Thursday's best game: BYU soccer hosts two-time champion Pilots
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The BYU women's soccer team will get some major exposure Thursday, playing against one of the country's elite programs.

In their first game as members of the West Coast Conference, the Cougars will host the University of Portland Pilots at South Field at 7 p.m. Reserved seats are $7 and general admission tickets are $5.

The game will also be televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.

"We are really grateful for our conference and for the challenging teams that are in the conference," junior defender Dana Oldroyd said. "So this will be a really fun game for us and a good opportunity for us."

BYU enters the game with a 6-3-2 record, but has not played since a Sept. 22 victory over Utah State. Portland, which won national championships in 2002 and 2005, is 5-5-1.

The Cougars last hosted the Pilots in 2002, when they beat the eventual champs in Provo. It was BYU's only loss to Portland in five tries.

Like most of the other varsity sports at BYU, the women's soccer team this year transitioned from the Mountain West Conference to West Coast Conference, one of the elite soccer conferences nationally.

After Portland Thursday, the Cougars will host No. 8 Pepperdine on Saturday.

"We're really excited about that and looking forward to show them who BYU is," Oldroyd said.

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