Duck Defense Stifles ASU in 1-0 Win

TEMPE, Ariz. – Nicole Garbin scored just before halftime and Oregon's defense stifled Arizona State as the Ducks moved to 2-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time in school history with a 1-0 defeat of the Sun Devils on Sunday.

Garbin, a sixth-year senior from Wailuku, Hawaii, took a pass from sophomore Nicole Dobrzynski and hammered a shot from the right post that deflected off ASU goalkeeper Kim Bingham's gloves and rolled into the left side of the net.

"(Dobrzynski) used her speed to get up the field through the ASU defenders and made a well-executed pass to Garbin," said UO coach Tara Erickson. "It was a really nice set up and Garbin timed her break perfectly and scored the goal."

It was the first-ever Pac-10 road sweep for the Ducks, 8-5-0 overall and 2-0-0 in league play, who upset No. 24 Arizona 2-1 Friday night in Tucson. It was also just the second Pac-10 sweep overall for Oregon, which swept the Arizona schools in Eugene in 1998.

The Ducks are tied with No. 4 UCLA a top the Pac-10 standings.

"It feels a hundred times better than I imagined it would," said Erickson. "Obviously, it's huge for any program to go out on the road and get a couple of wins, but we earned the two this weekend."

Duck goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield made just two saves in recording the shutout, as the Oregon defenders kept ASU's attack at bay. The Sun Devils attempted seven shots on the game.

"I can't remember a time when their forwards got behind us," said Erickson. "Our defenders and Jessie did a really good job of shutting down their attack before it had a chance to develop." Garbin scored her seventh goal of 2006 at the 41:45 mark Sunday and attempted a season-high seven shots. She also recorded her 29th career goal -- two shy of Chalise Baysa's school record of 31 set 1998-01 -- and her 18th career game-winning goal, extending her own school mark.

"Garbin was dead tired. She worked hard for 90 minutes," said Erickson. "Her effort has been a real difference for us."

Bingham made five saves in a losing effort for the Sun Devils (5-5-2, 0-2-0).

The Ducks also set a school record with their fifth road victory of the season.

"We played better soccer than our opponents this weekend," said Erickson. "We're outplaying teams and looking much more mature and composed than we did earlier in the season. This team is starting to grow up."

Oregon returns to Eugene to begin a three-game home stand Friday against Washington at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: It was Oregon's first victory at Tempe since a 3-2 overtime win in 2001...Garbin now holds 14 Oregon records after claiming the career points title on Friday...her 7 goals in 2006 is three shy of the school season record (10) she set last year...Chatfield tied Sarah Peters (1999-02) for second on the career goalkeeper wins list with her 13th

Sunday...Chatfield also notched her 10th career shutout, one shy of the UO record of 11 set by Amanda Fox (1996-99)...Dobrzynski got her first career assist on Garbin's goal...Oregon's five road wins breaks the mark of four set in 2003 and matched last season.

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