Freshman's Goal Helps Women's Soccer Defeat Gonzaga 1-0

Aug. 31, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - Nicole Garbin's goal in the 85th minute propelled Oregon to a 1-0 victory Friday over Gonzaga in the season-opener at Pape' Field before 537 fans.

Garbin, a freshman from Wailuku, Hawai`i, ran down a 70-yard boot by Oregon goalkeeper Sarah Peters and fired a shot past Gonzaga goalie Brooke Longacre that landed in the right side of the net. It marked Peters' first assist of her career.

'I was glad we contintued the fight considering we had some chances we missed that were kind of disheartening,' sixth-year Oregon coach Bill Steffen said. 'It's important for us to find a way to win and we did that.'

Oregon dominated the second half, recording 21 shots to Gonzaga's four. For the match, the Ducks had 30 shots while the Bulldogs managed eight.

Peters, a junior, notched her first career shutout and tallied four saves.

'Sarah was under a lot of pressure with some corner kicks near the end of the game, but she managed to hold the ball,' Steffen said.

Freshman Elise Minvielle also sparked the Ducks with her defensive effort in the second half. ' That's a great start to her college career,' Steffen said.

The Ducks are now 5-1 in season-opening matches, which includes four straight wins.

Senior forward Beth Bowler led all players with eight shots while Ann Westermark and Chalise Baysa each had six for Oregon. Garbin finished with four shots. Gonzaga's Kristine Wirtjes had a team-high three shots.

Oregon (1-0-0) hits the road to take on Idaho next Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Ducks then play at Montana on Friday at 4 p.m.

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