Ducks soccer unable to rally in 2-0 loss to Bruins
Oregon soccer fell 2-0 to the No. 1-ranked UCLA Bruins on Thursday night in Los Angeles. The match marked the Ducks’ second consecutive Pac-12 loss, leaving them 0-2 in conference play.
UCLA jumped out to an early lead with goals in the 16th and 22nd minutes. The Bruins also led the Ducks in shots (13-11) and corner kicks (7-5).
It was the Ducks who made the first push on offense. The team got off to a solid start with a pair of corners and a shot from Marissa Everett, as well as a shot from Chardonnay Curran. However, a pair of fouls followed by an Oregon handball in the 16th minute stalled the Ducks’ momentum, and led to UCLA’s first goal. Anika Rodriguez took the free kick for the Bruins, and found the back of the net.
The Bruins kept the pressure on, and followed their first score with a second goal in the 22nd minute. This time, the strike came from Hailie Mace after a cross from Rodriguez. The goal was Mace’s team-leading seventh of the season.
UCLA now remains unbeaten on the year (9-0-1) and is still one of only four other teams in the nation to not lose in 2017.
Despite the end result, Ducks goalkeeper Halla Hinriksdottir posted a season-high six saves in the loss.
The Ducks will look to pick up their first Pac-12 win of the season when the face the defending national champion USC Trojans on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT.
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