SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Maddy Goldberg made a career-high eight saves to earn her first career shutout as Oregon and Missouri State played to a 0-0 tie Sunday at Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium.
Goldberg had a highlight reel save in each half to keep Missouri State (3-0-1) out of the net, while the attack for Oregon (0-2-1) built throughout the second half and nearly produced a goal as the Ducks fired six shots at the Bears’ net in the final 11 minutes of the match.
“From a performance perspective, today much more complete,” said head coach Graeme Abel. “I thought we chased and pressed with much more energy. We certainly grew bigger into the game and as a group.”
How It Happened: Goldberg made five saves to keep the Bears out of the net in the first half, including a highlight stop in the 30th minute. MSU’s Hailey Palmer ripped a line drive from the top of the box, but Goldberg dove to her right and snagged the ball out of the air for the save.
The Ducks generated a handful of scoring opportunities in the opening period. Myra Schneider may have had the best look when she drilled a free kick from the left side toward the net, but Bears’ keeper Camielle Day came up with the stop.
Oregon was the attacking team out of the break and outshot MSU 9-8 in the second half.
After Goldberg made her second diving save of the match in the 56th minute, the Ducks turned up the pressure at the other end.
On the counterattack, Lauren Kenny sent a shot on frame that was cleared by a defender in the 57th minute. A few moments later, Cameron Bourne fired a strike that just sailed over the crossbar.
Oregon’s offense relentlessly pursued the first goal of the match over the final 11 minutes.
Trinity Morales had an open look at the left side of the net in the 80th minute, but her shot was blocked by a defender.
Kaitlyn Paculba raced down the right side and fired at close range in the 84th minute and Ajanae Respass followed with a shot in the box in the 85th minute, but both attempts were saved by Day.
The Ducks’ last look came in the 88th minute when Anna Phillips got her head on a corner kick, but couldn’t quite get enough momentum on her shot to make it past Day.
Morales, Paculba and Respass led Oregon with two shots each.
Notable: Goldberg’s eight saves were one better than the seven saves she made in the 2023 season opener against Baylor … Kenny and Ella Osmussen and made their first career starts on Sunday. They were among seven freshmen who started for the Ducks against the Bears … For the game, MSU outshot the Ducks by one, 13-12, but the Ducks had the edge in corner kicks, 6-4 … It was the first meeting between Oregon and Missouri State … This was the second of a four-game road trip for Oregon.
Head coach Graeme Abel
“We are disappointed we didn’t capitalize on the scoring chances we created in the last 10 minutes of the game. However, the clean sheet is a positive and we walk out with some really positive performances.”
Up Next: Oregon’s road trip continues Thursday at Northern Arizona (7 p.m., ESPN+).
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