<b>Duck Soccer Teams Open Practice</b>
Aug. 16, 2002
Preseason Exhibitions (Team leaves 8/21) - Location
Regular Season Opponents (Team returns 9/2) - Location
*The Ducks' game vs. FSU will be broadcast live on the Florida Sunshine Network.
Oregon opens the 2002 season after a program record 8-win season last year (8-8-2 overall, 2-6-1 Pac-10). Offensively, the squad lost four of last year's top five scorers, including career scoring leader Chalise Baysa (31 goals, 69 points)
Sophomore midfielder/forward Nicole Garbin emerges as the likely offensive leader after pacing the team last year in assists (5) and ranking second in goals (5) and points (15). Senior captain Sarah Peters returns as the Ducks' starting goal keeper for the third season after ranking second in the Pac-10 in saves in '01 (101). The defender corps features a pair of captains, seniors Lindsey Peterson and Robi Thayer, and top midfielders include senior Sarah Denner, junior Lindsey Werdell and sophomore Elise Minvielle.
COACH BILL STEFFEN
Bill Steffen begins his seventh year as the Ducks' head coach and has directed Oregon since the athletic department added women's soccer in 1996. He has a 35-69-9 record in his previous six years in Eugene, after serving as an assistant coach at North Carolina ('93-95).
For the third time in the program's history, Oregon opens the season on the road. The Ducks are 2-0 after wins at San Francisco State (7-2) in 1997 and San Francisco (3-0) in 1999. Overall, the Ducks are 5-1 in season openers with the only loss a 5-0 loss at home in their inaugural season in 1996. Among the team's season opening win streak include wins at home vs. Tennessee (1998, 3-1), San Jose State (2000, 5-3) and Gonzaga (2001, 1-0).
SERIES VS. WAKE FOREST & FLORIDA STATE
The Ducks sport an 0-2 ledger against Wake Forest with a 2-0 loss in Winston-Salem (9/10/99), and a 3-2 overtime defeat in Greensboro (9/7/98). Oregon lost its only match vs. Florida State, 1-0, at home two seasons ago (10/1/00) with the game decided in Eugene on an FSU score by Breland assisted by Corum at 52:00.
ON THE TUBE
The Ducks' opener vs. Florida State will be broadcast live on the Sunshine Sports Network. Closer to home, Action Sports Network is planning on broadcasting the Oregon-Portland game.
Sophomore midfielder Nicole Garbin ranked among the Pac-10's top newcomers offensively last year. Garbin tied for first among Pac-10 frosh last year in assists, and ranked third in goals and points behind Arizona's Candice Wilks (8 goals, 19 points) and Oregon State's Lindsey Beem (7 goals, 19 points).
With the addition of lights to Pape' Field and nearby Kilkenny (Football) Practice Fields, Oregon will play its first home night affair, Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. vs Portland State. The Ducks will host three other Friday night games (all at 7 p.m.) later in the year, vs. Washington (10/11), Arizona (10/25) and Oregon State (11/8).
Entering her sophomore season, Nicole Garbin needs only two more game-winning goals to tie the career mark (6) set by Chalise Baysa (1998-2001) and Sierra Marsh (1996-99). Garbin is also only six assists away from the career mark (11) held by Marsh and Erin Anderson (1996-99).
The Ducks have four players coming back from knee injuries: two ACL's Valerie Mayer and Dara Wone, and two MCL's: Arlene Tuttle and Cassidy Colb. Colb is the only one that won't be ready for the start of practice and may redshirt.
IN THE PAC-10
Duck returnees from the 2001 Pac-10 rolls include Nicole Garbin (game-winning goals, third-tie, 0.22 (5 GWG/18 games; assists per game, 10th, 0.28 (5 assists/18 games), and Sarah Peters (saves, second, 101, 5.61 avg.; shutouts, seventh, 3, 0.17 avg.).
The Duck roster is again West Coast-heavy featuring 28 players six states and provinces, including California (10), Oregon (6), Washington (6), Utah (3), Hawaii (2) and British Columbia (1).
The Ducks have 14 newcomers on their roster this year, including one sophomore transfer, 11 freshmen and two seniors. Among the additions, sophomore Christine Mintz arrives from UConn, and played 17 games and started seven for last year's NCAA Sweet 16 finalists.
Seventh-year assistant coach Keri Raygor competed for the U.S. National Team this past summer as well as professionally for the Boston Breakers of the WUSA (Women's United Soccer Association). stat note.
PLAYER & COACH PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
Jessica Fetzer (FEHTZ-er)Mele (MEH-lee) French
Cristan Higa (HEE-gah)
Salina (suh-LEE-nuh) Karia (kuh-REE-uh)
Jon Kiester (KEE-ster)
Cassidy Kolb (KOHLB)
Kristen Konopka (kah-NOP-kah)
Domenique Lainez (lah-NEEZE)
Valerie Mayer (MY-er)
Kirsten (ker-sten) McEwen (mick-YOU-un)
Christine Mintz (MIHNTZ)
Elise Minvielle (min-VILL)
Amanda Orand (ore-AND)
Bill Steffen (STEHF-un)
Andrea Valadez (VAL-uh-deez)
Lindsey Werdell (wer-DELL)
Dara (DARE-uh) Wone (like 'own')