Turnovers Haunt Ducks in Loss at No. 17 USC
LOS ANGELES – Oregon struggled to hang on to the ball and generate offense on Sunday, falling 21-5 to No. 17 USC.
The Ducks (1-5, 0-2 Pac-12) improved on the draw, winning 15 draw controls to USC's 14, but they turned the ball over 16 times while only forcing six turnovers. Three Trojans (5-1, 2-0) scored four goals and six had at least two.
How it Happened: The Trojans jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first quarter. Oregon only stopped USC on one possession and turned the ball over six times in the opening period. Alyssa Wright scored the Ducks' lone goal of the quarter after Shonly Wallace found her wide open outside the crease.
Wright scored her second goal of the game in the second quarter, cutting the USC lead to 12-3 with a free-position shot between the goalie's legs. It was Wright's second multi-goal game of the 2022 season. The Trojans answered with two goals, however, heading into the second half with a 14-3 advantage.
UO couldn't turn things around in the second half. The Trojans outscored the Ducks 7-2 in the final 30 minutes. Hanna Hilcoff scored the Ducks' first goal of the half, her second of the game and the 75th of her career. Hilcoff is now the fastest Oregon player to 75 goals, reaching the mark in 25 games.
Katie Collins scored Oregon's only goal in the fourth quarter. She picked up a loose ball and put it in the back of the net for her fourth goal of the 2022 season.
Up Next: Oregon opens a four-game homestand on Friday, March 18 against Colorado. The Ducks and Buffs square off at 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Network.