Ducks Post Second Straight Shutout Over The Weekend

HILLSBORO – Oregon’s defense registered a shutout for the third time in the last four games and Zoe Hasenauer’s penalty kick in the 73rd minute gave Oregon a 1-0 win over Portland State Sunday at Hillsboro Stadium.

The Ducks, 5-0-3, went unbeaten in nonconference play for the first time in the modern era of the program (1996-present).

“To get through a nonconference schedule against some good teams from very good conferences and a variety of styles without a loss is a really big positive,” said head coach Graeme Abel. “We have been able to get experience in a number of types of games and styles. All experiences that will help us over the next couple of months and beyond.”

Oregon held possession for much of the game, but couldn’t break through until Lexi Romero got behind the Vikings’ defense and was taken down in the penalty box to earn a penalty kick in the 73rd minute.

Hasenauer converted her second penalty kick of the season by tucking a shot into the lower left corner of the net that was just beyond the reach of Viking goalkeeper Sidney O’billovich.

The Ducks withstood three Portland State (2-5-0) corner kicks in the final seven minutes that saw Duck goalkeeper Leah Freeman make her only two saves of the game.

Prior to the Hasenauer penalty kick, the Ducks created numerous scoring opportunities.

In the first half, Oregon had seven shots, five of which were on goal, and attempted seven corner kicks. Kess Elmore nearly got the Ducks on the board in the 13th minute when she got a toe on a deflected corner kick, but O’billovich was able to make a fingertip save.

Alice Barbieri also had a clean look at the goal in the 38th minute, but O’billovich was able to knock Barbieri’s hard strike over the crossbar.
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Oregon’s pressure continued in the second half when Maya Hahn clanged a shot off the crossbar in the 53rd minute. Anna Phillips then got a foot on the ensuing corner kick that O’billovich had to make a point-blank save on.

Eden Hardy also had a close-range opportunity in the 70th minute in the build up to Oregon’s goal.

Oregon’s consistent pressure resulted in 11 corner kicks, and 14 shots, 10 of which were on goal. Chai Cortez handled all 11 corners as the Ducks generated six shots off those set pieces.

Dating back to last season, Oregon is unbeaten in its last 10 games (6-0-4). That is the Ducks’ longest such streak since going 21 consecutive matches (17-0-4) without dropping a game over the course of the 1980 and 1981 seasons.

“We were able to fight through this one and scrap to get the result,” said Abel. “Dealing with an opponent who hadn’t played this weekend is never ideal, but it shows the resolve and drive of our Ducks.”

Chardonnay Curran played in her 81st career game to take sole possession of the school record she shared (80) heading into Sunday’s match with Teresa Bowns, Dani Oster, Danielle Sweeney, Jen Stoltenberg and Scout Libke. Curran also moved into the UO top 10 in career matches started (73).

Oregon opens Pac-12 play Friday at No. 3 UCLA (7 p.m., Pac-12 Network).