Women's Soccer

Soccer Signs Six

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EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s soccer will welcome six new players for the fall 2021 season head coach Graeme Abel announced Thursday.
 
The six signees include three international players and three from California. Joining the team in the fall will be Californians Alice Barbieri (San Jose), Maddy Goldberg (Pleasanton) and Kaitlyn Paculba (Huntington Beach), as well as Kess Elmore (Liverpool) and Anna Phillips (Bolton) from England and Australian Lara Kirkby (Adelaide).
 
Barbieri, Elmore and Paculba are forwards, Kirkby is a midfielder, Phillips plays center back and Goldberg is a goalkeeper. Elmore is a graduate transfer from Connecticut while the other five signees are freshmen.
 
“We are extremely excited to add this class to our program,” said Abel. “It gives a great mix of technical ability and athleticism. We needed to add depth and additional quality to our roster and feel as though we have really found it. We can’t wait for Kess, Alice, Anna, Maddy, Kaitlyn and Lara to arrive on campus!”
 
They will join a team this fall that returns 10 starters from a squad that went 6-5-5 last season and set a program record with a 0.69 goals against average.
 
Alice Barbieri
Fr., 5-10, M, San Jose, Calif., Leigh High School; Club Team: Mountain View Los Altos SC
 
HIGH SCHOOL
Led Leigh High School to a conference title and a state championship game appearance … A two-time selection for the all-District Team (one first team, one second team) … Twice named to the Central Coast Section first team … Led Mountain View Los Altos SC in assists and was second in goals … Twice selected for the Elite Clubs National League player development program.
 
PERSONAL
Born in San Jose, Calif. … Parents are Arianna Caliari and Alessandro Barbieri … Major is undeclared.
 
“I was impressed by the amount of effort that is put into taking care of student-athletes, both on the academic side as well as on the athletic side. I was also very impressed by the playing style and how the players were always ready to improve every time they stepped on the field. The facilities were an amazing representation of how Oregon treats their athletes.”
 
Kess Elmore
Sr., 5-5, F, Liverpool, England, Formby High School / Connecticut; Club Team: Liverpool Ladies FC
 
BEFORE OREGON
Scored 12 goals with seven assists for 31 points over four years at Connecticut … Has six career game-winning goals … 56 career games played with 38 starts … Scored three goals in the 2020-21 season (two game-winners) … Named to the 2019 American Athletic Conference Second Team after leading the Huskies in goals (four), assists (six) and points (14) … Ranked seventh in the AAC in assists … Tallied a goal and an assist versus both Fairfield and Boston U. … Had three straight games with an assist in October of 2019 … Missed the 2018 season due to a torn ACL … Named 2017 AAC Second Team All-Conference and to the All-Rookie Team as a freshman … Posted four goals, one assist and nine points during that season … First multi-goal game came against SMU, including the game-winner in the 88th minute.
 
CLUB / INTERNATIONAL
Played for Liverpool Ladies FC where she was a four-time player of the year for the club (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) … Won the Youth Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup) with Liverpool in 2014 … A member of the U20 England National Team.
 
PERSONAL
Born in Liverpool, England … Parents are John and Patricia Elmore … Graduated from UConn with a degree in sport management … Working on a graduate degree in sports product management at Oregon.
 
“When planning my next step for graduate school and continuing my playing career, UO was on my radar. UO’s prestigious history alongside the perfect balance of athletic and academic excellence made the decision easy for me to make. I am blown away by the sport and academic facilities and I can’t wait to get out there.”
 
Maddy Goldberg
Fr., 5-8, GK Pleasanton, Calif., Foothill High School; Club Team: Pleasanton Rage
 
HIGH SCHOOL
Rated as the No. 45 overall player of the 2021 class by Top Drawer Soccer, the No. 5 goalkeeper nationally and the top goalkeeper in the state of California … An East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) first team selection as a junior in 2020 … Led Foothill High School to the state playoffs in 2018 and 2020 … Club experience with the Pleasanton Rage included an appearance in the 2017 national semifinals in Chicago … Member of the Olympic Development Program’s state and regional teams … Invited to the 2017 U.S. Women’s National U15 Team Camp.
 
PERSONAL
Born in Walnut Creek, Calif. … Parents are Michelle and Cary Goldberg … Major is undeclared.
 
“I was impressed with the dedication and team culture from the UO soccer program. Everyone comes to practice with the mindset that when they walk out of training, they want to be a better player than the player that walked into training. I really found that the team treats everyone like family. A family who manages to push each other every day to be better, but also has a fun and sincere friendship with one another.”
 
