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Winter Hawks finally find the net

The Portland Winter Hawks hope to continue their recent scoring outburst tonight against Calgary and Saturday against Spokane, both games at 7 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum.

The scoring outburst came in one game, a 5-4 victory over Tri-City last Sunday, in which the Winter Hawks equaled their goal total of the previous four games. Five is Portland's season high, and both the Hawks and Tri-City are on pace to shatter Portland's Western Hockey League record for fewest goals in a season (173, 1999-2000).

'It's embarrassing,' Hawk forward Craig Valette says. 'Worst thing we can do is cry about it. All you can do is chomp away at it.'

Says coach Mike Williamson: 'We've been standing still so much, looking to make plays rather than moving our feet and going to the net.'

The Hawks (3-7-1) were much more aggressive putting themselves into position to score in Sunday's victory. Veteran Matt Girling and rookie Brandon Dubinsky scored their first goals of the season, and Portland got only its fourth power-play goal (the Hawks are a dismal 4 for 81, 4.9 percent, with the man advantage).

Valette's goal typified Portland's night. 'It went off a shin-pad,' he says. 'I shot the puck and got lucky.'

nÊComing off a 2-0 loss to No. 18 Pepperdine, the University of Portland women's soccer team is 12-3-1 and ranked sixth in the nation. The Pilots have four games remaining until the NCAA playoffs, starting with matches tonight at San Francisco and Sunday at Saint Mary's. UP will play host to Santa Clara on Nov. 3 and play at San Diego on Nov. 7.

All-American forward Christine Sinclair will miss at least one of the remaining four games to compete for Canada in the World Cup qualifying tournament. She has scored 14 of the Pilots' 30 goals and leads the team with 30 points. Erin Misaki (five goals, five assists, 15 points) and Wanda Rozwadowska (three goals, four assists, 10 points) are next on the team scoring list.

• The University of Portland men's soccer team took over the West Coast Conference lead with road wins last week over No. 15 San Diego 2-0, and No. 7 Loyola Marymount 1-0. Goalkeeper Curtis Spiteri was the WCC Player of the Week after two shutouts. The 12th-ranked Pilots, 10-4-1, will play host to San Francisco at 1 p.m. Sunday.Ê

• Featherweights Marcos Licona (21-2, 8 KOs) of Westminster, Calif., and Armando Cordoba (17-8, 12 KOs) of Panama will headline the Nov. 14 boxing card at the Rose Garden, the second event to be staged here by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

One of at least four other bouts will pit Bridgett 'Baby Doll' Riley (12-2-2, 5 KOs) of Hollywood, Calif., against Para Draine (11-5-0, 2 KOs) of Spokane, Wash., in a six-round junior bantamweight women's fight.

• Portland State's women will play host to Big Sky Conference soccer leader Montana at 11 a.m. Sunday at PGE Park. The Vikings (9-4-3 overall, 2-1-0 Big Sky) also have a road game today at Eastern Washington. The Viks lead the Big Sky in goals per game (2.25) and fewest goals allowed (1.06).

• Derrick Lee, a David Douglas High senior and member of the Portland Wheel Blazers basketball team, will play for the United States Junior National team in the Australian Junior National Championships in April.

ÑÊTribune staff