PORTLAND -- The University of Portland had a spectacular day at the pitch on Monday, not on The Bluff. Pilots scored five goals in Manchester, England in an Olympic matchup that will not be soon forgotten.
Former UP player Megan Rapinoe had two goals for the U.S., Christine Sinclair playing for Canada scored a hat trick. The Americans took the match 4-3 as the seconds ticked down on the second extra time.
Photos: USA 4, Canada 3 in Olympic epic
Portland coach Garrett Smith trained both of them.
"People have asked 'are you excited about the game'," Garrett told KGW's Reggie Aqui. "Yeah! Five times. My goodness."
Pilots assistant coach Lisa Seary was equally excited.
"To make three goals in a game like that," she said of Sinclair, "She's the only one I know who can do it."
Rapinoe scored two stunning goals, bending one in to the near post on a corner kick and another laser cross-pitch and off the far ost
Rapinoe and the U.S. face Japan Thursday for the gold medal at London's Wembley Stadium.