Ducks Rally From Two-Goal Deficit

CORVALLIS, Ore. – After staking Oregon State to a 2-0 lead, Oregon rallied to tie the Beavers 2-2 in double overtime, with Jessica Goodell getting the equalizer in the 84th minute Friday night at Lorenz Field in Corvallis.

"The Civil War comes down to heart, grit and determination," said Oregon coach Tara Erickson. "Oregon State was feeling pretty good after 25 minutes, but our kids totally battled back to dig out of a 2-0 deficit. I'm real proud of the effort it took to do that."

Najma Homidi scored both of OSU's goals. She struck first in the 16th minute and then again 10 minutes later. Jodie Taylor assisted on both of Homidi's goals.

Oregon began its comeback in the 35th minute when

freshman Jill Jensen scored from point-blank range on assists by Dani Oster and Teresa Bowns to cut the lead to 2-1. It was the second goal of the season for the rookie from Puyallup, Wash.

"Teresa and Dani Oster worked a nice combination to set up Jensen for an easy finish," said Erickson.

Goodell, a transfer from Nebraska, tied the game on a strike from 15 yards out that was set up by a heady play from freshman Mercedes Walters, who played her best match of the season according to Erickson. The tying goal, Goodell's third of the year came with just 6:33 left in regulation.

"After collecting the ball, Mercedes slashed toward the goal and made a move to draw the defender, which left Goodell wide open and Mercedes slid the ball to her for a one-timer," said Erickson. "It was a very nice set up.

"Mercedes was probably the difference in this ball game," said Erickson of Walters, who earned her first career start on Friday. "We may have found our attacking midfielder if she can continue to play like that. She has really come a long way since the start of the season."

The Ducks played without starting holding midfielder Jen Cameron, who has been suspended for violation of team policy.

Oregon also finished the game with freshman and Corvallis native Tori Johnson in net. Starting goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield had to come off after a collision with Taylor in the final minute of the second overtime, and Johnson played the last :55 to earn her first decision, a tie, in net. Chatfield was shaken, but able to walk off the field under her own power.

"We lost our heads after that first goal, which we've done sometimes this season, but after that, we played like we were going to win, like we wanted to win" said Erickson.

GAME NOTES: Oregon which averages less than nine fouls a game, was whistled for a season-high 23 infractions...the injury-marred, marathon game was Oregon's longest of the season, lasting 2:30...Bowns recorded her team-lading sixth assist of the season.


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