EUGENE, Ore. – University of 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 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 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 No. 3 seed Stanford in the MPSF Championship, which will be played Saturday at 2 p.m. MT. The winner of the MPSF title earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
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