EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon had its chances late in the final game of the Nike Tournament, but couldn’t find the golden goal it needed in a 1-1 tie with Pacific on Sunday afternoon at Pape’ Field.
The Ducks (2-1-2) outshot the Tigers 19-8, but despite a few near misses, failed to answer after Pacific’s Angelica Figueroa equalized the game in the 66th minute.
“I thought we played good soccer at times,” Oregon head coach Tara Erickson said. “We had one hit the post and one miss high late. We were playing good soccer so it’s disappointing to tie.”
Oregon’s one-goal lead was erased in the second half after Pacific (2-2-1) forward Kristina Wavomba played a ball over the defense, leaving Figueroa in a one-on-one with Oregon goalkeeper Cody Miles. Figueroa calmly drew Miles out of goal before placing her shot far post.
Oregon had led since the 26th minute, when senior Jen Stoltenberg broke through Pacific’s defense. Stoltenberg put away her third goal of the year after turning on a defender, dribbling through the box unscathed, and striking the ball far post past Pacific goalkeeper Jill Medigovich.
The Ducks had chances early in the second half to add an insurance goal, but couldn’t convert as Stoltenberg drove a shot over the crossbar in the 50th minute, and Medigovich used a one-handed stop to deflect a screamer from Rianna Mansfield over the crossbar in the 53rd.
In the first 10-mimute period of overtime, Scout Libke narrowly missed recording the golden goal with a shot that was just taller than the crossbar in the 97th minute.
But Oregon’s best chance of the afternoon came in the 104th minute, when Stoltenberg found open space and delivered a powerful blast to the far post. Medigovich got a fingertip on it as Stoltenberg’s blast was just inches shy of the back of the net as the woodwork kept the game tied.
“We need to be better defensively to win these games,” Erickson said. “We’ve had to move some kids around, but we’re getting some players back, and putting everyone at their best positions, and that will help us this week.”
Oregon returns to action on Friday at the UNLV Nike Classic, playing the Rebels at 7 p.m. The Ducks will then play Kansas on Sunday to end the tourney.
Oregon State won this year’s Oregon Nike Tournament with a record of 2-0, after a goal in the 89th minute from tournament MVP Melinda Ingalls defeated UC Davis, 1-0 in the early game on Sunday.
The Ducks finished the tournament 1-0-1, followed by Pacific (0-1-1) and UC Davis (0-2-0).
Oregon Nike All-Tournament Team
MVP: Melinda Ingalls (OSU)
Top Goalkeeper: Colleen Boyd (OSU)
Forwards: Melinda Ingalls (OSU), Jen Stoltenberg (ORE), Kristina Wavomba (PAC)
Midfield: Courtney Wetzel (OSU), Lisa Kemp (UCD), Alex Topp (PAC), Scout Libke (ORE)
Defenders: Brittany Galindo (OSU), Aisha Lott (UCD), Bree Rowe (ORE), Kylee Ah Choy (PAC)