Ducks Fall to Wolfpack 4-1 in Opener

“A disappointing result, no question,” said Oregon head coach Kat Mertz following the Ducks’ 4-1 loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack in their season opener Friday evening at Pape` Field.”

“A couple bad (defensive) rotations… a missed opportunity early and they came right back and scored the first goal,” she said. “They had three shots in the first half, and two goals … we’re not gonna win if we give up those soft goals.”

Oregon’s early opportunity came in the fifth minute of play when Kyra Fawcett found herself in position to convert a cross but was thwarted by a Wolfpack defender was able to deflect the pass wide of the post.  On the counter attack, Paige Griffiths found herself behind the Oregon defense and slipped home a shot to the far post.

The lead increased to 3-0 on goals in the 26th and 60th minutes before the Ducks offense was able to sustain a possession in the front half, with Brianne Parsons breaking the ice on assists from Mia Costa and Sofia Chambers in the 67th minute.

With the two-goal deficit the Ducks pressed the attack but in the 85th minute one of those “bad rotations” found the Wolfpack once again again behind the Oregon defense for the 4-1 final result.

Oregon keeper Halla Hinriksdottir was tagged with the loss, notching one save and allowing the four goals. The Ducks out shot the Wolfpack 10-6 and had a 10-1 advantage in corners but could make nothing of the set piece opportunities.

“The good news is, it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish,” Mertz said. “I’ve seen plenty of teams go back to work, which we’re going have to do. We’re going to focus, regroup, and get our confidence back up.”

Oregon (0-1) will seek to even their season record on Sunday afternoon when they host Kansas State with first touch set for 1:00 pm. (Pac-12 Live Stream).

~ www.DuckNews.com

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