Ducks Edged by Cal, 1-0
EUGENE, Ore. – No. 14 California scored the lone goal of the match in the 71st minute and held on for a 1-0 victory over Oregon in a nonconference contest Sunday afternoon at Pape' Field.
How it Happened: Coming off an emotional 2-1 win over defending national champion Stanford Friday night, the Ducks (2-1-1, 1-0-0) were able to keep the Golden Bears (2-0-0, 1-0-0) at bay through the first half. The Ducks had two corner kicks and two shots by Eden Hardy in the first 11 minutes.
In the 19th minute, Zoe Hasenauer struck a ball from distance that found the crossbar and bounced away.
But with under 20 minutes remaining in the game, a tired Oregon defense that lost fullback Chai Cortez to a head injury early in the match allowed Cal's Lily Arbabaraghi to dribble from one side of the penalty box to the other toward the far corner, where she turned and sent the ball back toward the goal and her teammate Emma Westin redirected the ball into Oregon's net.
"We were tired," said head coach Graeme Able. "It's a simple as that. I think a lot of emotion went into Friday night. For our program, it's a new thing to win games that way.
"You win those big games and go you again. It's as simple as that. You don't get too high; you don't get too low."
The teams were close in shots with Cal holding a 10-8 edge. Both teams attempted three corner kicks.
"Great weekend in terms of we moved our program forward for sure," said Abel. "We can't get too discouraged in regards to this game."
Who Stood Out: Goalkeeper Leah Freeman had a season-best five saves and made several other plays to disrupt offensive opportunities for the Golden Bears. Hardy led Oregon with a career-high four shots.
What It Means: Despite the loss, Oregon remains undefeated in Pac-12 play. Due to the Covid-19 compressed schedule, Each Pac-12 team will play 11 league games as well as three non-conference games against Pac-12 opponents. For Oregon, those three matches are Sunday against Cal, March 19 at Oregon State and March 28 at Stanford.
Notable: With two shots over the weekend, Hasenauer moved into sole possession of 10th in UO career shots with 96. Paige Alexander, a freshman forward from Salem, Ore., saw her first action of the season.
Junior forward Jordan Wormdahl:
"I'm super proud of us. Obviously today was not the result that we wanted, but ultimately I think we took a lot of steps forward and not as many steps back."
Up Next: The most difficult stretch of Oregon's schedule continues with a match Friday at 5:30 p.m. at No. 4 UCLA. Sunday's game at No. 10 USC will be the Ducks' fourth consecutive meeting with a top-14 opponent.
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