No. 10 Santa Clara recorded a 2-1 win over the University of Oregon soccer team Friday night in front of a crowd of 1,561 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos improved to 7-1-2 overall with the victory, which was their fourth in the last five matches. The Ducks dropped to 4-4-2.
“The first half I felt like we came out flat,” head coach Tara Erickson said. “We’d like to have that first half back and play all match like we did in the second half.”
It was the ninth time in 10 games that Oregon out-shot its opponent, holding a 12-9 edge in Friday’s match-up against SCU. The Ducks took nine shots in the second half and limited the Broncos to just four over those final 45 minutes.
“We really got after things in the second half. I was pleased with the way that we played, still running at them and creating a lot of chances,” Erickson said. “It was a great learning lesson playing away from home in a really good soccer environment.”
Both Santa Clara goals were scored by midfielder Margueritte Aozasa off corner kick opportunities. Santa Clara held a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks in the match (6-0 first half).
The first goal came on a set piece in the ninth minute of play, as the ball was played by forward Bridgett Miller with the header-finish by Aozasa.
The Broncos took the 2-0 lead in the 50th minute when Aozasa scored, finishing a bouncing ball played through the 18-yard box by forward Sarah Jackson.
Oregon scored its goal in the 54th minute when junior defender Taylor Jones hooked up with senior forward Jen Stoltenberg for her seventh goal of the season. Jones played a pass over the top of the SCU defense to Stoltenberg, who one-timed a shot into the corner for the score.
Stoltenberg and fellow senior Kirstie Kuhns each had four shots in the match to lead UO. The Ducks and the Broncos each had four shots on goal.
“The back line played very well and kept us in it in the first half,” Erickson added. Senior Bree Rowe, sophomores Lauren Thompson and Scout Libke and freshman Achijah Berry all played the full 90 minutes, as did Jones, Kuhns and Stoltenberg.
UO junior goalkeeper Cody Miles had two saves and two goals allowed in playing 90 minutes of the match. SCU goalkeeper Bianca Henninger had three saves and one goal allowed while also playing the duration of the match.
The Ducks were whistled for 12 fouls to SCU’s six.
Oregon (4-4-2) will return to the pitch next Friday with a road game against No. 3 Portland with match time scheduled for 7 p.m.
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