Lara Kirkby
Fr., 5-7, M, Adelaide, Australia, Walford Anglican School for Girls; Club Team: Adelaide United
 
HIGH SCHOOL / CLUB / INTERNATIONAL
Selected for the Independent Girls School Association South Australia soccer team every year since the eighth grade even though the team is geared toward 10th graders and above … Competed every year at the national IGSSA tournament and captained the team in both 2017 and 2018 … Was named the 2019 IGSSA sportsperson of the year for outstanding achievement and leadership … Earned Walford Sport’s Blue 2020 (the school’s highest accolade) … Made W-league (National League Australia) debut with Adelaide United in November 2018 as a 16 year-old … Joined the Adelaide United traveling squad to play against China’s World Cup Team in Queensland in January 2019 … Represented South Australia at the Saitama International Football Tournament in Japan in March 2018 … Named one of Australia’s top 20 age group players at the 2019 national championships … Also recognized at Walford for her excellence in business and math … Received the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in 2017
 
PERSONAL
Born in Adelaide, Australia … Parents are Petra Heeg and Stephen Kirkby … Major is undeclared.
 
“I was looking for a soccer program that emphasized professionalism and a team culture, but also one that valued each individual as a person and not just a player. I wanted to be challenged by the rigor of the program with a coaching philosophy that fits my playing style.”
 
Kaitlyn Paculba
Fr., 5-5, F, Huntington Beach, Calif., Marina High School; Club Team: LAFC Slammers
 
HIGH SCHOOL
In 2020, led Marina High School to its first league since 1995 and was also on the league champion girl’s track and field team … Named the 2020 Wave League most valuable player … Was an all-Wave League first team selection in 2020 and a section team pick in 2019 … Led team in scoring her final three seasons … On the track, was the 2018 Orange County 100 meter champion and a four-year CIF qualifier in the sprints … Was the leading scorer for LAFC Slammers in 2018 with 34 goals and 16 assists … LAFC Slammers was the 2018 Elite Clubs National League 2018 national champions and advanced to the national semifinals in 2019 … Participated in Olympic Development Program in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
 
PERSONAL
Born in Fontana, Calif. … Parents are Dean Paculba and Stephanie Walker … Major is undeclared.
 
“Ever since I was a kid, I always dreamed of playing soccer for the University of Oregon. Once I got the opportunity to visit the campus and meet the coaches, it was clear that Oregon would be my home for the next four years. I really enjoyed the coaches’ positive energy and the program’s family-like atmosphere.”
 
Anna Phillips
Fr., 5-7, D, Bolton, England, Bolton School Girls Division; Club Team: Manchester City
 
CLUB / INTERNATIONAL
Named the best defender of the Madrid International Cup after leading Manchester City to the championship match … Has extensive international experience with England’s junior national teams … Played for England in the 2019 U17 European Qualifier in Bosnia as well as the U16 Nordic Cup in Sweden … Also played on the 2019 UEFA Development Tournament.
 
PERSONAL
Born in Bolton, England … Parents are Janet and Simon Phillips … Major is undeclared.
 
“Ever since I was young and started playing football I have always wanted to study and play in the U.S. I am blown away by the sport and academic facilities and I can’t wait to get out there. The ambition, positivity and feeling of team at the UO is something I want to be a part of.”
 
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More Soccer Firsts: Three Ducks Named All-Pac-12

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EUGENE, Ore. – Three Ducks were named to the All-Pac-12 Third Team as announced by the league office on Wednesday. This is the first season that three Oregon student-athletes have been named to soccer’s all-conference teams.
 
Midfielder Zoe Hasenauer, center defender Croix Soto and goalkeeper Leah Freeman were the Ducks chosen for the annual honors in a vote of Pac-12 coaches. Freeman was also named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
 
The trio were a big reason why Oregon posted its first winning record, 6-5-5, since 2006 under first-year head coach Graeme Abel.
 
The Ducks were one of the best defensive teams in the conference. Oregon led the Pac-12 with a team-record 0.69 goals against average. Oregon held all but one opponent – Pac-12 champion UCLA – to one goal or less. The previous Duck season mark was 0.81 goal against by the 1980 team.
 
Freeman is the first Duck goalkeeper in program history to be named to an all-conference team. The Berkeley, Calif., native ranked third in the conference in goals against average at 0.74 goals per game. That mark broke Jesse Chatfield’s UO school record of 0.82 in 2006.
 
Freeman also tied for fifth in the Pac-12 with five shutouts and was fifth in the conference in saves per game at 4.07. She was named Pac-12 goalkeeper of the week on March 29 after shutting out California and Stanford.
 
Soto, a sophomore from Pasadena, was one of the main reasons Oregon’s back line was so hard to crack. She started all 16 matches this season and played all 1,561 minutes.

Zoe Hasenauer
 
Hasenauer, a junior from Simi Valley, Calif., started all 16 games and had two goals, two assists and attempted 29 shots. She continued her climb up the Oregon career lists in 2020-21. She finished the season with 11 career assists (tied for sixth) and 121 career shots (seventh).
 
The three are the first Ducks to earn All-Pac-12 honors since current Portland Thorns striker Marissa Everett in 2017.
 
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Overtime Goal Gives Ducks Rivalry Win

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EUGENE, Ore. — Oh baby, was Friday a night to remember for the Oregon soccer program.

A little over 24 hours after UO coach Graeme Abel and his wife welcomed a new daughter to the family, Abel was on the sideline to lead the Ducks to a 1-0 overtime victory over Oregon State at Papé Field that clinched a season sweep of the Beavers and a winning record for Oregon.

