EUGENE, Ore. -- The Ducks opened the University of Oregon Nike Tournament with a 3-1 victory over visiting UC Davis on Friday night at Pape’ Field.
The Ducks (2-1-1) put three goals in the back of the net – a season high – as it took just 12 minutes for Oregon to strike first.
The win also gave sixth-year head coach Tara Erickson the 49th victory of her career at the UO, matching former Duck coach Bill Steffen for the all-time record.
Sophomore Kelsey Hones scored in the 12th minute as Jen Stoltenberg’s run down the right side gave Hones an opening. Stoltenberg slotted the ball through the box as Hones reached the end of it, and hammered her first goal of the season off the far post.
Despite chances by both teams, the Ducks took a slim 1-0 lead into the second half before freshman Brynne Konkel scored the first goal of her career in the 62nd minute. The Elk Grove, Calif., native collected a pass from Tahne Apo inside the box, and dribbled past a cluster of defenders before firing a shot to the near post that beat UC Davis goalkeeper Maria Magana.
“The first half was probably not our best performance, but we raised our intensity and put our stamp on the game in the second half,” Erickson said.
The Aggies (1-1-0) responded in the 76th minute to cut the Ducks’ two-goal lead in half as Samantha Faber’s corner kick found Mary Beth Mazurek alone near the top of the box. Mazurek launched a curving blast past Oregon goalkeeper Lindsay Parlee.
But it took Oregon less than a minute to add the insurance goal it needed as Stoltenberg gave UO a 3-1 advantage with her second goal of the season. Stoltenberg and Konkel cut through the center of the UC Davis defense executing the give-and-go before the Mission Viejo, Calif., native put her shot in the back of the net.
“I thought we had good goals and a good contribution from our attacking group,” Erickson said.”It was great to see Brynne get her first collegiate goal, and I was pleased to see us respond so quickly after UC Davis’ goal. We did well to create chances and have a better performance in the second half. I also liked the combination between our veterans and younger players during the game.”
Oregon outshot UC Davis 18-9, and Parlee improved to 1-0-1 in goal with her first victory while making four saves. UC Davis goalkeeper Kathleen Brandi took the loss after allowing one goal in the first half while making five saves, before Magana took over between the posts for the final 45 minutes.
Parlee saved what would have been the tying goal in the 18th minute as UC Davis’
Brandi made a brilliant save for the Aggies in the 43rd minute, deflecting Scout Libke’s rebound volley over the crossbar.
In the first game of the University of Oregon Nike Tournament, Oregon State defeated Pacific, 2-0.
The tourney will resume on Sunday at Pape’ Field with UC Davis and Oregon State squaring off at 11:00 a.m. The Ducks will host Pacific at 1:30 p.m.