Soccer Falls 4-0 to Pacific

Sept. 20, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's soccer team again felt its share of offensive frustration Friday, falling 4-0 to Pacific in an effort that was closer than the score in the Nike Tournament opener at Oregon State University's Paul Lorenz Stadium.

The official scorer gave the Ducks a 15-14 shot advantage at game's end, and Oregon also owned an advantage in corner kicks (4-2). In other stat comparisons, Pacific goalkeeper Megan Pickering collected one more save (6) than Oregon senior Sarah Peters (5).

With play see-sawing back and forth between the teams early, the Tigers took a 1-0 advantage at 29:17 on a corner kick-initiated play, as Gabby Olivares made a cross pass along the west sideline that hit the goal bar and bounced in the goal for an unassisted score.

The Ducks' best scoring hopes came in the first period from their leading scorer this season, freshman forward Mele French. The first came at 27:51 when her 12-yard shot from the right center area of the box hit the left post and ricocheted out of bounds. After Pacific scored, the Mililiani, Hawaii native nearly answered at 43:45 on an open opportunity from six yards out on the right side of the goalkeepers box that floated across the goal wide and high. With 13 seconds left on the clock, she missed on a brief opening from 10 yards out, as a Pacific defender quickly recovered to force her shot wide.

As the second period unwound, Pacific's offense began to take firmer control of the game's momentum, and put it away in the final half-hour with a pair of goals at 64:24 and 66:37 by Olivares (a header in front of the goal off a perfectly-lobbed corner to the middle of a crowded box) and Suzy Peterson (10 yards center and unassisted off a loose ball), respectively.

In the game's closing moments, the Tigers struck once more at 82:00 on a 20-yard unassisted shot by Ginny Teunissen.

'We did quite a few things right in the first half,' Oregon head coach Bill Steffen said. 'Mele's open shot was an unbelievable chance, and I know she's frustrated. Same for the team - when you do good things but don't get good results it has a tendency to wear on the team and its emotional level. Part of it is our lack of experience offensively (the squad is without last year's top five scorers, and eight of its top nine), and we're paying very dearly for those missed chances. We have to keep our heads up so we can come back and give Wisconsin-Green Bay our best game Sunday.'

Overall, freshmen Cristan Higa led the Ducks Friday in shots (4) - one of nine players to log attempts. Shots on goal were courtesy of Higa (2), seniors Lindsey Peterson (1) and Amanda Orand (1), and freshman Caitlin Gamble (1).

Lost among the final score were several impressive plays by UO senior captain and goalkeeper, Sarah Peters, who charged, challenged and blocked several one-on-one attempts by streaking Tiger forwards, with the third goal only possible after it barely slipped out of her grasp into Peterson's possession.

Lineup-wise for Oregon, Steffen continued inserted 23 of his 24 active players into the game, with each playing at least 10 minutes.

Next up, the Ducks return to the Nike Tournament in Corvallis, Sunday, Sept. 22 for a 10:30 a.m. meeting with Wisconsin-Green Bay (2-5), who lost, 4-1, to Oregon State later Friday afternoon. Admission is free, and Paul Lorenz Field is located on the south side of the OSU campus near the corner of Western and 17th Streets. Oregon State plays Pacific immediately afterwards in the afternoon finale Sunday.

Boxscore: Pacific 4, Oregon 0. Sept. 20 at Nike Tournament (Corvallis, Ore.) Scoring: PU-Olivares (-) at 29:17; PU-Olivares (Bailey) at 64:24; PU-Peterson (-) at 66:37; PU-Teunissen at 82:00 (-). Shots: UO-15 (Higa 4), PU-14 (Peterson, Olivares 3). Corner Kicks: UO-4, PU-2. Fouls: UO-4, PU-4. A: 102. Conditions: 75 degrees, sunny, breezy.

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