Ally Cook’s header off a corner kick by Chai Cortez with 96:23 on the clock gave the Ducks a victory on senior night, and a 6-5-5 record for Oregon’s first regular-season finish above .500 since 2006. The Ducks should be in the conversation Monday for a berth in the NCAA Tournament, though the pandemic-related reduction of the field from 64 teams to 48 could impact their chances.

“They’ve got to talk about us,” said Abel, whose third child is a baby girl the family named Ava. “Whether we’re in or not, I don’t know. … Regular year, 64 (teams), we’re in. This is where this program needs to be moving forward — every year for the selection show, we’re in front of that TV expecting our name to be called.”

Goal Jube Dog Pile

How It Happened: The Ducks went to overtime for the seventh time this year, but won in extra time for the first time. Midway through the first 10-minute overtime, it was Oregon’s lone senior, Chardonnay Curran, who drove the ball into Oregon State territory, creating momentum for what ended up being the game-winning goal.

Oregon kept up the pressure on the Beavers after Curran created that momentum, ultimately building to a corner kick by Cortez. Just as was the case in Abel’s debut as UO coach, against Gonzaga on Feb. 7, Cortez lofted a corner that Cook finished with her head for a 1-0 victory.
 

The victory was the fourth of the year for Oregon in conference play, nearly matching the program’s total number of conference wins in the previous three years combined (six).

“It’s crazy; I’m just proud of us and proud of how far we’ve come,” Curran said. “We came in here with a goal, and it was to do whatever we can to help change this program. Year by year, it felt like we were close. To finally be here and do exactly what we’ve done now, it’s nice. I’m just so proud of everyone.”

The overtime goal gave UO keeper Charlotte Brisley a shutout in her first start of the year. The sum total of her playing time this season entering Friday was 44 seconds, after an injury to Leah Freeman late in Sunday’s tie at Washington State.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Oregon State Beavers at Papé Field in Eugene Oregon on April 16, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

“She’s been pushing Leah this whole season, and we’ve seen her grow throughout the year,” Cook said. “She’s been killing it in practice. So it was no surprise she stepped up — but she stepped up, big-time.”

Brisley had to make two saves back-to-back in the final 10 minutes of regulation, including a diving effort in the 83rd minute. Two minutes later, Jordan Wormdahl got off a shot at the other end that OSU’s keeper deflected into open space in front of the goal, but a defender was able to deflect the ball away before Cook could reach it for a shot. Just a few minutes into overtime, though, Cook got another chance and made it count.

The Ducks created a couple of chances late in the first half, with Curran taking a shot from the top of the box that the keeper deflected over the goal, and Lexi Romero chipping a pass ahead to Cook a couple minutes later for a shot that was saved. Romero had another chance midway through the second half, looking to collect a long pass behind the OSU back line, but the keeper aggressively played the ball and was able to break up the play.

Lexi Romero

In the 78th minute, OSU was fouled just outside the 18-yard box but sent a free kick well over the UO net. Four minutes later another free kick just outside the box led to the chance that required the diving save from Brisley.

Who Stood Out: Cook’s goal was her fourth of the season, all of which were game-winners. Romero, Caitlin Shaw and True Dydasco were credited with two shots each, and all contributed to consistent pressure by the Ducks most of the night. Curran, Cortez, Mia Palmer and Croix Soto contributed on the back line as Oregon posted its sixth shutout of the year.

Special mention goes to Abel, who drove to Seattle after Oregon’s practice Thursday for the delivery of his daughter, then flew back to Eugene on Friday in time for the game.

“Crazy 24 hours,” he said. “Mother and baby are doing great; they’re back home now. And then Ally Cook pops up and scores the winner. So, good 24 hours.”

The Oregon Ducks take on the Oregon State Beavers at Papé Field in Eugene Oregon on April 16, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

Notable: This is Oregon’s first winning record (6-5-5) since the 2006 team went 12-6-2. … This is Oregon’s best conference finish – seventh – since tying for seventh in 2010. … Oregon set a season record by allowing just 0.69 goals per game. The previous mark was 0.81 GAA by the 1980 team. … Individually, Freeman, set the UO goals against average season record with a 0.74 mark, beating the previous record of 0.82 by Jessie Chatfield in 2006. … Oregon held opponents to one goal or less in all but one game in 2020-21, a 3-0 loss to No. 3 UCLA. …  The 12 goals scored by Oregon’s opponents is the lowest season total allowed in program history. The 1980 team yielded just 14 goals in 17 games. … Cook is now tied for sixth on the UO career list with six game-winning goals. … The Ducks have won two straight matches against Oregon State for the first time since 2014-15.

Up Next: The NCAA Tournament field will be announced Monday at 10 a.m.

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Ducks Close Out Regular Season with OSU

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Oregon celebrates Senior Night Friday at 6 p.m. at Pape’ Field versus Oregon State (Pac-12 Network).

