Ducks fall to Arizona in Pac-12 Opener
Oregon soccer fell to the Arizona Wildcats 3-1 in the team’s first Pac-12 match of the season.
The Ducks were simply unable to match the Wildcats’ offensive effort, and were outshot 20-12. Arizona also held a significant 15-4 edge in corner kicks.
Arizona struck first in the 17th minute with a goal from the head of Kelcey Cavarra for the only score of the first half. The Wildcats came out strong in the 2nd half and added another goal in the 48th minute, this time from Samantha Falasco. Falasco’s goal was the first score allowed in the second half by the Ducks since their season opener against NC State.
The Ducks were able put some pressure on the Wildcats in the 55th minute courtesy of a Kyra Fawcett goal. Sofia Chambers was credited with the assist. Marissa Everett added five shots, but couldn’t convert. Oregon was unable to score again and conceded a third goal in the 74th minute.
“Arizona’s a good team and we knew this was going to be a tough one,” Oregon head coach Kat Mertz said. “I thought our effort and execution in the second half was noticeably better and we created some chances that we probably should have put away.”
Next up for the Ducks is a September 28th clash with the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles, California.
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