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Washington Drops Pac-12 Opener at Oregon

Sep 23, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – No. 15 Washington dominated the stat sheet but was hit twice against the run of play Friday night, falling 2-0 to Oregon at Papé Field.  
While Washington controlled the pace of play in the opening minutes, the Ducks got on the board in the early going. Following a failed clearance, Kaitlyn Paculba found Ajanee Respass, who tucked a shot inside the far post to put Oregon up 1-0 in the 11th minute.
Down an early goal, Washington stepped on the front foot in search of an equalizer and nearly found it in the 38th minute as Hailey Still found herself in front of goal for a shot. Still struck it well but was denied by an outstretched hand by Oregon keeper Leah Free man.
Despite holding an 11-3 advantage in shots and spending the majority of the first half in the attacking third, the Huskies found themselves down 1-0 heading into the break.
After surviving an early scare early in the second half, Washington once again settled into the attacking third in the second half. However, with the Ducks putting numbers behind the ball, the Huskies were forced to settle for shots from distance.
With just over 20 minutes remaining, struck again. Collecting a rebound off a corner kick, Kess Elmore sent a shot towards the corner from the top of the 18 and Olivia Sekany was unable to get enough on it to keep it out of the back of the net.
The Huskies threw a ferocious attack at the Ducks for the remaining 20 minutes but couldn't break through, falling on a brisk night in Eugene.
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