Second Half Attack Lifts Ducks

IMG_2274gThe Oregon Ducks blanked North Texas 3-nil Sunday afternoon at Pape` Field remain unbeaten at 5-0-1 and equal the best start for the program in 35 years.

A scoreless first half saw the possessions mostly equal with few opportunities for either team. That changed in the second half with the pitch tilting definitively in Oregon’s favor.

Jayne Lydiatt broke the tie with her second collegiate goal thanks to a nice assist from Ashlee Shultz that allowed Lydiatt to slip her defender at the top of the thirty. Home free, Lydiatt beat the keeper to the left side for the game winner.

Not content to defend the lead, Oregon continued on the attack and was rewarded quickly with Mia Costa rattling home a goal that caromed off a defender to double the Ducks’ advantage.

A picture perfect cross from the right side by Abby Morrow found Marissa Evert in the box and the sophomore forward deftly tapped the service into the short corner to complete the three-goal second-half outburst.

“Our girls’ willingness to fight for the full 90 minutes was impressive,” said Oregon head coach Kat Mertz. “North Texas is a great team, they are highly regarded and gave us a good fight. Instead of getting frustrated or complaining, we came out strong in the second half. We were able to put some fresh legs in there and let them run. Today’s win was an overall team effort and I’m really happy with the performance.”

In recording the combined clean sheet, keepers Halla Hinriksdottir and Kately Carter were untested with neither recording a save with the defense allowing a miserly four shots total. Oregon peppered the Mean Green keeper with 25 shots, a dozen of which were on frame.

The Ducks’ unbeaten string will be tested with a pair of tough road matches, facing UC Irvine on September 9th followed with a date at Cal State Fullerton on the 11th. Oregon will return to Pape` Field on Monday, September 19th to face Portland. First touch is set for 6:00 pm.

~ www.DuckNews.com

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