The 49ers' Dana Farquar scored the game's lone goal in the 70th minute. The goal came on a corner kick by Kim Solos that squirted through the outstretched hands of Oregon keeper Jessie Chatfield and then deflected off LBSU's Sarah Strohl before Farquar finished at point-blank range.
"We're disappointed, but there were a lot of positives," said Oregon associate head coach Mike Smith, standing in for head coach Tara Erickson, who gave birth to a daughter two days ago. "The team worked hard for one another even though the chips were down."
For nearly 70 minutes, the Ducks kept the game scoreless despite being down a player. Sophomore defender Nicole Dobrzynski was issued a quick red card for taking down LBSU's Sahar Haghdan in the penalty box in the 36th minute. On the ensuing penalty kick, Chatfield made a diving save on Silos' attempt to keep the game scoreless.
"It was really disappointing when Dobby (Dobrzynski) was sent off, but the team rallied," said Smith. "It was unfortunate because we weren't able to rotate some of the players in we wanted to being a player down. We had to change our approach on the fly.
"We were quite organized with 11 players and we remained organized with 10 players, " he said. "There was a period of about 15 minutes in the second half where we flat out-played them. It's disappointing that we didn't generate more offense, even with only 10 players on the field, but it's going to be great when we sort things out with all 11 players."
Chatfield, a sophomore from Eugene, Ore., made six saves for the game.
The Ducks nearly tied things up in the closing seconds. Making one last charge, rreshman Dani Oster took the ball up the right side and cleared space to send a cross on line in front of the LBSU goal. Midfielder Allison Newton got to the ball on the far side and just nicked it with her head with :08 remaining, but could not quite get enough of the ball to redirect it on net, and the ball went out of bounds as time ran out.
Newton and senior Nicole Garbin led Oregon in shots with two each.
The 49ers, ranked 28th in the Soccer Buzz preseason poll, outshot Oregon 15-9, while the Ducks held a 4-3 edge on corner kicks.
By rule, Dobrzynski must sit out Oregon's next game, Sept. 1 at UC Riverside.
GAME NOTES: Seven Ducks made their varsity debuts for Oregon: freshmen Leigh Quinlan, Dani Oster, Danielle Sweeney and Rianna Mansfield all started, while sophomore Adriana Montes and freshmen Teresa Bowns and Melissa Buich came off the bench..."Our freshmen showed no signs of nerves in their first game," said Smith. "The coaching staff did a great job identifying players who could contribute immediately."...sophomore Jen Cameron also returned to action for the first time since the 2004 season...the loss drops the Ducks to 7-3-1 all-time in season openers...Jessie Chatfield made six saves to push her career total over 100 (102).
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