Late goal The difference in defeat
EUGENE, Oregon – Oregon was expecting a close battle against Washington State on Thursday night at Papé Field, and that’s what happened before the Cougars scored a corner kick in the 89th minute to win 1-0.
The Ducks (9-3-5, 4-3-2 Pac-12) had the chance to overtake WSU and take fourth place in the conference. But a UO goal was called off in the first half and the Cougars converted a free kick with 88:09 on the clock for the victory.
“When games are close, set pieces can usually make a difference,” UO coach Graeme abel noted. “We’ve been on the safe side, and we think it’s controllable on both sides of the ball, so we’ll have to go back and look at where the breakdown was, fix it and move on to Sunday.
Oregon will celebrate Senior Day Sunday, before welcoming Washington at 1 p.m.
How did it happen: Washington State had allowed just seven goals in the season heading into Thursday’s game, and early on, the Ducks found opportunities scarce.
This started to change around the 17th minute, when a free kick from Mia palmer created a chance, but no teammate could take a lead on it. Then, at the 20th minute, Kess elmore picked up the ball from the left wing and threw a cross that ally cook directed towards the WSU goal.
A whistle cancels what initially appeared to be the game’s first score.
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UO forward Eden hardy, a WSU defender and goalkeeper all converged on the ball, which went into the net when the players collided. The game was deemed scoreless.
OU keeper Lea Freeman hit a corner and then stifled a rebound attempt in the 31st minute, and she saved a point blank shot in the 33rd minute. The game went scoreless at half-time.
Odds were less common for Oregon after half-time, and Washington State used a free kick in the 85th minute to set up a point-blank shot that was sent sideways. A UO corner a minute later resulted in a header from Chardonnay Curran who missed the mark, and soon after, Washington State broke through for the game’s only goal.
It was only a matter of time. Cougs leader scores her 10th goal of the year and with it, Cougs are minutes away from victory#GoCougs
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“We haven’t turned their back line enough,” said Abel. “I thought we did it a little bit at the start, but then they gave up and we didn’t find enough 1v1 wide areas in the second half. 1-v-1 in the wide areas, and we didn’t not done enough in the second half. pieces together. “
NotableUO alumnus Marissa Everett attended the game with Portland Thorns teammate Morgan Weaver, a WSU alumnus. … The Ducks played without a midfielder Maya hahn. She was replaced in training by Caitlin shaw, who only played 38 minutes before having to be helped off the pitch herself. … The Ducks have only been excluded for the second time this season.
Following: The Ducks host Washington on Sunday (1 p.m. Oregon Live Stream).