Ducks Fall in Berkeley
BERKELEY, Calif. – Oregon struggled in the first half and its second half comeback fell just short in a 14-12 loss at California.
Cal (1-11, 1-5 Pac-12) led 9-4 and had a 12-3 advantage in draw controls with 12:52 left in the third quarter. The Ducks never quit, battling back from five goals down in the second half to tie the game at 12 before the Golden Bears notched two more scores in the games waning minutes to secure the win.
Shonly Wallace led UO with four goals and one assist. Lillian Stump, Hanna Hilcoff and Morgan McCarthy also notched multi-goal games for the Ducks. Cassidy Eckert equaled her career-high with 14 saves.
How it Happened: Oregon scored quickly to open the game with Wallace taking a pass from Hanna Hilcoff before finding the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. After Cal scored three straight goals in response, Wallace closed the period with her second score of the game to get the Ducks within one.
The Ducks struggled to win the draw in the second quarter, losing all seven draw controls in the period. Eckert almost single-handedly kept Oregon in the game with 10 saves on 17 shots on goal (.588 save percentage) in the first half. Even with Eckert's sterling effort in goal, the Golden Bears led 7-4 at halftime after taking 10 more shots than the Ducks. Cal outscored Oregon 4-2 in the second quarter.
The third quarter looked to be going the same way as the second early on. Cal won the first two draw controls of the period and scored two quick goals to go up 9-4, but the Ducks made a comeback later in the period.
Nakeeya McCardell got UO started in transition, racing down the field on a fast break that led to Stump scoring her second goal of the game. The Ducks scored four of the ensuing five goals with three players finding the back of the net, and Oregon trailed 11-10 at the end of the third quarter.
Cal scored the first goal of the fourth quarter to go back up two, but Hilcoff responded with two goals to tie the game at 12. The Golden Bears had an answer, however, winning the next two draw controls and scoring on both to lock up the win.
Up Next: The Ducks square off with Stanford on Sunday at 12 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Bay Area.