Murphy's Goal Lifts Women's Soccer to 3-2 Overtime Win at Arizona State

Oct. 21, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior Annie Murphy (Eugene, Ore./South Eugene) scored in sudden-death overtime as the University of Oregon women's soccer team picked up its first Pac-10 win Sunday as it ousted Arizona State 3-2.

Oregon improves to 7-5-1 and 1-3-0 in conference play while the Sun Devils fall to 7-7-0, 1-3-0.

On the deciding goal, Murphy received a pass from Chalise Baysa and went around Sun Devil keeper Kristin Slater, lifting the ball into the goal just as an Arizona State defender got to her. It marked Murphy's first game-winner in her three-year Oregon career.

'It was a great test of character for our kids,' sixth-year Oregon coach Bill Steffen said. 'Annie had the best game in her career.'

Murphy, however, suffered an MCL injury on the winning score. Her status hasn't been determined.

Oregon opened the match with a goal in the fifth minute when Murphy took a pass from about 15 yards out from Baysa, through traffic, and kicked the ball past Slater. It was Murphy's second goal this season.

Arizona State tied the game in the 65th minute when Patrice Feulner received a slip pass from Stacey Tullock and shot the ball in the net from 10 yards out.

However, the tie was short lived as Oregon pushed the lead to 2-1 just two minutes later. Senior forward Beth Bowler shot the ball from 10 yards out that was initially stopped by Slater, but then slipped through her hands and rolled into the goal. Baysa was credited with her second of an Oregon school-record three assists Sunday. It also was Bowler's fifth goal this year.

The Sun Devils answered in the 83rd minute when Antoinette Marjanovic slipped a pass to Andrea Waite in front of the goal and then tapped the ball past Duck goalkeeper Sarah Peters.

In overtime, Oregon looked to have the game won just minutes into the extra period when Baysa lined up for a penalty kick. Her attempt, though, was too strong and clipped the top of the crossbar, sailing out of bounds.

'For us to be able to shake off that heartbreak is a very good indication of our character,' Steffen said.

Arizona State outshot Oregon 21-14.

Oregon returns to Eugene for its final homestand this season. The Ducks play host to No. 2-ranked UCLA on Friday at 3p.m. and then take on USC on Sunday at noon.

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