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UP women need two wins to get into Final Four

Pilot men enter NCAA tourney with healthy roster, 12-5-1 record

University of Portland

soccer coach Clive Charles doesn't know much about the University of Richmond women's team, and he figures he doesn't have to.

'As long as we take care of the ball when we have it, we should be fine,' Charles says as his seventh-ranked Pilots prepare to play host to the Spiders at 1 p.m. Sunday in the third round of the NCAA playoffs. 'I don't need to know much about Richmond.'

The Pilots, 16-4-2, are focused on getting to the Final Four for the fourth straight year. They need two more wins, having advanced to the third round with 3-0 victories over Idaho State and Utah.

Richmond is 15-5-2 after 1-0 wins over Clemson and James Madison last weekend.

This is the first meeting between UP and Richmond. The winner advances to play the winner of No. 1-ranked Stanford vs. Notre Dame for a spot in the Final Four.

Charles knows a lot more about the Oregon State men's soccer team, which will face the Pilot men in a 1 p.m. Saturday playoff opener, also at Merlo Field.

Portland won the West Coast Conference men's title for the first time in 10 years. The Pilots enter the 48-team NCAA tournament with a healthy roster and a 12-5-1 record.

Oregon State is 13-7 and playing in the tourney for the first time.

The Beavers beat Portland 2-1 on Oct. 2. Charles says the

memorable thing Oregon State did was substitute a lot. Eighteen Beavers have seen action in at least half the team's games.

Charles says he probably won't play more than 13 players Saturday.

Alan Gordon leads Oregon State with 15 goals. Nate Jaqua has nine goals and seven assists to lead Portland.

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