Portland, OR: The University of Portland Pilots released their schedule for the upcoming 2015 season. The Pilots finished the season with a disappointing 6-6 record last year, but managed to make the playoffs where they lost a nail biter to Gonzaga in Spokane. The Pilots play a fifteen game schedule, pitting themselves against some of the top teams from the West Coast and the Pacific Northwest.
While the losses of key seniors provide sizable holes to fill, the Pilots bring back most of their roster and added a productive freshmen class to mitigate these losses. With a year of head coaching under the belt, head coach Jake Schuit looks to fine-tune an offense that scored 174 goals last season and retains its core pieces. Portland looks to rebound defensively, where the Pilots struggled for long stretches last season, with the appointment of Rich Cooke to its smothering pedigree.
PORTLAND PILOTS’ 2015 SCHEDULE http://mcla.us/team/portland/2015/schedule.html
The Pilots hit the ground running against three consecutive Division 1 opponents against Oregon, Oregon State and Washington. A key non-divisional game goes down when the Pilots take on reigning PNCLL champions Western Washington under the lights on February 21st in Bellingham, WA, a series where the last three games have each been decided by a single goal.
Portland has a key divisional matchup when they head to Ashland for the second time in two weeks to play Southern Oregon on April 11th under the lights of Raider Stadium. The Pilots then conclude their season on the road against current South Division champions and PNCLL runner’s up Western Oregon on April 16th in Monmouth, OR.
“This season we welcome our largest freshman class in program history,” explains head coach Jake Schuit, “The sky is the limit for this group of guys and if we can play smart and prepare for each opponent, we feel good about our potential for success this year. We have added some experience on the defensive end and return everyone on the offensive side of the ball. With some strong senior leadership we hope to be competing in the playoffs come May.”