No. 4 Portland Posts 3-0 Victory Over Oregon

Oct. 3, 2001

EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Portland women's soccer team stunned Oregon with two goals in the first 13 minutes and cruised to a 3-0 victory Wednesday at Pape' Field. The loss to the fourth-ranked Pilots (8-1-0) snapped the Ducks' school-record winning streak at four games.

Oregon had a chance to get on the scoreboard in the second minute of the game when freshman Nicole Garbin reeled in a long pass and dribbled behind the Portland defense, but could not beat Pilot goalkeeper Cristin Shea in a one-on-one showdown. Shea charged out of the net and dropped to her right to stop Garbin's low line-drive attempt.

'We need to finish our opportunities,' said Oregon coach Bill Steffen. 'You don't get that many opportunities against a team like Portland and I know Nicole feels bad about that one. But I hope this turns out to be a good learning experience for us. If we don't learn from our mistakes, that's what I'm more concerned about as opposed to the outcome today.'

Just one minute later, Portland knocked the Ducks on their heels with a soft goal on a set play. Oregon was whistled for a foul just outside the penalty box, and on the ensuing direct kick, Kristin Moore sent a soft pass through to Lisa Casagrande who rolled off the Oregon wall unchecked and booted in an open shot from seven yards out.

Then in the 13th minute, another defensive breakdown yielded another Pilot goal. Duck goalkeeper Sarah Peters attempted to clear a ball near the endline, but was late getting to the ball and her clearing kick deflected off Casagrande, who tapped the ball into the empty net for a 2-0 lead.

Portland capped the scoring in the 22nd minute when Christine Sinclair took a pass from Moore, found a clearing in traffic and fired a laser into the net from 18 yards out.

The teams went scoreless the final 68 minutes, though a refocused effort resulted in a 9-4 advantage in shots for Oregon in the second half. For the game, seniors Beth Bowler and Chalise Baysa led the Ducks with five shots a piece.

'The second half was much better because I thought we came out and challenged them, but we don't have a good taste in our mouths tight now,' said Steffen. 'We need to show up and give 100 percent all of the time because we have to work for everything we get.'

Despite the loss, the Ducks are still off to the best start in school history, standing 5-2-1 after the team's first eight matches. Oregon hosts Portland State Sunday at 1 p.m. at Pape' Field in its final non-conference match of the season.


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