WHAT TO WATCH
• The Ducks will recognize three seniors in pregame ceremonies: Midfielder/defender Chardonnay Curran, student manager Erin Carrillo-Bautista and creative director Reilly Wadsworth.
Chardonnay Curran will be making her team-best 65th career start on Friday. She has accumulated four goals and seven assists during her career. The four-year letterwinner had one of the most significant goals in program history as a sophomore, when she scored the game-winning goal in a victory at Portland that was the Ducks’ first-ever win against the Pilots.
• Oregon’s other three seniors, True Dydasco, Eden Hardy and Mia Palmer, will all take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA and finish their careers after the fall 2021 season.
• Oregon has held opponents to one goal or less in 14-of-15 games this season. The only team to score more than once against the Ducks in 2020-21 was Pac-12 champion UCLA (3-0). Oregon’s current 0.74 goals against average would be the best in program history (0.81, 1980).
• Earlier this season, freshman Leah Freeman, who was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week On March 29, set the Ducks’ individual scoreless minutes record with a streak of 471:54 minutes from March 12-April 2. Her current goals against average of .074 is lower than the current UO individual mark of 0.82 by Jesse Chatfield in 2006.
Ally Cook is tied for second in the Pac-12 with three game-winning goals. She is tied for 27th nationally in game-winners. Her decisive scores have come Feb. 7 against Gonzaga, Feb. 26 versus No. 3 Stanford and March 19 at Oregon State.

PUTTING THE “D” IN DUCKS
With one match remaining in the regular season, Oregon is on pace for one of the best defensive seasons in program history. The Ducks’ current goals against average, 0.74, is slightly better than the best two seasons ever recorded by Oregon – 0.808 GAA in 1980 and 0.815 GAA in 2006. The Ducks have surrendered more than one goal just once this season – a 3-0 loss to No. 3 UCLA on March 5. A lot of that can be attributed to Oregon’s experience on the back line. Combined, the four starters have 182 career starts: seniors Mia Palmer (56) and Chardonnay Curran (64), junior Chai Cortez (32) and sophomore Croix Soto (30). The other part of that has been the play of freshman goalkeeper Leah Freeman. Her individual goals against average, which is the same as the team’s 0.74, is lower than the current school record of 0.82 set by Jessie Chatfield in 2006.

COOK’S KITCHEN TIMER
Sophomore Ally Cook is second in the Pac-12 lead in game-winning goals with three, which is also tied for 27th nationally. This season, she has scored game-winning goals against Gonzaga (Feb. 7), Stanford (Feb. 26) and Oregon State (March 19). Cook has also played more minutes in the field (1,322) than any Duck outside of center backs Chardonnay Curran and Croix Soto who both have played every minute this season (1,466).

COOK, HASENAUER CLIMB CAREER LISTS
Zoe Hasenauer and Ally Cook are moving up on the UO career records lists. Cook is now tied for seventh in career game-winning goals with five. Hasenauer moved into seventh in career shots last week with 120. She’s just two back of sixth place (Sierra Marsh, 122, 1996-99). Hasenauer also jumped into a tie for sixth in UO career assists (11) last week.

FRESHMAN FREEMAN ENTERS CAREER TOP 10?
A solid campaign in net for freshman Leah Freeman has propelled the Berkeley, Calif., native into Oregon’s career top-10 in a couple of categories – more on how that happened in a moment. Through 15 games, Freeman has 61 saves and five shutouts – both of which rank in the UO career top 10. She is sixth in career shutouts (5) and is 10th in both saves (61) and wins (5). How can that be? In the relatively brief, two-plus decades of the program, Oregon’s starting goalkeepers have enjoyed a relatively long tenure. The average length of time for a Ducks’ starter in net is 2.7 seasons. Amanda Fox (1996-99) and Abby Steele (2011-14) were four-year starters, while Sarah Peters (1999-02), Jesse Chatfield (2005-09) and Halla Hinriksdottir (2015-18) spent three seasons minding the net. In fact, only nine keepers in program history have played more than Freeman’s 15 games in goal.
 

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Ducks Gritty in 1-1 Tie at WSU

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PULLMAN, Wash. – True Dydasco tied the game in the 71st minute and Oregon’s defense rose to the occasion as the Ducks and Washington State played to a 1-1 tie Sunday at Lower Soccer Field.
 
In a match that featured 30 shots and 35 fouls. Oregon (5-5-5, 3-4-3) prevented the Cougars from getting many clean looks at the goal. When they did, goalkeeper Leah Freeman was there to tidy things up, making three saves, including the final one in the 110th minute on a severely injured leg.
 
How it Happened: Both teams had scoring chances throughout the first half, but it was WSU (6-3-2, 2-2-2) scoring first off a corner kick in the 39th minute.
 
Sydney Pulver lofted a corner toward the 18-yard-line that Mykiaa Minniss headed forward to Margie Detrizio for the scoring header.
 
The teams went to halftime with the Cougars leading 1-0.
 
In the second half, Oregon put pressure on WSU with Zoe Hasenauer’s shot from the right side in the 59th minute that trailed just beyond the far post.
 
