Ducks Victorious Over Portland State

The Oregon Ducks soccer team defeated Portland state on Sunday 1-0 and leaves the City of Roses 1-1, and is now 2-1-0 for the season, while PSU drops to 0-3-0.

The Vikings came out aggressive against the in-state rival.

"PSU came out and played very hard and very aggressively," said head coach Tara Erickson. "We absorbed some of that pressure and also played aggressively and did a good job to match the intensity of their physical play. We settled the game down a little bit and started moving the ball and passing a little better."

Oregon's freshman forward Kristen Parr scored the game's only goal, giving Oregon the win. Parr's goal came in the 50th minute of action on a breakaway off of an assist by senior midfielder Scout Libke. The goal marks the third of the season for the freshman.

"We were able to find some good gaps on the field," added Erickson. "We got a great through ball by Scout and then a very settled and polished one on one finish by Parr."

According to a media release from the Oregon Athletic Department both teams took four shots each in the first half, PSU came out firing and took ten shots in the second period. PSU ended the match with the advantage in shots (14-8), while both teams had five shots on goal and the Ducks held the advantage in corner kicks (6-3). Ducks goalkeeper Abby Steele recorded saves on all five of the Vikings' shots on goal, bringing her season total to 17.

"Their goalkeeper really made some fantastic saves on some real good chances we created," said Erickson.

Key players off of Oregon's deep bench that performed well were Kelsey Foo in the midfield and Kiyomi Cook as a defender.

After a tough one against Portland on Friday night, Oregon was once again involved in a very physical match, committing 14 fouls, while PSU was whistled for 12 of their own. Two Ducks and one Viking were given yellow cards in the match.

Oregon returns to Pape' Field for a game against UC Irvine on Friday, Aug. 31st at 7:00 p.m.

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