Shorthanded Ducks Fall at No. 3 UCLA
LOS ANGELES – Down half of their starters on the back line from the season's opening match, the 20th-ranked Ducks fell at No. 3 UCLA 3-0 Friday night at Wallis Annenberg Stadium.
How it Happened: Oregon (2-2-1, 1-1-0) played with the Bruins (5-0-0, 2-0-0) for much of the first half, surrendering one goal in the 37th minute. Each team attempted seven shots in the first period.
The Ducks nearly got the equalizer three minutes into the second half when Ally Cook clanged a shot off the crossbar.
UCLA then put the match away with goals in the 70th and 76th minutes.
Still, Oregon battled on with Jordan Snyder just missing a late bid for a score as her shot struck the crossbar in the 88th minute.
Who Stood Out: The Ducks outshot UCLA 12-11 and had four shots on goal, while two others hit the crossbar. Zoe Hasneauer and Cook each attempted three shots, while Snyder came off the bench to attempt the first two shots of her career.
What It Means: The third-ranked Bruins were the third consecutive ranked opponent for the Ducks. At the moment, Oregon only has three ranked opponents remaining on the rest of its 2020-21 schedule.
Notable: Center back Hannah Taylor and outside back Chai Cortez were the two starting defenders unavailable Friday night. Taylor was injured in the season opener against Gonzaga, while Cortez was sidelined during Sunday's game against California. In their place, Chardonnay Curran and Jordan Wormdahl moved back from the midfield and forward, respectively. Lexi Romero made her first start of the season. As a result of all the personnel changes, many younger Ducks saw their most extensive action of the season. Freshman Megan Rucker played 45 minutes, while fellow freshman Brooke Schultz came in for 20 minutes. Among the sophomore class, Maggie Lacey subbed in for 40 minutes, while Sofia Vinas was on the field for 29 minutes and Snyder for 21.
Head coach Graeme Abel:
"We got a harsh lesson today. Our expectations and standards for our program are higher than what we showed in the early part of the game. Our attention now switches to Sunday. We take this on board and prepare for USC."
Up Next: Oregon makes its 2020-21 Pac-12 Network debut Sunday at USC (5 p.m.).
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