Oregon women’s soccer concluded their participation in the Nike Tournament Sunday afternoon as they faced off against Loyola Marymount at Papé Field.
In a close contest through most of the game, it was a late goal from Oregon junior forward Kristen Parr that broke the tie and gave the Ducks a 1-0 victory over the Lions. With the win, Oregon (3-1-0) has now won its last three games.
Before the goal, frustratingly close misses from the Ducks marked the match.
In the first half the two best shots for the Ducks were both good looks that clanged off the crossbar. The frame denied both Oregon’s sophomore midfielder Marlo Sweatman and redshirt freshman defender Caitlyn Wong.
In the second half the pace of the game continued as the defenses looked stout. The Ducks continued to get close attempts, but couldn’t find a way to the back of the net. Freshman midfielder Miranda Schulz, senior midfielder Ryann Davie and freshman forward Zoe Higgins all added their names to the list of Oregon players who recorded missed chances.
Finally the Ducks were able to score via Parr in the 83rd minute. Off a corner from Lily Archer, Parr was able to work her way open to bury the shot.
One of the reasons for the plethora of shots on goal for the Ducks in the game was the play of the outside wingers. Oregon made its living by swinging the ball wide and sending players into the box for quality balls from the outside.
Depth and well-timed substitutions was also key for the Ducks as they tried to keep fresh legs in the game at all times. This allowed the players on the field to hold nothing back and stay aggressive as they knew they could turn to the bench if needed.
Coming into the game the Lions had historically gotten the better of the Ducks, holding a 2-1-0 series advantage. Now with the Oregon win, the series is all level.
The victory also ends a perfect Nike Tournament for the Ducks after they defeated Saint Mary’s as well Friday evening.
Next on the schedule for the soccer team is an appearance at the Oregon State Tournament hosted in Eugene. Both Eastern Michigan and Cal State Fullerton will be coming into town to face off against the Ducks. First game is scheduled for Friday.
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