Ducks, Hornets Play to 1-1 Draw
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State scored first, but Oregon bounced back quickly to tie the match as the Ducks and Hornets played to a 1-1 draw Friday at Hornet Field.
Oregon (1-0-1) held a commanding 18-5 advantage in shots, and created multiple scoring opportunities with eight shots on goal.
But it might be the goal that wasn't that proved to be the difference. With less than three minutes remaining in overtime, a Chai Cortez cross to the far post was mishandled by Sacramento State keeper Aaliyah Fesili and Chardonnay Curran got to the loose ball and chipped it into the net. But Oregon was ruled to be offside following the deflection and the score was whistled off.
How it Happened: Sacramento State (1-0-2) converted a corner kick to get on the scoreboard in the 16th minute. Skylar Littlefield headed a ball from Aubrey Goodwill into the right side of the net for a 1-0 Hornet lead.
Hasenauer tied things for Oregon up in the 28th minute on a free kick from 25 yards out with a strike that got through Fesili.
Later in the first half, Lexi Romero got her head on a loose ball in front of Sacramento State's goal in the 40th minute, but just missed getting the ball over Fesili.
Ally Cook had a golden opportunity put the Ducks ahead in the 58th minute when Eden Hardy found her feet on a cross inside the box but Cook couldn't get enough on her try to get it past Fesili.
After UO goalkeeper Leah Freeman made her third save of the match in the 67th minute, Hasenauer moved aggressively up the field on the counterattack and hit the crossbar from distance a minute later.
The Ducks had two chances to win in the in the final minutes of regulation, Jordan Wormdahl got her head on a ball inside the box that Fesili had to scramble to her right to save. Hardy ripped a shot toward the near post in the final seconds that was just wide.
Who Stood Out: Cook, who scored the Ducks' lone goal in their opening game against Gonzaga, was active early with two shots in the first five minutes, part of her career-high six shots. Cortez and Hardy both attempted three shots.
What It Means: Friday's match was one of the most physical for Oregon in some time. The Ducks were whistled for 21 fouls – the most called on Oregon in 13 years – two off the school record. The two teams combined for 41 fouls and five yellow cards.
Notable: With two shots Friday, Hasenauer moved into a tie for 10th in UO career shots with 94. She tied Maryn Beutler (2012-16). Freshmen Megan Rucker and Brooke Schultz saw their first minutes as Ducks. Sophomores Jordan Snyder and Sofia Vinas saw their first action of the 2020-21 season.
Head coach Greame Abel:
"We knew we'd have to fight and scrap in this game and we did. That's a positive. We need to continue to evolve as a group. We got into good positions throughout the game. Our challenge is to now take advantage of those positions. Overall, I'm pleased with our ability to fight, but now focused on continuing our development."
Up Next: Oregon's 2020-21 Pac-12 opener comes Feb. 26 at Pape' Field against defending national champion Stanford (6 p.m. PT).
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