Ducks Win First Ever Match vs. ACC

CARY, N.C. — Nicole Garbin's goal in the 32nd minute gave Oregon a 1-0 win Sunday at North Carolina State as the Ducks defeated a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time in school history.

"It wasn't pretty soccer," said Oregon coach Tara Erickson, whose 5-1-1 record matches the best start in school history. "They were really physical, but we just battled. We played a very smart game, kept our wits about us, and did a great job of managing the clock when we were protecting the lead in the second half."

Freshman goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield made just one save in recording her school-record tying fourth shutout of the season. The Eugene, Ore., native has posted back-to-back shutouts for the second time this year, and tied Amanda Fox, who had four shutouts in 1998, for the UO single-season record.

Erickson credited the Duck defenders, in particular sophomore Dylann Tharp, for helping Oregon sweep the weekend trip to North Carolina. The Ducks defeated Elon 2-0 on Friday.

"Dylann played her best game of the year," said Erickson. "We knew it was going to be a physical game and we needed her to set the tone back there against their forwards and that was the difference in not letting N.C. State get many good shots on our goal."

Garbin's goal – her sixth of the season – came courtesy of a deflected shot from senior Andrea Valadez. Wolfpack goalkeeper Megan Connors came out to block the attempt from Valadez and got caught in traffic as the ball deflected to Garbin. The senior from Wailuku, Hawaii, then tapped the ball into the open right side of the net from 16 yards out. Valadez earned her second assist of the season on the play.

"Garbin was being opportunistic again," said Erickson. "Teams are really doing everything they can to shut her down, but she's taking advantage of her chances."

The game was evenly played with N.C. State (4-2-0) attempting 11 shots and the Ducks 10. Valadez led Oregon with three shots, while Garbin had two.

Team fouls reflected the physical nature of the game with the Wolfpack being whistled for 19 and Oregon 17.

The Ducks also went to its bench early and often as Oregon's second game in three days in 90 degree temperature and high humidity took its toll.

"It was a really fast game and there were times I felt our midfielders were running in quicksand," said Erickson. "We had to go to our bench and I'd say for the most part, they did a really good job executing our game plan and giving us some fresh legs."

The Ducks now have a rare weekend off before returning to action by hosting South Dakota State on Sept. 23. Notes: Oregon's 5-1-1 mark matches the best in school history...the 2001 team that finished 8-8-2 was also 5-1-1 after its first seven games...prior to Sunday, the Ducks were 0-8-0 all-time versus the ACC...the win arguably ranks as the best non-conference road victory in program history; prior to Sunday, the Ducks had never defeated a team from a major conference (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big XII or SEC) on the road...Garbin extended her own UO career game-winning goals record with her 11th on Sunday...she continues to be third in both career goals (18) and points (49)...Garbin has scored six of the Ducks's nine goals on the season...Valadez climbed into a tie for fourth in UO career assists with her eighth Sunday...Valadez also passed Mele French (82/2002-04) for sixth in career shots; her three against the Wolfpack give her 84 career...Chatfield's four career shutouts are tied for second on the UO career list with teammate Domenique Lainez...Fox is the UO career leader with a precaution, junior midfielder Kate Nelson, who had played in Oregon's first five games, sat out her second straight game due to a mild concussion, but is expected to return to practice this week.

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