EUGENE, Ore.—The University of Oregon women’s soccer team ended their season Friday night on a high note after beating the Oregon State Beavers 2-0 at Pape’ Field on Senior night. The Ducks finish the season with an 8-10-2 record overall and 3-5-2 in the conference, while the Beavers finish 11-6-3 overall and 3-5-2 in Pac-12 play.
“This was a great way to cap off a season of ups and downs,” said head coach Tara Erickson. “It was awesome to see us come away with a win but especially in such a convincing fashion. This team has struggled to score goals, but it was nice to see two good goals.”
Seniors Nicole Bakke, Scout Libke, Lauren Thompson, Maddy Mercier, Mo Fitzgerald, Kelsey Hones and Casey Wilhelm were all honored by teammates and fans before the game with a special Senior Day tribute. All seven seniors started the game and the start was the first of Wilhelm’s career.
With rainfall throughout most of the match, the field was slippery and an already tough rivalry game was even more physical than usual. OSU outshot Oregon 8-4 in the first half, but the period ended with the Ducks up 1-0 after junior forward Achijah Berry scored her second goal of the season. An OSU defender passed the ball to her goalkeeper, who came out of the goal and attempted to clear the ball, but instead struck Berry and allowed the ball to roll into the empty net.
“The first goal, some people might not think that a rebound goal like that is hard to get, but that’s part of the reason why we play with the three forwards up top and get the amount of pressure we can put on backlines and goalkeepers, and I think that was evident tonight,” added Erickson.
In the second half, the Ducks outshot the Beavers 10-8, but had fewer corner kicks than OSU (5-1). Another one of Oregon’s shots found the back of the net, however, as sophomore forward Bri Pugh gathered a rebound off of a saved shot by Ryann Davie and scored a goal.
Strong defense from the backline led by seniors Nicole Bakke, Lauren Thompson and Maddy Mercier along with solid goalkeeping from sophomore Abby Steele allowed the Ducks to close out their seventh shutout of the season.
“Overall, I was very excited to see all seven seniors contribute out there,” said Erickson. “They all played and performed and contributed, some in bigger ways on the field than others, but they are all so important to our team. We challenged the team to play for their seniors tonight and you saw that final piece coming together and that’s what this team is capable of. We’re capable of playing with anyone in the Pac-12 and some games we came away not as lucky, but tonight we created our own luck. I was very happy with the overall play of the team.”
The team left Pape’ Field for the last time this season in style as they celebrated their Civil War victory with teammates, coaches, family and fans.
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