Oregon soccer walked away with a 1-0 win over the Mexico Under-20 Women’s National Team on Saturday thanks to a 52nd minute goal by Emma Eddy. The Ducks and El Tri battled it out for 90 minutes in front of roughly 1,000 fans, most of which were cheering for Mexico. The Ducks win over Mexico concludes their spring schedule as Oregon looks to head into the fall season and clinch the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Story (by Shawn Medow):
Oregon head coach Kat Mertz
Oregon goalkeeper Katelyn Carter
Oregon forward Emma Eddy
No. 1 Oregon defeats Albany 4-0 in Game 2 of the NCAA Regionals Thursday evening at Jane Saunders Stadium. Ducks road the hot hand of Miranda Elish who tossed 14 strikeouts in 7 innings pitched. This brought her strikeout total to 210 on her season and 471 as a team; which is a new Oregon team record. Offensively for Oregon, DJ Sanders started the scoring in the bottom of the third with a RBI single to bring Alexis Mack to score. That 1-0 score stayed the same until the bottom of the fifth when Jenna Lilley scored off a wild pitch to increase the lead to 2-0. Lauren Burke made a name for herself in her first career NCAA regional game when she pinched hit for Shannon Rhodes. Burke hit a 2 run home run off of Albany starter Celeste Verdoilvo to right field to make the score 4-0. That was all the offense the Ducks needed as Elish finished the game with 2 more strikeouts in the seventh that brought her total to 14 on the day. Oregon will play Drake Friday May 18th 3:00pm at Jane Saunders Stadium and winner will advance to the Regional Final.
POST GAME AUDIO:
GAME STORY (by Brenten Kelly):
Oregon Softball (Coach White, Lauren Burke, Miranda Elish)
Albany Softball (Coach Cannata, Celeste Verdolivo, Chelsea Henige)
DJ Sanders Interview: