In a historic first contest broadcast on the Pac-12
network, Seattle University women’s soccer (4-3-0) tied the game early, but
Oregon (4-2-1) scored a second time and the deficit was too much to overcome,
as the Redhawks fell, 2-1.
The Ducks scored early, in the fifth minute, as Kristen
Parr took the ball from near midfield and kicked it into the upper right corner
of the goal, putting the Ducks on the board first. Parr is the leading scorer
for the Ducks so far in 2012 with five goals.
A short time later, in the 12th minute, Taylor
Bolibol (Woodinville, Wash.) put Seattle U on the board, scoring her first goal
of the season. Melissa Busque (St. Bruno, Quebec, Canada) recorded the assist
on a free kick pass to tie the game, 1-1.
After scoring, the Redhawks changed the momentum of the
game, outshooting the Ducks, 6-4, in the first half, and keeping the ball in
Oregon territory for a large part of the first half.
With twelve and a half minutes left in the first half,
Oregon’s Scout Libke took two shots, nearly scoring, but SU goalkeeper Brianna
Smallidge (Port Orchard, Wash.) played great defense to protect the score.
The Ducks struck again in the 34th minute, as Brooke
Strawn headed the ball in on a corner kick assist by Libke to put the Ducks
ahead, 2-1, which remained the score at the halftime break.
In the 54th minute, Oregon had an opportunity
to increase their lead on a penalty kick by Libke, but an impressive save by Smallidge
kept the margin at one goal.
Throughout the second half, both teams created offensive
opportunities, but they were not enough to score, and the Redhawks fell, 2-1,
to the Ducks.
Freshman Dana Connors notched the win in her first career
start in goal for the Ducks. Connors made her first appearance versus St. Mary’s
when Abby Steele was ejected on a red card.
four saves in the complete game effort to Connor’s three saves.
The Redhawks head to Corvallis to face the Oregon State
Beavers on Sept. 16 at 12 p.m. This contest will be broadcast on the Pac-12
Network Oregon. Seattle U returns home on Sept. 23 at 12 p.m. to host Utah
Valley in their final non-conference match.
To catch all the action this season, visit www.GoSeattleU.com or call the Redhawk
ticket office at (206) 398-GOSU (4678) to purchase season tickets. Men’s and
women’s soccer season tickets are $75 apiece for reserved seats and $50 for
general admission. Single game tickets are available at the gate 60 minutes
prior to kickoff before each match.