After a rough start to the home season, Oregon bounced back to defeat the Fresno State Bulldogs 18-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener for each team.
After falling silent in the second half of Friday’s 10-8 loss to Connecticut, the Oreogn attack could not be stopped in the first half against the Bulldogs.
Oregon won 9 draw controls and scored 13 goals on 20 attempted shots compared to the Bulldogs who only had 3 draw controls and no goals for their 2 attempted shots. The Ducks defense also held strong throughout the game, and did not let a ball hit the back of the net until the 16th minute of the second half.
Along with having a strong defense, all three of the Oregon goalies were able to get into the net during the game. Caroline Federighi made a pair of spectacular saves to shut out the Bulldogs in the first half. Back-ups Jenna Morris and Becca Katzen allowed only three second half goals and the Ducks cruised to the lopsided victory.
The scorers for Oregon included Nikki Puszcz, Carly O’Connell, Shannon Propst, Courtney Valdez, Bella Pyne, Rachel Steinberg, Devon Frazer, and Sami Keizer. The scorers for Fresno State were Kara Concheck, Kyleigh Westgarth, and Marcy Levantino.
Coach Jen Larsen-Beck also talked about how important it was for Morris, Katzen, and all other healthy players into the game.
“I think it was important to get everybody. Everybody that was healthy got in there and got them into the spots that they were going to be playing in. They work hard all year long, nobody wants to get up at 6 a.m. We are a dedicated crew to do that so you want to reward them on a day like this and get them out there playing.”
After their first MPSF game, the Ducks have a record of 3-3 overall, and 1-0 in the conference.
~ Kate Jensen