Ducks Drop Heartbreaker In OT
EUGENE, Ore. — Bailey Smith scored with 3:56 left in regulation and Cassidy Eckert made two huge saves with Oregon down a player in the final 3:30 of regulation Friday, but Arizona State scored with 29 seconds left in overtime to beat the Ducks at Papé Field, 11-10.
Shonly Wallace had four goals for her sixth hat trick of the season, the last coming with 7:49 left in the fourth quarter to forge a 9-9 tie. The Sun Devils reclaimed the lead with 4:48 left, before Smith tied it again less than a minute later as the Ducks sought to end a four-game losing streak. But Oregon couldn't convert despite winning the draw to open each overtime period, and No. 23 ASU escaped with a win by scoring on a free-position shot after a foul in the final minute.
"That one stings because we are that much closer," UO coach Chelsea Hoffman said. "But I'm really proud of the way they competed. To be in an overtime game against what is really probably a top-20 team is great to see. Our youth can see that we have the pieces."
The Ducks will host their Senior Day against USC on Sunday at 1 p.m. before closing the regular season at Colorado on April 22. The Pac-12 Tournament begins May 4 in Tempe, Ariz.
"We're in these tough games against bigger opponents and are having to play up to that level, which is going to prep us for the tournament," Hoffman said. "I just want for them to be able to feel some success, because they've been working so hard. Hopefully it pays off soon, and that gives us momentum heading into the tournament."
How It Happened: The Ducks demonstrated their ability to convert coaching pointers in the locker room into on-field success by scoring the first two goals of each half. Wallace and Morgan McCarthy gave Oregon an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter, and after ASU rallied in front, Hanna Hilcoff's 37th goal of the year tied it 3-3 at period's end.
The first few minutes of the second quarter saw Hilcoff pick up two quick yellow cards in succession, with ASU scoring man-up goals after each. Wallace got Oregon back within 5-4, and Haley Cummins scored with 8 seconds left before halftime to make the deficit 6-5 at the break.
Again Oregon started a half well, with Wallace and Nakeeya McCardell putting the Ducks in front, 7-6. After ASU rallied back in front with two goals, Alyssa Wright tied it with 43 seconds left in the third.
A back-and-forth final quarter saw Wallace and then Smith score equalizers for Oregon. McCarthy was whistled for a foul with less than 4 minutes left that put the Ducks down a player and Eckert came up with two saves less than a minute apart to keep hope alive, but ASU got the golden goal in overtime.
Who Stood Out: Wallace is up to 30 goals for the season, and she added her team-high ninth assist of the year. McCarthy won eight draws, controlled four groundballs and also scored her 17th goal of the spring. McCardell's goal was her third of the season, and she added two draw controls and three caused turnovers. Eckert finished with 10 saves against 21 shots on goal.
Up Next: The Ducks host No. 17 Southern California for Senior Day on Sunday at 1 p.m.