BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Oregon women’s soccer team equalized twice and opened the spring season with a draw at Portland on Saturday. UO twice pulled level in the second half to draw, 2-2, against the Pilots on the Ronaldo Field at the Nike Campus Headquarters.
With a barrage of four goals in the span of six minutes, both teams combined for a thrilling second half display. Junior Bri Pugh and freshman ShayLee Miner found the back of the net to lead the Ducks.
“The girls did well with our new system and played an organized game,” said head coach Kat Mertz. “Portland opened strong, but we settled in well. We’ll take a number of positives from this match.”
After playing the first half to a scoreless draw, the Pilots opened the scoring with a 62nd minute goal from a corner kick. UO responded two minutes later in similar fashion, as Pugh got on the end of junior Lilly Archer’s corner in the 64th minute to equalize. Pugh, an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection, tallied six points off a pair of goals and assists in the fall.
Portland took a 2-1 advantage minutes later, scoring in the 66th minute. The Ducks proved to be up to the task again, knotting the score line with Miner’s 68th-minute goal. Miner, a native of Junction City, Ore., led UO with seven points and three goals in the fall.
“ShayLee picked up right where she left off and scored another good goal for us,” said Mertz. “Caitlyn Wong went a full 90 minutes for us, which was good to see, and our bench had a strong performance.”
Oregon will continue its exhibition season next week, traveling to Corvallis on Saturday, April 12, to take on Oregon State. The match is scheduled to get underway at 2 p.m. (PST).