The Ducks nearly broke through on a free kick in the 69th minute. Dydasco connected with Ally Cook at the five-yard line and Cook got a foot to the ball but her shot was saved point-blank by WSU’s Marissa Zucchetto. Cook led the team with six shots.
 
Oregon finally knotted the match in the 71st minute when Hasenauer fed Dydasco at the top of the box. The senior from Honolulu took a touch to clear some space and then beat Zuchetto to the left side from 16 yards out.
 
A few minutes later, the Cougars were inches from taking a 2-1 lead. Alyssa Gray slipped a shot past Freeman but Mia Palmer was able to get a toe on it and slow the ball just enough to allow Freeman to pounce on it as it straddled the goal line. In soccer, the entire ball must clear the goal line to count as a score. Freeman also made a save in the 81st minute as the match went into overtime.
 
Neither team was able to mount much of a scoring opportunity in extra time until a wild exchange in the final minute.
 
Oregon dispossessed WSU from the ball around midfield, and Palmer passed the ball back to Freeman, but as Freeman planted her foot to clear the ball away, it stuck in the turf, causing her to strike the ball awkwardly. The Cougars picked up the loose ball in Oregon’s final third as Freeman crumpled to the ground.
 
WSU worked the ball to Gray who was open just outside the box and moved on the Ducks’ goal, but Freeman rose up and charged at the Cougar forward on one healthy leg and blanketed Gray’s shot for her third save of the game. Freeman was unable to continue after the play and Charlotte Brisley played the final 44 seconds in net for the Ducks.
 
Both teams attempted 15 shots. Oregon was called for 17 fouls to WSU’s 18. It was the highest number of fouls in a conference match this season for the Ducks and the second-highest overall.
 
Who Stood Out: Not only did Dydasco score, but she also created some of the Ducks’ best scoring opportunities throughout the match.
 
What It Means: With one match remaining, Oregon has the opportunity for its first winning season in 14 years.
 
Notable: Oregon trailed at halftime for just the third time this season. With her 11th career assist on the goal by Dydasco, Hasenauer moved into a tie for six all-time at Oregon. With three shots on Sunday to give her 120 for her career, Hasenauer passed former teammate Marissa Everett (119/2015-18) for seventh in UO career shots. The goal was Dydasco’s second of the season and second of her career. Freshman Megan Rucker started on defense with Chai Cortez moving up to forward on Sunday. Rucker attempted her first career shot. With the game ending in a draw, Brisley earned the decision in her first action of the season.
 
Injury Update: Freeman did not require an x-ray after the game and travelled with the team back to Eugene. She will be reevaluated this week.
 
Quotable:
Head coach Graeme Abel:
“It was a solid result. WSU is a tough place to play and they’ve been very successful at home, but I was proud of our team because we didn’t back down from that challenge. It was a really good effort for 110 minutes on a Sunday especially coming off a tough overtime game on Friday.”
 
Up Next: Oregon closes out the 2020-21 regular season by hosting Oregon State Friday at 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).
 
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Ducks Fall in Double Overtime

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SEATTLE – Washington scored in the second overtime to defeat Oregon 1-0 Friday afternoon at Husky Soccer Stadium.
 
After 105 scoreless minutes, the Huskies scored on a corner kick in the 106th minute.
 
How it Happened: Oregon (5-5-4, 3-4-2) held possession in Washington’s half early in both halves but were unable to capitalize as the Huskies (8-3-2, 4-3-2) then were able to build their attack and pressure Oregon’s goal a number of times.
 
The Ducks responded with some impressive efforts on the back line. In the 21st minute, Washington sent a cross on target for point-blank header, but Mia Palmer stepped in to break up that opportunity.
 
In the 29th minute, Oregon’s defenders intercepted a corner kick that was headed to the near post and Leah Freeman soared above a crowd of players to snag a cross a few yards in front of the goal. Freeman made four saves in the opening frame.
 
The Ducks’ lone shot of the first half nearly resulted in a goal. Chardonnay Curran sent a long pass up field into the box that Ally Cook was able to get a head on, but her shot bounced off the right post in the 41st minute.
 
The second half unfolded much like the first, with the Ducks on the attack early and the Huskies late. Zoe Hasenauer collected the ball at the UW 18-yard-line in the 60th minute and wheeled and fired a shot that was wide right.
 
After that, the Huskies reasserted themselves and controlled time of possession but Freeman kept Washington at bay. In the 66th minute, she made a tricky save on a ball that ricocheted toward Oregon’s goal.
 
In the 85th minute, Freeman got a hand on a long direct kick that was sailing toward the net, and then covered up the ball on the ensuing scrum to keep the game scoreless.
 
She helped send the game to overtime with a stop on a high line drive by Mary Johnston in the 90th minute.
 
In the first overtime, both True Dydasco and Sofia Vinas put shots on goal that were saved by the Huskies. Caitlin Shaw also had a shot on frame that was blocked in the 98th minute as three of Oregon’s seven shots came in the first overtime.
 
