Marissa Everett's header off a steal and assist from Zoe Hasenauer in the 88th minute gave the Oregon women's soccer team a 1-0 win over Utah on Friday night in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams.
The Ducks improved to 7-1-1 overall for their best start to a season since 2009. It was also the first time the Ducks have won their conference opener in four seasons.
"The seniors we recruited, they've done a lot of work on but most important off the field, to really change this culture," Oregon coach Kat Mertz said in a school news release. "So I'm really proud of them, and proud of the whole team, just believing in each other and playing for 90 minutes."
Utah (3-5-1) appeared to have the upper hand in the first half with five of its first seven shots on goal while just two of Oregon first 12 shots were on goal.
"I thought we came out well. They made some adjustments and they put us on our heels," Mertz said. "That's why we went into halftime and we made adjustments, and I thought we got the ball back, and settled, and just played."
Oregon goalie Halla Hinriksdottir recorded the shutout in goal, her fifth of the season. It was also her 22nd career win, only three off the school record.