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Ducks Rely on Defense to Draw WSU, 1-1

Oct 14, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. – Leah Freeman made 10 saves and the Oregon defense kept Washington State's potent offense contained for most of the night as the Ducks earned a 1-1 draw Friday night at Lower Soccer Field.
 
Trinity Morales put the Ducks (4-5-5, 2-3-1) up 1-0 early in the first half before the Cougars (8-3-3, 2-2-2) answered with a goal early in the second half.
 
How it Happened: Oregon was sharp at the opening whistle and attempted the first four shots of the game. In the 10th minute, Lexi Romero threaded a pass from the right side through the Cougar defense to the feet of Morales right in front of the goal. Morales' first shot was saved by WSU goalkeeper Nadia Cooper, but not cleanly and Morales tapped in the rebound for her second goal of the season.
 
After that, it was Freeman making seven saves in the first half to keep the Cougars off the board, including a point-blank save on a line-drive header in the 25th minute that looked destined to find the back of the net.
 
In the second half, WSU's Margie Detrizio took advantage of a loose ball in the box to knot the game at 1-1 in the 53rd minute.
 
After that, Oregon's defense closed ranks and Freeman was only called upon to make three saves in the second half. The Cougars came into the match averaging two goals and nearly two assists per game.
 
It took one final stop in the 90th minute by freshman defender Ainsley Fink who blocked a header in the box to preserve the tie.
 
What It Means: Oregon went 1-1-1 on its three-game road swing. The Ducks entered the night at No. 41 in the RPI, while WSU was No. 34.
 
Notable:
Zoe Hasenauer broke the school record by starting her 85th career match on Friday. She was tied with former teammate Chardonnay Curran (2017-21). … In addition to her goal, Morales matched a season high with three shots. … Freeman now has 87 saves on the year, which is 11th on the UO single-season list. She leads the Pac-12 in saves and saves per game (6.69).
 
Up Next: No. 9 Stanford visits Pape' Field Thursday at 7 p.m. Pacific (Pac-12 Live Stream).
 
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