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Oregon Drops Pac-12 Opener In Tempe

Mar 11, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. – Oregon put itself in position to win its Pac-12 opener, but Arizona State made a run in the fourth quarter to emerge with a 11-9 victory on Friday afternoon.
 
Cassidy Eckert kept the Ducks (1-4, 0-1 Pac-12) in the game with a career-high 14 saves. Bailey Smith secured her first career hat trick while Lillian Stump and Hanna Hilcoff each scored twice. Morgan McCarthy contributed a goal, six draw controls and two caused turnovers.
 
How it Happened: The Ducks played their best defensive half of the season to open the game, holding ASU (2-2, 1-0) to just three goals. Oregon struggled to win draw controls in the first quarter, but Eckert stopped several ASU shots to hold the Sun Devils scoreless for the first 11:26 of the period.  
 
Oregon got on the board first with a free-position goal from Shonly Wallace. After two quick ASU goals put the Sun Devils in front, Smith answered with a goal of her own to knot the game at 2-2.
 
UO continued to play strong defense in the second quarter. McCarthy and Sydney Lawrence forced a key turnover on an ASU free-position and Eckert stopped every shot but one. McCarthy also pitched in on the offensive end, scoring Oregon's fourth goal as the Ducks entered the break leading 4-3.
 
The Ducks and Sun Devils continued to battle throughout the third quarter. ASU went up 5-4 with two goals in 30 seconds before Smith and Hilcoff regained the lead for Oregon. Stump answered two more ASU goals with one of her own to send the teams to the fourth quarter tied at seven.
 
The Sun Devils pulled away early in the fourth. ASU went on a 3-0 run over the first 8:23 of the period to go up 10-7. Oregon continued to battle. Hilcoff and Stump each tallied a goal to cut the deficit to one with 4:34 remaining. Arizona State locked up the win by scoring off a rebound and then grabbing the ensuing draw control to run out the clock.
 
Up Next: Oregon heads to Los Angeles to take on No. 17 USC. The game is set for 1 p.m. and will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.