Oregon Soccer Falls to Nevada, 2-1

EUGENE, Ore. – Lauren Kinneman's goal in the 85th minute lifted Nevada to a 2-1 victory over Oregon Friday in front of 671 at Pape' Field. Kinneman, who also assisted on the Wolf Pack's first goal, took a header from Aivi Luik and knocked in the game-winner from six yards out.

"There were a lot of tears after this one because we let one slip away," said Oregon coach Tara Erickson. "Nevada is good enough to win their conference and this was an opportunity to beat a quality team. I did think that we possessed the ball more than the other team and that was apparent probably in the chances that we created on goal, but we didn't capitalize on that final chance."

The Wolf Pack improved to 5-2-1 on the season, including 3-0-1 on the road. The Ducks fell to 4-4-0 as their four-game winning streak came to an end.

Nevada's Karen Zmirak was in the right place at the right time to be credited with a score in the 21st minute. Kinneman sent a hard shot towards the UO net from the right side of the field that deflected off Zmirak's back and in the goal for a 1-0 lead.

Nicole Garbin tied the game in the 59th minute on one of Oregon's best possessions of the night. Freshman Teresa Bowns led Allison Newton with a pass to the left corner. Newton, a sophomore from Eugene, Ore., then crossed the ball to Garbin at the near post, and the sixth-year senior headed in her third goal of the season and 25th of her career.

"I think (Garbin) played hard," said Erickson. "In the first half, she was a little bit off of her game and she wasn't quite in the attack as much as we wanted. In the second half, she turned it on. And that's the Nicole Garbin that we need to see for 90 minutes of the whole game. She provided a ton of leadership for us and obviously was trying to will our team to win that game and to score goals."

The Ducks outshot Nevada 15-7, but were often hampered in the offensive end by fouls, particularly in the second half. Oregon was whistled for nine second half fouls compared to none for the Wolf Pack.

"The mistakes we made came at critical times," said Erickson. "We could have possessed the ball with a little more quality and security. All of (Nevada's) chances came from set pieces and long balls, but we just gave up too many of those."

Sophomore Jen Cameron led the Ducks in shots with four, a career high, while Garbin and freshman Melissa Buich each attempted.

"There was an increased sense of urgency in the final few minutes," Erickson said. "The only thing I would say we need [to improve] is to raise our level earlier and provide that urgency ourselves without having the score provide that for us.

"After the first 15 minutes, I thought we played well enough to win," she said. "I really thought we were going to win."

Oregon next faces Idaho Sunday at 1 p.m. at Pape' Field.

GAME NOTES: Garbin continues to inch closer to the Oregon career goals and points record. Her 25 goals are six behind Chalise Baysa's 31 (1999-01) and Garbin's 65 points are just four behind Baysa's 69...Newton registered her first assist of the season and third of her career...Bowns' assist was her second of the season...the was Oregon's first loss to Nevada in three meetings...all three games have been decided by 2-1 scores...all eight of Oregon's games in 2006 have been decided by one goal...freshman midfielder Rianna Mansfied missed her fifth straight game with a sore hip flexor.

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