EUGENE, Ore. -- With a quick opening goal and two goals in the final minutes, the Oregon women’s soccer team started and finished strong in an exhibition win over Portland State. The Ducks defeated the Vikings, 3-0, Friday evening at Papé Field and remained unbeaten in the spring season.
Behind goals from juniors Lilly Archer (6’) and Bri Pugh (86’), and sophomore Kristen Parr (89’), head coach Kat Mertz’s side cruised to a shutout victory. Oregon held a 21-3 advantage in shots and an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
“We started and finished strong,” said Mertz, who will enter her second year with Oregon next fall. “I’m pleased overall with the effort. In this game, we could see a lot of what we’re focusing on in practice and that’s good to see as a coach.”
The Ducks scored on the second shot of the game as Archer put UO ahead, 1-0, with only six minutes gone. With the defense collapsing on Ryann Davie deep in the attacking third, the junior laid the ball off to Archer in space. Archer went far post on her shot from on top of the box, beating the Viking goalkeeper.
Oregon held possession well in the first half and finished with an 8-1 advantage in shots. Portland State adapted well in the second half and had a few promising moments before Oregon blew the door off the hinges in the dying moments of the match.
In the 86th minute, Pugh picked up her dribble from midfield and made a massive run down the left flank. She made a quick cut inside, leaving her defender studder stepping, and fired from across the box to score a sublime goal. An honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection, Pugh tallied six points off two goals and two assists last fall.
Oregon put the finishing touches on its shutout just a minute later as junior defender Allie Rodriguez found space wide. She delivered a well-struck cross into the box, and Parr buried a header to notch UO’s third and final goal. Parr scored three goals last fall, which was tied with freshman ShayLee Miner for a team-high.
The Ducks also defeated Portland State by a 3-0 margin in this fall's season-opener.
Oregon will continue its spring season next week, hosting Seattle Pacific at Papé Field on Saturday, April 26. The exhibition between the Ducks and the Division II foe from Seattle will begin at 1:30 p.m. (PT).