USC Edges Women's Soccer 1-0 in Final Home Game

Oct. 28, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - Despite controlling much of the match Sunday afternoon, the University of Oregon women's soccer team couldn't overcome an early USC goal as the Trojans won 1-0.

Oregon drops to 7-7-1 and 1-5-0 while USC improves to 8-4-1, 4-1-0.

USC's Megan Abbamonto scored the match's only goal on a header from 3 yards out in the 13th minute on a corner kick from Kelly Blais.

Oregon created many chances to score throughout the game, but couldn't convert. In the 77th minute,Oregon freshman Nicole Garbin broke through the USC defense and had a one-on-one with goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes. At about 10 yards from goal, Fernandes collided with Garbin, both players fell down, and the ball was kicked out of the box by a USC defender. A similar play occurred between Fernandes and Oregon's Chalise Baysa earlier in the half.

'I'm kind of disappointed because our kids put out a fantastic effort and unfortunately they weren't rewarded,' sixth-year Oregon coach Bill Steffen said. 'Soccer can be a very cruel game and it was cruel for us today. I'm tremendously proud of them for what they did do, however.'

The Ducks outshot the Trojans 21-15, including 13-6 in the first half. Seniors Beth Bowler and Chalise Baysa, both playing in their final home matches, led all players with five shots each. Abbomonto had four shots to lead USC.

Fernandes recorded her fourth shutout this season and tallied 10 saves.

Oregon, still in the hunt for its first NCAA Tournament berth, will play three matches on the road to conclude the regular season. The Ducks will take on Oregon State in the Civil War at Corvallis on Sunday at 2 p.m. The next week, Oregon will play at Washington and Washington State.

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