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Ducks Show Grit Against No. 1 UCLA

Sep 29, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. — Down a player for the final 61 minutes against top-ranked UCLA on Thursday, the Oregon soccer team played the Bruins even the rest of the way in a 3-1 defeat before 919 fans at Papé Field.

UO goalkeeper Leah Freemen departed after a red card at the 28:37 mark of the game, and the Bruins converted the ensuing free kick for a 2-0 lead. Playing with 10 women the rest of the way, the Ducks pulled within a goal when Alice Barbieri found the back of the net in the 61st minute. The Bruins added on in the 80th minute to make it 3-1.

"There's a good portion where we outplayed them at 10 players, and all credit to our kids," UO coach Graeme Abel said. "You're going to halftime and (the red card) just happened and you're down, and it's, 'OK, what's going to happen?' And the kids didn't wilt. They came out and they fought and they got after it."

UO senior Zoe Hasenauer assisted on the goal, her 18th career assist to tie the UO record. Oregon's record this season evened at 3-3-4 overall and 1-1-0 in conference play, entering a visit by No. 20 USC to Papé Field on Sunday at noon.

How It Happened: The Bruins (10-0-0) scored the first goal of the game in the 24th minute. Five minutes later, Freeman raced out of the net to stop a breakaway and tripped up a UCLA player, drawing a red card. The Bruins made it 2-0 on the ensuing free kick.

The Ducks played the rest of the way with nine women in front of freshman goalkeeper Julia Richards, a Portland native making her collegiate debut. She made four saves over the remainder of the game, as Oregon played the Bruins to a 1-1 tie the rest of the way.
 

Oregon's tally came on the Ducks' first shot on goal of the night. Hasenauer had possession down the left side and centered a ball that went through teammates Lexi Romero and Kaitlyn Paculba in the UCLA box, and onto the foot of Barbieri, who rocketed a laser to the back of the net for her first collegiate goal.

"It just comes down to grit, and that's what we pride ourselves on every single day," Barbieri said. "I'm so proud of this team for how we stepped up with 10, playing a new formation, playing out of position. The intensity we kept up throughout all 90 minutes was unreal. … There's three or four of us that could have scored (on the play), so it's just a great team goal."

The Ducks kept up their intensity for the next few minutes, until the Bruins made it 3-1 with 10 minutes to play.

"They scored the third goal with us getting tired, and that's understandable when we've chased it and we've chased it," Abel said. "But for that period where we were clearly the better team, I thought we were exceptional."

Notable: Hasenauer tied Jen Stoltenberg for the UO record with her 18th career assist. … Hasenauer also tied Allison Newton for eighth in career points with 38. … Hasenauer started her 81st career match and moved into second alone on the UO top 10. With three more starts, she'll tie Chardonnay Curran for the school record.

Up Next: The Ducks host USC on Sunday (noon, Pac-12 Network).