Ducks Fall in Pac-12 Opener

TUCSON, Ariz. – Oregon opened Pac-12 play with a 3-0 loss at Arizona Friday at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium.

The Wildcats (4-2-3, 1-0-0) scored once in the first half and twice after halftime.

“We are disappointed as a team in how we conceded the first goal,” said coach Graeme Abel. “We pride ourselves on how we defend the phases on set pieces.

“But we responded well and felt getting the next goal would allow us to go on win the game.”

How It Happened: Arizona scored the game’s first goal in the 14th minute and led 1-0 at halftime. The Wildcats added a second goal just 27 seconds into the second half and scored a third goal in the 61st minute.

Cameron Bourne led the Ducks (0-7-2, 0-1-0) with a season-high three shots, while Tucson native Trinity Morales attempted two.

Notable: The Ducks started at least five freshmen for the sixth time this season. … Bourne retook the team lead in shots with 13. … Defender Anna Phillips made her 45th consecutive start. … With six saves on Friday, Goldberg is now one save behind Lindsay Parlee (63/2010-11) for 10th in UO career saves. Goldberg now has 62 career saves.


UO coach Graeme Abel on the Wildcats’ goal at the start for the second half

“Unfortunately conceding a goal so early in the second half was a killer for us. Credit to Arizona as they capitalized on those opportunities.”

Up Next: Oregon returns home to host No. 20 Colorado (Thursday, 7 p.m.) and Utah (Oct. 1, 1 p.m.).