Who Stood Out: Freeman tied her career high with her ninth save in the first minute of the second overtime. Cook attempted a team-high three shots.
 
What It Means: Oregon has allowed one goal or less in 13 of 14 games this season.
 
Notable: Jordan Wormdahl returned to the pitch after missing the last game and a half with an injury.
 
 
Quotable:
Head coach Graeme Abel:
“We never capitalized and built on the first 15 minutes of the game. Washington was able to get themselves into the game. Then it became a scrappy game and we were never able to regain control.”
 
Up Next: Oregon plays its final road game of the season Sunday at Washington State (1 p.m., Pac-12 Live Stream).
 
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Ducks Head North for Final Road Trip

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Oregon heads north for its final road trip of the regular season. The Ducks will face Washington on Friday (3 p.m.) and Washington State on Sunday (1 p.m.). Both matches will be available on Pac-12 Live Stream.

WHAT TO WATCH
• The 3-3-2 record in Pac-12 play is Oregon’s best eight-game mark since the 2006 team stood at 5-1-2.
• The second-longest scoreless streak in program history came to an end in last Friday’s 1-1 tie versus Utah. The Utes’ second half goal ended the streak at 471:54 dating back to the March 12 Arizona State game.
• Freshman Leah Freeman, who was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week last week, broke the Ducks’ individual scoreless minutes record by playing all 471:54 minutes in goal.
• Prior to the Utah match, Oregon had shutout four straight opponents. That was one shy of the program record of five (2011).
Ally Cook is tied for the Pac-12 lead with three game-winning goals. She is tied for 22nd nationally in game-winners. Her decisive scores have come Feb. 7 against Gonzaga, Feb. 26 versus No. 3 Stanford and March 19 at Oregon State.
• Freshman Leah Freeman was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on March 29 after recording shutouts against both California (1-0) and Stanford (0-0). She made seven saves versus Cal and a career-best nine at Stanford.

PUTTING THE “D” IN DUCKS
With three matches remaining in the regular season, Oregon is on pace for one of the best defensive seasons in program history. The Ducks’ current goals against average, 0.720, is slightly better than the best two seasons ever recorded by Oregon – 0.808 GAA in 1980 and 0.815 GAA in 2006. The Ducks have surrendered more than one goal just once this season – a 3-0 loss to No. 3 UCLA on March 5. A lot of that can be attributed to Oregon’s experience on the back line. Combined, the four starters have 174 career starts: seniors Mia Palmer (54) and Chardonnay Curran (62), junior Chai Cortez (30) and sophomore Croix Soto (28). The other part of that has been the play of freshman goalkeeper Leah Freeman. Her individual goals against average, which is the same as the team’s 0.72, is lower than the current school record of .082 set by Jessie Chatfield in 2006.

COOK’S KITCHEN TIMER
Sophomore Ally Cook is tied for the Pac-12 lead in game-winning goals with three, which is also tied for 22nd nationally. This season, she has scored game-winning goals against Gonzaga (Feb. 7), Stanford (Feb. 26) and Oregon State (March 19). Cook has also played more minutes in the field (1,108) than any Duck outside of center backs Chardonnay Curran and Croix Soto who both have played every minute this season (1,250).

COOK, HASENAUER CLIMB CAREER LISTS
Zoe Hasenauer and Ally Cook are moving up on the UO career records lists. Cook is now tied for seventh in career game-winning goals with five. Hasenauer moved into eighth in career shots last week with 116. She’s just three back of seventh place (Marissa Everett, 119, 2015-18) and six behind sixth place (Sierra Marsh, 122, 1996-99). Hasenauer is also tied for eighth in UO career assists (10).

FRESHMAN FREEMAN ENTERS CAREER TOP 10?
A solid campaign in net for freshman Leah Freeman has propelled the Berkeley, Calif., native into Oregon’s career top-10 in a couple of categories – more on how that happened in a moment. Through 13 games, Freeman has 49 saves and five shutouts – both of which rank in the UO career top 10. She is sixth in career shutouts (5) and is 10th in both saves (45) and wins (5). How can that be? In the relatively brief, two-plus decades of the program, Oregon’s starting goalkeepers have enjoyed a relatively long tenure. The average length of time for a Ducks’ starter in net is 2.7 seasons. Amanda Fox (1996-99) and Abby Steele (2011-14) were four-year starters, while Sarah Peters (1999-02), Jesse Chatfield (2005-09) and Halla Hinriksdottir (2015-18) spent three seasons minding the net. In fact, only nine keepers in program history have played more than Freeman’s 13 games in goal.

FREEMAN NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman Leah Freeman, who helped the Ducks shutout both California and Stanford March 26-28, was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on March 29. The Berkeley, Calif., native made what was at the time a career-high seven saves in the Ducks’ 1-0 win over Cal on March 26. Two days later, she raised her career high to nine saves in a 0-0 overtime tie at Stanford. Freeman is tied for the second in the Pac-12 with five shutouts. She ranks third in the league in goals against average (0.72) and fifth in saves per game (3.77). The goalkeeper for the U.S. U-18 and U-16 National Teams and the No. 35 player of the 2019 class is the first Duck to win player of the week honors since Marissa Everett and Emma Eddy in 2018. Freeman is the first Oregon goalkeeper to be recognized since Abby Steele in 2013. She is also just the third Duck freshman to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week. Jessie Chatfield won goalkeeper honors as a freshman in 2005, while Chalise Baysa was an Offensive Player of the Week winner as a freshman in 1998.

