Chatfield, Gardner Help Oregon Earn 0-0 Tie

EUGENE, Ore. – Jessie Chatfield tied the Oregon career shutouts record -- with a little help from defender Darcie Gardner -- as the Ducks held on for a 0-0 tie Sunday in a Pac-10 women's soccer game played in a fairly steady rain before 539 at Pape' Field.

With the tie, the Ducks remain at the top of the Pac-10 standings with a 3-0-1 conference mark (10 points), and are 9-5-1 overall. Washington State also remained undefeated in league play at 2-0-1, and 7-4-3 overall.

"It was a game that didn't help us, but it didn't hurt us," said Oregon coach Tara Erickson. "Both teams fought very hard. I thought we came out a little flat, but picked up momentum as the game went along."

Chatfield, a sophomore from Eugene, Ore., made six saves in the game to earn her fourth shutout of 2006 and her 11th career, which ties her for the all-time Oregon lead with Amanda Fox, who also had 11 shutouts between 1996-99.

But she needed help in keeping the Cougars out of the net.

Gardner, a sophomore from Bellingham, Wash., bailed the Ducks out twice. In the 20th minute, she cleared an attempt by WSU's Carly Dobratz off the goal line to keep the contest scoreless.

Then with just 90 seconds remaining in the second overtime, Gardner made a sliding tackle on Kiersten Dallistream's shot, after the Cougar forward had broken free for an apparent one-on-one with Chatfield.

"I give the save of the game to Darcie Gardner," said Chatfield. "Her sliding tackle to block (Dallstream's) shot in overtime was amazing."

The Oregon defense found itself challenged often, as Washington State attempted 17 shots and 10 corner kicks, both season highs for an Oregon opponent.

"With the rainy conditions today we had to battle, because we haven't had to play in anything like this all year long," said Chatfield. "The defense has been playing solid all year long. We've got great talent and they can cover the field really well."

Offensively, the Ducks had trouble sustaining an attack on a feisty WSU defense that has now only yielded two goals in its last seven games.

"Washington State seemed well prepared for us and they seemed to play my speed well," said UO forward Nicole Garbin, who attempted three shots Sunday. "We're still undefeated in the Pac-10 and the coaches keep reminding us of that."

It was the fourth overtime game in the last five meetings between Oregon and Washington State. The Cougars won last year's contest in Pullman on a golden goal by Sasha Baines.

WSU goalkeeper Brynn Bemis made two saves in earning her third shutout of the season.

Garbin and freshman Rianna Mansfield led Oregon with three shots each as the Ducks attempted 14 shots for the game, including 10 in the second half and overtime.

"I was pleased with the fact that we were playing to win and trying to create all the way through overtime," said Erickson.

Dobratz fueled the Cougar attack with six shots, four of which were on goal.

While the tie with WSU ended Oregon's winning streak at three games, it did extend the Ducks' unbeaten string in Pac-10 play to a school-record four games.

Oregon will look to continue that streak Friday when it hosts Oregon State at 7 p.m. at Pape' Field.

"We can't wait to face Oregon State next week because it will be a high-energy game," said Garbin. "We lost to them last year on their field and so we are glad to be at home with a chance for a big win."

The Ducks have a one point lead over No. 4 UCLA for the Pac-10 lead. The Bruins were a 2-1 overtime winner against USC on Sunday to move to 3-0-0 in league play. Teams receive three points for a win and one for a tie.

GAME NOTES: Oregon is now 0-2-3 all-time against the Cougars in Eugene...Gardner's sister Kaylee is a track athlete at Washington State...it was just the second 0-0 tie in program history; the other came against Arizona in 1999...the Ducks tied the school record -- set last year -- with their seventh shutout of the season...with three shots Sunday, Garbin now has 63 on the season, passing her own mark (61) of last season for fourth on the UO list; she is just seven shots back of the school record of 70 held by herself (2003) and Beth Bowler (2001)...Chatfield's four shutouts in 2006 is tied for second on the UO single-season list with Amanda Fox (1998) and three back of her own school record of seven, set last season.

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