Soccer Loses Season Opener to Wake Forest, 3-0

Aug. 30, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of Oregon women's soccer team lost only its second season opener in its seven-year history Friday, as Wake Forest won 3-0 in the both teams' 2002 FSU Nike Invitational opener.

A trio of Duck starters accounted for Oregon's three shots on goal - senior midfielder Amanda Orand, junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell, and freshman forward Mele French. The offense logged three other shots during the game courtesy of Orand (2) and Werdell (1). In goal for the Ducks, senior keeper Sarah Peters registered five saves in 90 minutes.

'We played very well the first 25 minutes, then lost composure,' head coach Bill Steffen said. 'Cristan Higa (a freshman forward) had a great match, and did a great job getting forward and was very effective holding the ball. But as a group, we played the ball too randomly and too often without purpose.'

Wake Forest registered eight shots on goal and 12 total, scoring at 28:33, 62:31 and 86:01 on goals by Sarah Kosey, A.B. Robbings and Sara Creighton, respectively. At halftime, Wake Forest had a narrow 5-4 advantage in shots, followed by a 7-2 second-period advantage.

Overall, the 28-member Duck squad featured a host of new faces, especially with only five starters back from last year's 8-8-2 squad, including a trio of senior captains in Peters, and defenders Lindsey Peterson and Robi Thayer. On Friday, the Ducks started one newcomer at forward (Higa) and additional newcomers at midfielder (sophomore transfer Christine Mintz and freshman Mele French) and defender (freshman Jessica Fetzer). Other returnees from last year's squad that started included sophomore forward Arlene Tuttle, sophomore midfielders Kelly Baird and Elise Minvielle, and junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell.

Steffen also played eight players off the bench, including four frosh (Katie Abrahamson, Carlie Ashcraft, Valerie Mayer and Caitlin Gamble).

Among those not playing, sophomore Nicole Garbin, the team's top returning scorer from 2001, and freshman Andrea Valadez - were on the sidelines after suffering knee injuries in practices earlier in the trip. The injuries will be further examined when they return to Eugene to better ascertain their nature.

The Deamon Deacons, an NCAA Tournament qualifier each of the past five seasons, raised their record to 1-0, and 3-0 all-time vs. Oregon after wins in 1999 (2-0) and 1998 (3-2 OT).

Oregon's loss marked its first season-opening defeat since its first official match, a 5-0 loss in 1996 to UC Irvine. The Ducks had won both of their prior road season openers at San Francisco State in 1997 (7-2) and San Francisco (3-0) in 1999, and had three straight season-opening home wins.

The Ducks headed into Friday's opener with a 1-0-1 exhibition record after a 1-1 tie with top-10 ranked Texas A&M and 2-1 win over South Florida, both contested last weekend in Bradenton, Fla.

Looking ahead, the Ducks (0-1) face tourney host Florida State, Sunday, Sept. 1, at 2 pm Eastern Time, on a game televised live by the Sunshine Network. In recent 2002 preseason polls, the Seminoles were ranked top 20 by the NSCAA (No. 17), Soccer Times (16th-tie), and Soccer America (No. 13).


Wake Forest 3, Oregon 0
Friday, Aug. 30, 2002
Seminole Soccer Complex
Florida State University - Tallahassee, Fla.
Conditions: Overcast, 87 degrees

Wake Forest 3, Oregon 0, Aug. 30 at Seminole Soccer Complex, Tallahasse, Fla. Scoring: WF-Kosey (Creighton) at 29:33; WF-Robbins (Hunt) at 62:31; WF-Creighton (Johnson) at 86:01. Shots: WF-12, UO-6. Corner Kicks: WF-3, UO-1. Saves: UO-5 (Peters 5), WF-3 (Regan, 2; Team 1). Fouls: WF-9; UO-7. A: 74.

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