Ducks Tie No. 25 Cal, 1-1
EUGENE, Ore. – Kess Elmore scored in the fourth minute as Oregon tied No. 25 California, 1-1, Sunday in front of 520 fans at Papé Field.
Oregon earned the draw despite playing the final 19 minutes down a player after Chai Cortez was sent off with her second yellow card of the match.
How it Happened: Oregon (4-6-6, 2-4-2) led for much of the match after Elmore's early strike.
Off a Cal turnover, Cortez started a quick counterattack from the midfield and fed the ball to Elmore down the left side. Elmore cut in to her right at the top of the box to create room to squeeze off a shot and she hit a laser in to the far side of the net for her second goal of the season.
Leah Freeman made three saves in the first half as the Ducks led 1-0 at the break.
In the second half, Oregon was in the attacking third early with four shots in the first 16 minutes of the period – one each by Trinity Morales, Anna Phillips, Bel Rolley and Anna Emperador – but could not find a second goal.
Cortez was issued her second caution of the game for grabbing an opponent and was sent off in the 71st minute. The Ducks kept Cal (9-4-4, 6-3-1) at bay until Ayo Oke was taken down in the box in the 83rd minute and Keely Roy converted the penalty kick to knot the game at 1-1.
Freeman made two saves in the final five minutes to preserve the tie. She finished the match with seven saves and went over 100 saves on the season.
"We spoke about our ability to do well in the second half and I thought we did," said Oregon coach Graeme Abel. "It's unfortunate that we gave up the goal and that we came out of this with a tie."
What It Means: Oregon came into the weekend with the No. 41 RPI nationally and that doesn't figure to change much with a 1-0 loss Thursday to Stanford (11th) and Sunday's draw with Cal (36th). The Ducks need to go 3-0-0 or 2-0-1 in their final three games (at Arizona State, at Arizona, vs. Oregon State) to be eligible for NCAA postseason consideration.
Head Coach Graeme Abel on the upcoming road trip to Arizona:
"We know what we have to do to win and it's still in our hands. We haven't gotten the wins that we wanted this season, but we keep putting ourselves in a place each year where we are pushing until the final weekend. Now it's a chance for us to take it over the line. The fact that it still sits in our control is important for us."
Notable: Freeman jumped from seventh to fourth on the UO single-season saves list. She had seven on Sunday to lift her 2022 total to 102. During the match, she passed Jesse Chatfield (96/2005) and Sarah Peters twice (99/2002) and (101/2001). Freeman is just the third keeper in program history to record 100 saves in a season and the first to do it since Peters in 2001. … The assist for Cortez was the 11th of her career, which moved her into a tie for seventh with Erin Anderson (1996-99) and Sierra Marsh (1996-99). … Sunday was Hasenauer's 89th game as a Duck as she moved past former teammate Mia Palmer (88/2017-21) into sole possession of second place on the UO career games played list. She's three behind the record-holder, Chardonnay Curran (92/2017-21) with three matches left in the regular season. … Rolley's shot in the 61st minute was her first of the season. … Nicole Garbin-Toeaina - the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year – and around 100 former players and their families were on hand Sunday for the program's Alumni Day.
Up Next: At Arizona State, Thursday, 7 p.m. Pacific (Pac-12 Live Stream).
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