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Ducks Dominate Play But Drop Decision

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EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon created the most chances Sunday at Papé Field, but Colorado created the best chance and that was enough for the Buffaloes to come away with a 1-0 victory in their Pac-12 Conference matchup.

The Ducks (5-4-4, 3-3-2 Pac-12) peppered the Colorado goal with 17 shots, including 10 in the second half. None got through, while the Buffaloes found the back of the UO net in the 64th minute to end Oregon’s unbeaten streak at six games.

“They set up the counter and they did it well and they got the goal, so fair play to them,” UO coach Graeme Abel said. “But overall performance, looking long-term, I thought we played really well.”

The Oregon Ducks take on the Colorado Buffaloes at Papé Field in Eugene Oregon on April 4, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

How It Happened: Oregon created at least three glorious chances in the first half. During the 15th minute, Ally Cook got her head on a crossing pass that Colorado’s keeper scrambled to deflect. Lexi Romero was in position to collect the rebound for the Ducks but couldn’t handle it cleanly.

About 10 minutes later, Zoe Hasenauer rocketed a shot with her left foot from just outside the box, requiring a diving save. On the ensuing corner kick, Chardonnay Curran got off a shot that hit the crossbar.


 

In the 39th minute, Curran collected the ball near midfield and passed to Maya Hahn, who sent it into the box. Cook got her head on that one as well, but it went over the goal.

The Ducks kept up the pressure after what Abel termed “maybe our best first half of soccer.” In the first minute of the second half, Hasenauer fired a shot that forced the keeper to poke it over the crossbar. On the ensuing corner, Curran collected the ball and got off a shot, but it deflected off a defender.


 

After Colorado took the lead, however, the Ducks perhaps began to press. They had success earlier in the game attacking from the flanks, but Abel said his staff could have done a better job late in the game emphasizing the need to stick with that tactic.

“When our kids get the message, we execute,” he said. “We just jammed too many things central.”

The Oregon Ducks take on the Colorado Buffaloes at Papé Field in Eugene Oregon on April 4, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

Who Stood Out: Cook led the Ducks with five shots, and Curran fired off three. Lexi Romero, Caitlin Shaw and Hasenauer had two each, as the Ducks got off 17 shots, one off their season-high. The Buffs, meanwhile, only put two shots on goal, but one got through to decide the game.

Up Next: The Ducks play at Washington on  Friday at 3 p.m.

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Ducks Extend Unbeaten Streak to Six

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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon and Utah played to a 1-1 draw Friday afternoon at Pape’ Field.
 
The Ducks extended their unbeaten streak to six matches and have allowed just two goals during that span.

Chai Cortez
 
How it Happened: Chai Cortez broke free in the Utah penalty box in the 32nd minute and was brought down from behind by a couple of Ute defenders, resulting in a penalty kick.
 
Zoe Hasenauer beat Utah goalkeeper SJ Edwards on a low drive to the left side of the net to convert the penalty kick and stake Oregon (5-3-4, 3-2-2) to a 1-0 lead.
 
Ali Schinko scored from five yards out in the 76th minute for Utah (2-7-3, 1-4-2) to knot the match at 1-1. Neither team scored in the last 14 minutes of regulation or overtime.
 
Both teams had second half goals disallowed due to an offside call.
 
Lexi Romero came on as a substitute for the Ducks in the 29th minute and moments later had a good look from close range, but Edwards was able to make the save for the Utes.

Zoe Hasenauer
 
Who Stood Out: Hasenauer had a season-high five shots as Oregon matched its season high with 18, to Utah’s 14. Ally Cook and True Dydasco each attempted four shots for the Ducks.
 
What It Means: Utah’s second half goal ended the second-longest scoreless streak in UO program history. The Ducks did not allow a goal for 471:54 dating back to the March 12 Arizona State game. Leah Freeman played all 471:54 minutes, which is the individual goalkeeper record for scoreless minutes.
 
Notable: Oregon’s 3-2-2 Pac-12 record is its best seven-game mark in league games since the 2006 team opened at 4-1-2.
Hasenauer moved into a tie for eighth in UO career shots with Beth Bowler (1998-01) with 114.
 
Quotable:
Head coach Graeme Abel:
“We felt as though in the first half we had a decent handle on the game. Probably came out in the second half and let the game get a little too stretched. We’ll go back and look at the tape and see where we felt we lost control of the game and make those adjustments for Sunday.”
 
Up Next: Oregon hosts Colorado Sunday at 11 a.m. (Pac-12 Live Stream).
 
