UO closes spring season with momentum after 5-0 win
EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon women’s soccer team closed its spring season with a dominant display against Western Oregon this Saturday at Papé Field. Junior Shanelle Simien scored a first half brace and the Ducks cruised to a 5-0 shutout victory in its final exhibition.
After announcing the hiring of assistant coach Manny Martins in the morning and hosting its annual Spring ID Camp, the Ducks wrapped up a busy day with one of its most impressive showings this spring. Simien led the Ducks with two goals, while freshman Ashlee Schulz tallied a goal and an assist and junior Lilly Archer bagged two assists.
“We’ve been working on our attacking movement, getting numbers around the ball and being creative,” said head coach Kat Mertz. “To be able to put goals away and see the result at the end is always a real positive.”
Oregon outshot the Division II Wolves by a 22-1 count, scoring three times in the first half and twice in the second. The Ducks went undefeated with a 3-0-1 record in full-sided exhibitions this spring while outscoring its opponents by an 11-2 margin.
“We set goals in the beginning of the spring on what we wanted to work on and what we wanted to accomplish,” said Mertz. “I think we hit all of those goals. The girls have worked hard and they deserved to see a result like this to end the spring season.”
The Ducks opened a lead in the 19th minute, as Archer moved from her midfield role to the wing to find space to cross the ball in towards sophomore forward Kristen Parr. The Bend, Ore., native scored with ease to put UO ahead, 1-0.
Freshman Ashlee Schulz set up Oregon’s next strike as the fullback made an advanced run before crossing to Simien, who charged behind the Wolves’ back line. In a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, Simien hit a delicate shot to the back of the net. The Lakewood, Calif., native scored again 10 minutes later, earning a penalty following a corner kick. Simien took the PK and sent her shot to the bottom corner as Oregon opened a 3-0 lead.
The Ducks closed the exhibition by scoring twice in the final eight minutes. First, Archer took a free kick from 25 yards out, sending the ball far post. Schulz - native of Springfield - capitalized and scored from close range. Incoming freshman Kerri Cook, the younger sister of junior Kiyomi Cook, scored the game’s final goal on an open net after Parr made a big run and pulled the keeper off her line.
Parr, Archer and Pugh each led the Ducks with five shots a piece. UO finished with a 22-1 advantage in shots and a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.