No. 11 Denver Takes Down USC in MPSF Semifinal Match

EUGENE, Ore. – Denver senior Mikayla Clark (Eden Prairie, Minn.) recorded a career-high five points off a hat trick and two assists, leading the No. 11 Pioneers to a 17-11 victory over Southern California in the semifinals of the MPSF tournament at the University of Oregon on Thursday afternoon.

Sophomore Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.), who leads the nation in assists, dished out three helpers and added a goal, while junior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) registered a hat trick and an assist for the Pioneers (17-1).

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made 13 saves in the cage, her third-straight game with at least 13 saves. Senior Kate Henrich (Lansdale, Pa.) continued her record-setting season with five more caused turnovers and four ground balls, and sophomore Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) had eight draw controls against USC (8-10).

“USC is a great team, and we were really happy to earn the win,” 2013 MPSF Coach of the Year Liza Kelly said. “I am really proud of this team for handling everything thrown at them today.”

The top-seeded Pioneers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead just 5:09 into the contest. The Trojans cut the deficit back to one goal at 4-3 with 17:21 left in the first half, but Denver scored four more and took an 8-5 lead to the break.

No. 4 seed USC was back to within two goals at 9-7 with 22:43 remaining in the game, but DU went on a 7-1 run to seal the victory.

Caroline Cordrey led the Trojans with five goals and one assist.

The Pioneers, who extended their team-record winning streak to 15 games, next face the winner of Thursday's second semifinal game between No. 3 seed Stanford and No. 4 seed California in the MPSF Championship, which will be played Saturday at 2:00 p.m. MT. The winner of the MPSF title earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

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EUGENE, Ore. – Fourth-seeded USC (8-10) dropped a hard-fought 17-11 decision to top-seeded and 11th-ranked Denver (17-1) in the semifinals of the 2013 MPSF tournament on Thursday, May 2, at Pape Field.

The Women of Troy exceeded expectations in the program's inaugural season and finished the regular season in fourth place in the MPSF after a preseason coaches poll had USC pegged to finish seventh.

"I think it was great that we made the tournament," said head coach Lindsey Munday. "I'm really proud of the team, but at the end of the day, we wanted to win this game and that was what we were focused on. For the players, I think they do have to be proud of how much they have improved throughout the season, but we have to remember this feeling; this feeling of getting to the tournament and not finishing the way we wanted to."

The Trojans out-shot the Pioneers, 33-28, but Denver goalie Hannah Hook came up with 13 saves for her team. USC also had more ground balls and put points on the board on four free-position goals, but it was the Pioneers who were the aggressors when it was most important.

"Denver is a really physical team and they are really aggressive," said Munday. "Especially early on in the first half, we weren't really ready for how hard they were going to come out. I think we were a little shocked by it so we had a couple of turnovers that hurt us. We changed it around in the second half, but right off the bat, we had to come with more and be ready to play a little harder."

Freshman attacker Caroline Cordrey continued her torrid string of games and scored a career-high five goals for USC. Cordrey also dished out one of the Trojans' three assists on the day, had two ground balls, and a draw control. MPSF Rookie of the Year freshman midfield Amanda Johansen had two goals and an assist and controlled the draw five times to extend her conference record to 100 draw controls in her first season.

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