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Dees, Pilots survive WSU on penalty kicks

For the second year in a row, the Portland Pilots have won a first-round NCAA women's soccer playoff game on penalty kicks.

The Pilots thwarted Washington State on Friday night, edging the Cougars 6-5 on PKs at Merlo Field after the teams had played to a 2-2 draw through two overtimes.

Last year, UP beat Oregon State on penalty kicks in the first round (the Pilots lost in the 2010 second round to Washington on PKs).

Portland will play next week against the winner of Saturday's opening-round match between Michigan and Central Michigan. That game is likely to take place at Penn State.

Pilot goalie Erin Dees made three season-saving stops in the penalty kick format to keep her team alive.

Taylor Brooke's conversion in the ninth round pushed fourth-seeded and 21st-ranked Portland through to the second round.

WSU finished with a 19-10 edge in shots and a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks.

The Cougars led twice in regulation, but Portland responded quickly after each Washington State goal.

Brandi Vega scored for WSU at 35:36; Kendall Johnson answered from 15 yards at 42:06, off an assist by Amanda Frisbie.

Nicole Setterlund gave the Cougs a 2-1 lead at 53:46; Michelle Cruz squared the count for the Pilots at 61:58, tipping in a long pass from Johnson.

Dees had eight saves, two more than WSU keeper Gurveen Clair.

Portland improved to 11-4-5, while Washington State finished its season at 12-6-2.