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Ducks Bring Five-Match Unbeaten Streak Into the Weekend

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Unbeaten in their last five matches (3-0-2), the stretch run of the season for the Ducks begins this weekend when they host Utah (Friday, 2 p.m.) and Colorado (Sunday, 11 a.m.).

WHAT TO WATCH
• The 3-2-1 record in Pac-12 play is Oregon’s best six-game mark since the 2006 team stood at 4-0-2.
• Oregon entered the week at No. 45 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings. Colorado is at No. 14.
• Oregon has shutout four straight opponents. That’s one shy of the program record of five consecutive shutouts in 2011.
• The Ducks established some program firsts last weekend in the Bay Area. Among those were Oregon’s first win at California (1-0), holding Stanford scoreless at the Cardinal’s home stadium (0-0) and going undefeated on the Bay Area trip for the first time in program history (1-0-1).
Ally Cook is tied for the Pac-12 lead with three game-winning goals. She is tied for 14th nationally in game-winners. Her decisive scores have come Feb. 7 against Gonzaga, Feb. 26 versus No. 3 Stanford and March 19 at Oregon State.
• Freshman Leah Freeman was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday after recording shutouts against both California (1-0) and Stanford (0-0). She made seven saves versus Cal and a career-best nine at Stanford.

FREEMAN NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman Leah Freeman, who helped the Ducks shutout both California and Stanford over the weekend, was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday. The Berkeley, Calif., native made what was at the time a career-high seven saves in the Ducks’ 1-0 win over Cal on Friday. Two days later, she raised her career high to nine saves in a 0-0 overtime tie at Stanford. Freeman is tied for the Pac-12 lead with five shutouts. She ranks third in the league in saves per game (4.09) and fifth in goals against average (0.69). The goalkeeper for the U.S. U-18 and U-16 National Teams and the No. 35 player of the 2019 class is the first Duck to win player of the week honors since Marissa Everett and Emma Eddy in 2018. Freeman is the first Oregon goalkeeper to be recognized since Abby Steele in 2013. She is also just the third Duck freshman to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week. Jessie Chatfield won goalkeeper honors as a freshman in 2005, while Chalise Baysa was an Offensive Player of the Week winner as a freshman in 1998.

BAY AREA HISTORY
Oregon’s trip to the Bay Area on March 26-28 was an historic one for the program. March 26, Oregon won for the first time in Berkeley (1-0). March 28 was the first time in program history that Oregon held Stanford scoreless on its own field (0-0). It was also the first time that the Ducks have gone undefeated on the Bay Area trip.

SHUTOUT STANDARD
Oregon has shutout its last four opponents, which is one match shy of the program record for consecutive shutouts, five set in 2011. It has been 396:28 since the Ducks last allowed a goal, which came in the second half against Arizona State on March 12. That is the second-longest scoreless minutes streak at Oregon. The record, 551:21, came during that 2011 stretch. Individually, Leah Freeman now holds both program records for consecutive shutouts (4) and consecutive scoreless minutes (396:28), both reached during the March 28 match at Stanford. She eclipsed Halla Hinriksdottir’s scoreless minutes mark of 392:09 during the second overtime period at Stanford. During Oregon’s 2011 team record streak, two goalkeepers shared time in the net, thus no individual records came from that period.

COOK IN THE KITCHEN
Sophomore Ally Cook is tied for the Pac-12 lead in game-winning goals with three, which is also tied for 14th nationally. This season, she has scored game-winning goals against Gonzaga (Feb. 7), Stanford (Feb. 26) and Oregon State (March 19).

COOK, HASENAUER CLIMB CAREER LISTS
Zoe Hasenauer and Ally Cook are moving up on the UO career records lists. Cook is now tied for seventh in career game-winning goals with five. Hasenauer ranks tied for eighth in UO career assists (10) and is ninth in shots (109).

FRESHMAN FREEMAN ENTERS CAREER TOP 10?
A solid start in net for freshman Leah Freeman has propelled the Berkeley, Calif., native into Oregon’s career top-10 in a couple of categories – more on how that happened in a moment. Through 11 games, Freeman has 45 saves and five shutouts – both of which rank in the UO career top 10. She is sixth in career shutouts (5) and is 10th in both saves (45) and wins (5). How can that be? In the relatively brief, two-plus decades of the program, Oregon’s starting goalkeepers have enjoyed a relatively long tenure. The average length of time for a Ducks’ starter in net is 2.7 seasons. Amanda Fox (1996-99) and Abby Steele (2011-14) were four-year starters, while Sarah Peters (1999-02), Jesse Chatfield (2005-09) and Halla Hinriksdottir (2015-18) spent three seasons minding the net. In fact, only nine keepers in program history have played more than Freeman’s 11 games in goal.

FOR THE DEFENSE
The Ducks have a lot of experience on the back line. Combined the four starters have 166 career starts: seniors Mia Palmer (52) and Chardonnay Curran (60), junior Chai Cortez (28) and sophomore Croix Soto (26).

CORTEZ CORNER
Chai Cortez scored the first goal of her career on a direct corner kick March 26 at California. Her corner went through the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms and deflected off a Cal defender in to the goal.
 

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