Freshman Strikes Again as Women's Soccer Tops Nevada 2-1

Sept. 23, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - It's becoming old hat for University of Oregon women's soccer freshman Nicole Garbin. Her goal in the 70th minute propelled the Ducks to a 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon over Nevada at Pape' Field.

It marked Garbin's third game-winning goal this season-which already ties Sierra Marsh's 1997 school record-and helped Oregon improve to 3-1-1 on the year.

'She gave us a real spark, a real lift,' sixth-year Oregon coach Bill Steffen said.

Garbin's goal originated from a long pass from defender Angela Romero. Oregon senior Beth Bowler received Romero's pass then quickly tapped it Garbin, who was standing five yards from goal and booted it past Nevada goalie Jessica Gregg for the game's final outcome. It also was Garbin's team-leading fourth goal.

'We're pleased to get a win. At the same time, we look for development,' Steffen said. 'I don't think we developed much from the previous game. We were inconsistent. Mentally, we didn't play a good game.'

The Ducks, who have won two in a row, struck first as Bowler smashed a left-footer from 15 yards out which found the upper-back corner of the net in the 38th minute. Garbin assisted on the goal, which was Bowler's second this year.

Nevada tied the game in the 53rd minute on an unassisted score from Amy Jackson, which was the Wolf Pack's second goal this season.

Oregon outshot Nevada 22-9. The Ducks' Chalise Baysa led all players with six shots while Bowler had five. Leisha Makinano led Nevada (0-7-0) with four shots.

Goalkeeper Sarah Peters also had a solid performance for the Ducks, tallying five saves, including a sliding save out of the box late in the game when Nevada's Patricia Garrick was threatening to score.

Oregon next plays host to San Diego on Friday at 3 p.m. at Pape' Field.

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