Before the second-largest crowd to watch a women's soccer game at Pape' Field -- 1,937 -- and 25 of the 29 varsity letterwinners from the 1980 and 1981 teams who were being honored Friday night, the Ducks mustered just one shot on goal -- Allison Newton's sliding try that was tipped away by Portland goalkeeper Hailee DeYoung late in the second half -- in falling to 6-4 on the season. After a back-and-forth opening 19 minutes, Portland, bolstered by the return of World Cup players Stephanie Lopez (USA) and Schmidt (Canada), took control of the game on Woznuk's high arcing shot from 17 yards out that seemed to catch Oregon off guard. The first shot of the match drifted over UO goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield and into the left side of the net for a 1-0 lead. "We started well," said Oregon coach Tara Erickson. "Our goal was to attack them, and I thought we did that for the first 15 or 20 minutes.
"It was tough to swallow; one shot, one goal, and once they got that goal you could see the momentum switch to them," said Erickson. "We switched into a defensive style, and everyone seemed to get on their heels, and we didn't do anything to dig ourselves out of it."
The Ducks kept the Pilots (8-3) at bay the rest of the first half, but in the second period, Schmidt, playing in her third game since returning from the World Cup in China, struck twice in just over four minutes to put the game away.
She scored in the 61st minute when Woznuk sent her a perfectly-timed through ball up the middle that gave her a one-on-one with Chatfield, and Schmidt put the ball into the right side.
Schmidt made it 3-0 by heading in a Lopez corner kick in the 65th minute, one of seven Portland corners on the night compared to five for Oregon.
The Pilots' Janelle Jacka added a goal in the 89th minute to cap the scoring.
It was just the third time this season that Oregon had been shut out.
Portland held a 16-7 advantage in shots.
Newton and Jen Stoltenberg each attempted two for Oregon.
"We wanted to come out strong in this game, but we let the first goal get to us," said Newton. "It took us out of our game, and we definitely got down on ourselves after we got scored on, instead of bouncing back.
"We have to move on, and look to Sunday and use that game as an opportunity to bounce back," she said.
The Ducks wrap up the non-conference season by hosting Gonzaga Sunday at 1 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The crowd of 1,937 was second only to the 2,055 who attended the Oregon-Oregon State game in 2004...Chatfield had two saves to lift her career total to 181 and into third all-time...she passed Domenique Lainez (180/2001-05) on Friday.
No. 10 Portland Downs Ducks 4-0
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