home match against UC Santa Barbara.

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Oregon went into a Wednesday match at No. 6 Pittsburgh ranked 10th in the nation. Big keys to the Ducks' season hopes also will be showdowns at University Park, Pa., at 3 p.m. PT Friday vs. No. 8 Minnesota and 5 p.m. PT Saturday with host/No. 4 Penn State.

• Three transfers from Oregon have helped No. 20 Hawaii get off to a 6-0 start. Outside hitter Jolie Rasmussen, a junor, was the national player of the week for the opening week. Brooke Van Sickle, a junior outside hitter/libero, is starting for UH as well. Also on board with the Warriors is ex-Duck libero/defensive specialist Kyra Hanawahine, a junior.

• The Portland Pilots are 4-2 as they reload after losing starting setter Cali Thompson and outside hitter Izzy Guzik, who transferred to UCLA and Mississippi.

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