"We came out ready to redeem ourselves today from Friday's loss to Portland," Bowns said. "There was more fire and will power today and definitely more heart."
Oregon scored three goals in the first 26 minutes of the game and never looked back in raising its record to 7-4 and shaking off Friday's 4-0 loss to the 10th-ranked Pilots. The Ducks also halted Gonzaga's school record unbeaten streak at eight games, with the Bulldogs falling to 8-3-1 on the season.
"We really just wanted to challenge the kids today," said Oregon coach Tara Erickson. "We put it in their heads today that this was a must win game. Gonzaga is a great team and was on a winning streak so it was just great to get a win and be able to go into Pac-10 games with a little more confidence."
The Ducks opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Bowns' corner kick from the left side carried all the way to Dani Oster at the top right of the penalty box, and Oster scored her first career goal by drilling a one-hopper into the left side of the Gonzaga net.
Bowns then set up Danielle Sweeney for the most artistic goal of the game in the 24th minute. The Redmond, Wash., native slid a perfectly timed pass to Sweeney just behind the Gonzaga back line and Sweeney beat Bulldog goalkeeper Jessie Thalman to the lower left side of the net. It was the fourth goal of the season for Sweeney, a sophomore from Pleasanton, Calif.
Bowns put Oregon up 3-0 in the 26th minute when she collected a ball she had deflected off a Gonzaga defender just outside the Gonzaga box and lined a shot to the right side of the net from 19 yards out.
The Oregon single-game tying assist came on Darcie Gardner's goal off a set piece in the 52nd minute.
The Ducks were awarded a free kick about 30 yards out. Bowns started the play with a pass to the right corner for a streaking Allison Newton. Newton tipped the ball once to get past a Gonzaga defender and then raced to the end line to cross the ball into the middle. The ball found Gardner after one bounce, and the Bellingham, Wash., native tapped in her second goal of the season from point-blank range to cap Oregon's scoring.
"It feels great," said Bowns. "I didn't come out shooting for any school records but it's definitely awesome.
"I thought today was a really good win for us," said Bowns. "Gonzaga is ranked higher than us so it just shows that we can really play with anyone."
Bowns three assists matched the record of Chalise Baysa, who had a hat trick of assists at Arizona State on Oct. 21, 2001.
"Since the game Friday I haven't wanted to gloss over anything but I wanted to make sure that the girls are meeting and beating the coaches' expectations," said Erickson. "I think we've definitely got our foot in the right direction but I want to keep building momentum."
The Bulldogs' Lauren Zuckerman added a goal on a penalty kick in the 85th minute for the final score.
Chatfield made a pair of saves to record the 24th win of her career, which moved her into sole possession of first place on the Oregon career victories list. She came into Sunday tied with Amanda Fox, who had 23 wins between 1996-99.
"That's amazing," said Chatfield upon being informed of the record. "But I think it was so much more to do with the team and the program that we've been able to build. It's been such a huge turnaround and hopefully we'll just continue and build to get better.
"We all walked away Friday really disappointed and frustrated so today was a must win game for us," she said. "Gonzaga is a pretty good team and we knew we just had to play hard."
GAME NOTES: Bowns' big day saw her take over the team lead in points with 13, one more than Newton, on four goals and five assists in 2007...she also assumed the team's lead in assists...Newton moved up to a tie for fourth in UO career assists with eight, while Bowns, now with seven assists, moved into a tie for eighth...Bowns' five assists in 2007 are tied for fourth on the UO single season list...Oregon has scored 24 goals through 11 games, matching its total for the entire 2006 season...the Ducks were 6-5 entering Pac-10 play a season ago...FR M Mercedes Walters and JR M Adriana Montes each saw their first action of the season Sunday.
Bowns Boots Ducks Past Bulldogs 4-1
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