Women's Soccer Falls 2-1 to No. 20 Arizona State

Oct. 27, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - In its tenth game against a top-25 opponent this year, the University of Oregon women's soccer team held Pac-10 rival and No. 20 Arizona State scoreless in the first half, before falling 2-1 at Pape' Field.

The Sun Devils (10-3-2, 3-2-0) broke the 0-0 tie at 49:51 when Manya Makoski arced a 17-yarder from left center over Duck keeper Sarah Peters who had come out 10 yards from the goal in defense. Teammate Elizabeth Bogus was credited with the assist on her 10-yard pass from central midfield.

Seven minutes later Bogus scored the vistors' final goal at 56:52 on a 20-yard sprint up the left central midfield. The conference's third-leading goal scorer this season, she lined a hard, low-bouncing drive from the left edge of the box 19 yards out that ricocheted off the right post into the net. Makoski was credited with the assist to start the fast break from inside the central midfield line.

For the Ducks, freshman defender Katie Abrahamson rallied the Duck late, heading in her first career goal at 81:24 from five yards out. Sophomore midfielder Christine Mintz was awarded the assist on a 20-yard cross from the left edge of the box, her first for the Ducks and second career-wise after tallying one last year for UConn.

'They're a good team up front,' Oregon women's head coach Bill Steffen said, 'and we didn't pressure them enough defensively. When you allow dangerous players room to play, they make dangerous plays. We didn't panic when we got down 2-0, but we also can't expect to come back from a hole like that every time. We're a very young team, but we're maturing quickly and we have to have patience. We have good young players, but sometimes you take two steps back to take one step forward.'

Overall for the Ducks, five three players took shots (Abrahamson, freshman Cristan Higa, sophomore Kelly Baird, freshman Mele French, and Peters). Oregon players logging attempts on goal included Abrahamson, French and Peters, who opened the second half by drilling a 40-yarder from the central midfield circle into the keeper's arms just in front of the ASU goal.

Arizona State ended the afternoon with 12 shots (with four each by Bogus, Makoski and Brittany Cooper). Elizabeth Bogus and Manya Makoski tied for the game high in shots on goal (3) with eight total attempted by the team.

In the net, Duck senior Sarah Peters posted five saves in 90:00 of work, and ASU counterpart Kelly Fitzgerald had two saves.

Oregon held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks and both teams were whistled for nine fouls.

Looking ahead, the Duck women (2-11-2, 1-4-1) travel to LA next weekend, facing No. 7 UCLA, Friday at 6 p.m. at Marshall Field, and No. 17 USC, Sunday at 1 p.m. at McAlister Field.


Arizona State 2, Oregon 1 at Pape' Field (Eugene, Ore.). Scoring: ASU-Makoski (Bogus) at 49:51; ASU-Bogus (Makoski) at 56:52; UO-Abrahamson (Mintz) at 81:24. Shots: ASU-12 (Bogus, Cooper, Makoski 4), UO-5 (Abrahamson, Baird, French, Higa, Peters 1). Shots on Goal: ASU-8 (Bogus, Makoski 3), UO-3 (Abrahamson, French, Peters 1). Corner Kicks: UO-5, ASU-3. Fouls: UO-9, ASU-9. A: 309. Conditions: 52 degrees, drizzle early, cloudy, no wind.

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