Oregon Soccer Falls 0-1 to Cal, Split the Weekend

On Sunday afternoon, the Oregon Ducks Women’s soccer team hosted the California Golden Bears in a non-conference match. The Ducks came into this game after beating Pac-12 rival Stanford for the first time in program history, but surrender defeat for the first time this season after Cal’s Emma Westin scored the only goal in the game in the 71st minute.

Junior Forward Jordan Wormdhahl  spoke after the game about the team’s performance, “I think ultimately like its less what they did and more how we responded – we forced somethings that I don’t think we needed to force, and maybe got pulled away from what we tried to do originally – but ultimately, we just had to be a cohesive unit and play a little bit better.”

Early on in the first half, both teams played with good pace on the ball, pushing back and forth. At the end of the first half, the Bears and Ducks both had seven shots and two corner attempts a piece.

However, in the second half, the 14th-ranked Cal Bears slowed down the Ducks attack to just one shot attempt.

“[We] Didn’t really use our forwards as high up the field as we should, at times we were jamming the ball down one side of the field, not getting up the other side, we just couldn’t release the players into space. In the first half we were pretty effective at that – for sure we didn’t get our 7s,11s, and our 9s involved,” said head coach Graeme Abel after the match.

In addition to the loss, the Ducks lost LB Chai Cortez in the first 20 minutes of the match to injury. The good news for the Ducks is that 18 players touched the pitch on Sunday, gaining valuable time and experience.

The Ducks will be in Los Angeles next weekend to face off against the UCLA Bruins on Friday, March 5th and the USC Trojans on Sunday, March 7th, looking to improve on their 2-1-1 record.

Graeme Abel Postgame

Jordan Wormdahl Postgame

WBB | Ducks left in Beaver’s wake as Senior Night is spoiled for Oregon

Written Story: Ryan Milano

The #14 Oregon Ducks drop their final regular-season game of the year to the Oregon State Beavers by a score of 88-77. The rivalry game for the Ducks started and ended on a sour note. Prior to the game Oregon guard, Te-Hina Paopao was scratched from the starting lineup due to injury, showing up to MKA in street clothes and a walking boot. It only got worse for Oregon from there as the Ducks were never able to get their footing. The game was a tight battle at halftime, but a huge OSU 10-0 run in the 3rd quarter put Oregon in a hole they never recovered from.

Oregon State held a 3-point clinic tonight. The Beavers knocked down 11 triples on a 55% clip. Six Beavers finished the contest in double digits, led by Aleah Goodman’s 20 points.

There was one blinding bright spot for Oregon, Sedona Prince. She finished the day with 22 points, 18 of which coming in the first half. Three other Ducks scored in double figures. Taylor Mikesell had 16, Nyara Sabally recorded 13, and senior Erin Boley recorded 16 points of her own. Boley and fellow Senior Lydia Giomi were honored postgame with a tribute video and celebration.

Oregon will look to bounce back in the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday. Their opponent is still TBD.

Postgame Story: Ryan Milano

Postgame Audio: Kelly Graves