No. 7 Oregon opened its big weekend in California with an impressive win at No. 4 Chapman. The Ducks take on No. 11 Stanford later today in the Pac-12 Challenge at UCLA.
This was a game of momentum swings, with Chapman leading early. But Oregon had a big second quarter and opened the third with a transition goal of the faceoff to lead 6-3. But Chapman owned the remainder of the third, getting two goals apiece from junior attack Tyler Ankarlo and senior middie Ryan Hellmich to build an 8-6 lead entering the fourth.
Oregon managed to recover, though, getting goals from middies Ryan O’Rourke, his second of the game, and Evan Merritt, his third, to tie it, then the go-ahead goal from middie matt Samet.
Except for two transition goals, all of Oregon’s offense came through the midfield, either on speed dodges — Merritt was very successful getting his own shot — or on feeds from X.
Chapman coach Dallas Hartley said his team played just the one good quarter, not enough to beat a good team like Oregon. He also hinted that the Panthers’ 17-2 win Friday night over San Diego might have given his players a false sense of how smooth things would go for them. A tough opponent the next afternoon exposed flaws that might have been masked a bit vs. San Diego.
Here are the scores from Saturday at the Pac-12 Challenge:
USC 7, Washington State 3
Arizona State 14, California 8
Stanford 10, Oregon Sate 8
Utah 15, Washington 10
Arizona 16, UCLA 7