Oregon Soccer Overpowers Portland State, 4-2

Oct. 7, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - Behind two goals Sunday from senior defender Starr Johnson, the University of Oregon women's soccer team overpowered Portland State 4-2 at Pape' Field.

Oregon (6-2-1, 0-0 Pac-10), off to its best start in school history, scored the match's first four goals. Johnson had the first goal-also the first in her four-year career-from five yards out in the 16th minute on two outstanding passes from Nicole Garbin and Chalise Baysa.

'I'm very pleased for Starr,' sixth-year Oregon coach Bill Steffen said. 'She's always wanted to score. She's a tremendous person and you always want to see good people get rewarded.'

Senior forward Beth Bowler, who also established a school-record with 11 shots, had the match's second goal, a 25-yarder in the 20th minute. It marked her fourth goal of the year.

Oregon had a school-record 39 shots, breaking the record set earlier this year (30) against Gonzaga. Portland State managed just seven shots, most in the game's final minutes.

Johnson then scored her second goal, unassisted, in the 50th minute, from 20 yards away. Baysa, the Ducks' all-time leading scorer, then capped Oregon's scoring in the 53rd minute off a corner kick from Bowler. It was her 28th career goal and fifth of the season.

Portland State (0-9-2) managed two goals against Oregon reserve goalkeeper Domenique Lainez, the first by Amy Orr in the 78th minute and the last by Melanie Langley in the 87th minute.

'I was pleased with our play some of the time, but there are other situations where I think we took away a pretty good lesson,' Steffen said. 'We need to maintain a high level to play for 90 minutes. To give them credit, Portland State penalized us for our sloppiness.

'We need to develop from this game and see how high we can raise our level, especially with the Pac-10 starting.'

Oregon will complete its six-match homestand next weekend as it takes on No. 6-ranked California on Friday at 3 p.m. and No. 7-ranked Stanford on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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