Ducks play No. 3 in UCLA at 0-0
LOS ANGELES – Goalkeeper Lea Freeman made six saves to support a remarkable effort from the Oregon defense as the Ducks faced the No.3 UCLA in a 0-0 overtime draw on Friday night at Annenberg Stadium.
The Ducks (5-0-4, 0-0-1) completed their third straight shutout to end the Bruins’ eight-game winning streak. It was Oregon’s first shutout against UCLA in program history.
“We executed on a game plan and the times we stretched, our organization in the last third was very good,” said the head coach. Graeme Abel. “Overall, our work ethic and application were second to none tonight.”
How did it happen: Oregon lobbied UCLA from kick-off and had one of the best appearances in the opening 45 minutes. The Ducks had their best first-half scoring opportunity when ally cook fed Lexi romero in front of the net in the 44e minute, but UCLA’s Lauren Brzykcy made the save on Romero’s chip shot.
UCLA (8-0-1, 0-0-1) had two second-half opportunities diverted by the Ducks. The Bruins looked at the net three times from a free kick in the 60e minute, but Freeman made two close saves on the play, while the third attempt was far away.
The rescue of the night came in the 69e minute when Sunshine Fontes recovered a ball from behind the Oregon baseline, but Freeman charged out of the net to smother Fontes’ header with a strike from inside the 18.
Then it was Oregon’s turn to threaten in the 82sd minute when Eden hardy fed Cook on the right side, but Brzykcy made a crooked save on Cook’s try.
Both defenses rose to the challenge in overtime, with UCLA attempting the only shot, a wide shot, in the 110e minute.
Who stood out: The Oregon defense suffocated UCLA overnight, limiting the Bruins’ ability to build their offense. Central defenders Soto Cross and Anna phillips had the midfield locked, while the outside full-backs Chai Cortez and Mia palmer limited UCLA attacks from the wings. Chardonnay Curran, playing in his school record 82sd game, intercepted numerous passes in midfield to stop the Bruins’ momentum.
What this means: Oregon and UCLA were both shut out for the first time this season. The tie broke UCLA’s 14-game winning streak in the series. Dating back to last season, Oregon is undefeated in its last 11 games (7-0-4). This is the second longest such streak in the program’s history, with just 21 consecutive games (17-0-4) without losing a game in the 1980 and 1981 seasons.
The Head Coach Graeme Abel
“Incredibly proud of our Ducks tonight. We managed to create some good chances and we will be reviewing our execution in the final to make sure we punish the teams going forward.”
Notable: Freeman recorded his fifth shutout of the season, which is tied for sixth on the UO season list and only two behind the school record (seven)… Friday was also his 10e career shutout… Curran started his 74e career game to tie Stacy Herbert (1996-99) for eighth on UO’s career roster… Alice barbieri led the Ducks in shots (three) for the second straight game… Palmer played in his 78e career game to tie for seventh with Maryn Beutler (2012-16).
Following: In California, Thursday, 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).
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