Women's Soccer Smokes San Jose State 5-2

Sept. 18, 2001

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Behind two goals Tuesday night from freshman Nicole Garbin, the University of Oregon women's soccer team defeated San Jose State 5-2 at Spartan Stadium.

The Ducks (2-1-1) also snapped their 10-match road losing streak, which began Oct. 24, 1999, in a 1-0 loss to Washington.

'We simply converted on our chances,' sixth-year Oregon coach Bill Steffen said. 'We got a lot of shots, but the biggest thing is we followed them up. We didn't take shots and watch, we actually took shots and had players running forward afterward.'

Oregon's five goals marked the highest total since beating San Jose State 5-3 in last year's season-opener at Eugene.

The Ducks, who converted the match's first three goals, opened the scoring with senior Annie Murphy in the 27th minute on an assist from Sarah Denner. It marked Murphy's second goal in an Oregon uniform and first in 2001. Just three minutes later, Oregon's all-time leader in goals, Chalise Baysa, also netted her first one this season. Baysa is now two points shy of Erin Anderson's school record 53.

Meanwhile, Garbin got into the act in the 37th minute on an assist from Murphy.

San Jose State (1-3-0) came back with goals from Emily New (39th minute) and Vanessa Afonso (56th minute). Garbin, though, proved too tough on the Spartans, scoring in the 66th minute on a cross from Julie McLellan. Garbin leads the Ducks this season with three goals.

Sophomore Lindsey Werdell scored Oregon's final goal-the first of her career-in the 87th minute on a header off a well-placed corner kick from freshman Amanda Orand. The Ducks had 15 corner kicks on the night while the Spartans had none.

'It was good for us to have a game-we needed to play against somebody,' said Steffen, who scheduled the match last Thursday following the cancellation of two matches last weekend in Tennessee.

The Ducks next play host to Nevada on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Pape' Field in the first of seven straight home matches. Oregon's tentative scrimmage Wednesday at San Francisco has been cancelled.

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