PORTLAND, Ore. -- The University of Oregon soccer team took a 1-1 tie into halftime against No. 4 Portland, but UP rallied for a 4-1 victory in front of a crowd of 4,458 at Merlo Field - Clive Charles Soccer Complex.
The Pilots improved to 11-1-0 with the win, while the Ducks closed their non-conference schedule with a 4-5-2 overall record.
“We withstood their barrage of shots and created some good chances for ourselves in that first half,” head coach Tara Erickson said. “Playing them to 1-1 was really a positive. It was a great experience facing another highly-ranked opponent in a very tough soccer venue."
Portland got on the board in the seventh minute when forward Halley Kreminski scored a goal assisted by defender Jessica Tsao.
But Oregon came back to equalize the match just one minute later on an unassisted score by senior forward Jen Stoltenberg. The Ducks’ leading goal scorer the last three seasons, Stoltenberg scored her eighth goal of 2010 when she got in behind the Pilots’ defense for a break-away and beat goalkeeper Erin Dees 1-v-1.
“I thought we showed mental toughness and character to tie-up the match right away,” Erickson said of the equalizer by Stoltenberg, who has scored in Oregon’s last four matches and seven of the 11 contest this year.
Despite scoring chances from both teams, UP and UO played the rest of the half scoreless and went to the break with a 1-1 tie. Portland had a 9-4 edge in shots through the first 45 minutes of play, and had the only two corner kicks of the stanza. Stoltenberg recorded all four of the Ducks’ first-half shots, scoring on her only shot on goal.
The Pilots took a 2-1 advantage in the 54th minute with the game-winning goal by Tsao, who worked a give-and-go with forward Micaela Capelle and finished inside the 6-yard box.
Forward Michelle Cruz gave UP the 3-1 lead in the 61st minute, re-directing a pass played into the 18-yard box, with assists awarded to Capelle and midfielder Taylor Brooke.
Midfielder Sophie Schmidt tacked-on the fourth goal in the 87th minute scoring on a free kick from 26-yards out.
UO junior goalkeeper Cody Miles played the entire match and recorded five saves. Seniors Kirstie Kuhns and Bree Rowe, sophomores Lauren Thompson and Scout Libke, and freshman Achijah Berry also played the full 90 minutes for Oregon.
The Ducks’ back line was depleted in the first half when junior Taylor Jones left the match with an injury.
Portland finished the match with the edge in shots (18-5) and corner kicks (7-0). It was just the second time all season that the Ducks were out-shot in a match. Both teams were whistled for five fouls.
Capelle, Kreminski and Schmidt each took a team-high four shots for UP. Dees, who did not record a save, played 90 minutes at goalkeeper allowing one score.
Oregon (4-5-2) will open Pac-10 Conference play next Friday with a home match against rival Oregon State. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. at Pape’ Field in Eugene.
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