EUGENE, Ore. -- Junior Lilly Archer’s free kick goal in the first half led the Oregon women’s soccer team to an exhibition victory over Div. II foe Seattle Pacific. The Ducks defeated the Falcons, 1-0, Saturday at Papé Field to remain undefeated in the spring.
The Ducks put 11-of-18 shots on target, looking threatening in the attacking third. Seattle Pacific took 12 shots of their own, but only four required saves from freshman Lauren Holden. Oregon also had a 4-2 advantage on corner kicks. Bri Pugh led UO with six shots, while Kristen Parr added three.
“Anytime we can score a goal and not give up any, we’ll be mostly pleased,” said head coach Kat Mertz. “Our backs and team defending came up well today. We created some really nice chances going forward and hopefully we’ll put a few more of those away. Overall, it was a good game and we’re pleased with the result.”
Freshman ShayLee Miner set up the lone goal of the match, drawing a foul just outside the box. Archer, a native of Portland, Ore., stepped up to take the kick from close range. The SPU goalkeeper got a hand on Archer’s right-footed curler, but not enough to keep it out of the back of the net. Oregon closed the first half with an 8-5 advantage in shots.
The Ducks turned up the pressure in the second half as juniors Kristen Parr and Mia Gunter each put a shot on frame. With the Falcons in need of a goal to pull level, UO held possession and looked more likely to go ahead 2-0 than concede.
Holden made four saves in the shutout effort. The San Ramon, Calif., native’s last save might have been her most impressive, denying a blistering show from SPU’s Demi Waitley late in the match.
In full-sided spring games, the Ducks have posted a 2-0-1 record while outscoring its opponents by a 6-2 margin.
UO will close the spring season on May 17, hosting Western Oregon at 5 p.m. at Papé Field. The exhibition match will be held at the conclusion of Oregon’s Spring ID Camp.