Soccer Hosts No. 23 Utah Sunday at 1 pm

Sept. 12, 2002



UPCOMING ACTION
Sunday, Sept. 15 - No. 23 Utah (2-0-1) - Eugene, Ore. (Pape' Field) - 1 p.m. PT

Tickets: Single Game: $4 Adult, $3 Kids. Season: $35 Adult, $25 Kids. (541) 346-4461 or 1-800-WEB-FOOT.

Promotions:
1) Bi-Mart Family Special - 2 Adults, unlimited kids $10.
2) Ticket stubs from the Idaho home football game (9/14, the day before) are good for admission to the Utah soccer match, too.



WHAT'S UP
Oregon (0-3-0) returns for its second home game of the season after a home-opening 1-0 loss to Gonzaga, Friday, Sept. 6. In its last outing, Utah (2-0-1) edged No. 18 Kentucky, 2-1, Sunday at home., and hosts Idaho State, Friday, Sept. 12, before stopping in Eugene.

TOP DUCKS
The Duck offense is now without all five of its top scorers from 2001 after a knee injury to sophomore forward Nicole Garbin. Senior Sarah Denner owns Oregon's first and only goal of the season so far this season, vs. Florida State. Freshmen Carlie Ashcraft and Mele French, sophomore Kelly Baird, and junior Lindsey Werdell pace the team in shots (4). On defense, senior captain Sarah Peters returns for her third season as the Ducks' starting goalkeeper after ranking second in the Pac-10 in saves (101) in 2001. The defender corps features a pair of captains, seniors Lindsey Peterson and Robi Thayer.

UTAH PREVIEW
The No. 23 Utes scored a 2-1, 2OT win last weekend vs. then-No. 18 Kentucky - its second win ever over a ranked opponent ever after a season-opening 2-0 home upset of then-top-five ranked Portland. Junior forward Missy Dennis scored both goals in the win over Kentucky. Sophomore forwards Julie Herdic and Shauna Gurr Bingham scored goals vs. Portland, and Bingham ranks sixth in career history in career goals (23), second in assists (16) and fifth in points (62). Senior goalkeeper Courtney Hills-McBeth ranks third in career shutouts (13). First-year head coach Rick Manning is the second soccer coach in Utah history and was previously an associate head coach at Santa Clara. The Broncos made Tournament trips all four of his seasons there, won three West Coast Conference titles, and an NCAA title in 2001, and made final four appearances in 1998 and 1999.

COACH BILL STEFFEN
Bill Steffen continues in his seventh year as the Ducks' head coach and has directed the program since the athletic department added women's soccer in 1996. He has a 35-72-9 record in Eugene, after previously serving as an assistant coach at North Carolina ('93-95).

ANOTHER GRUELING SLATE
Head Coach Bill Steffen again put together one of the nation's toughest schedules with 10 opponents in preseason polls by the NSCAA, Soccer America, and/or Soccer Times. Schools include North Carolina (2/1/2), UCLA (3/9/5), Portland (4/2/3), Texas A&M (5/10/11), Stanford (12/7/6), California (15/14/16), Florida State (17/13/16), Washington (22/12/18), Arizona State (-/22/25) and USC (-/23/-). Another team, No. 23 Utah, is now among the Soccer America top 25 - its first year ever in any rankings - after upsetting Portland to open '02. A full listing of this week's rankings in the PDF version of this release on page 4.

SERIES VS. UTAH
The Ducks sport an 0-2 ledger against the Utes, with a 4-3 loss at Salt Lake City in 1997, and a 3-2 loss at home in 1996.

ON THE TUBE
The Ducks' upcoming match at No. 4 Portland will be rebroadcast by Action Sports Network (www.ascn.tv), while the Ducks' stop against Florida State was broadcast live by the Sunshine Network.

IN THE PAC-10
Duck returnees from the 2001 Pac-10 rolls include Nicole Garbin (game-winning goals, third-tie, 0.22 avg. (5 GWG/18 games; assists per game, 10th, 0.28 avg. (5 assists/18 games), and Sarah Peters (saves, second, 101, 5.61 avg.; shutouts, seventh, 3, 0.17 avg.).

INJURY REPORT
The squad have lost three players in the first month of the season with one, sophomore forward Nicole Garbin, likely out for the season. Backup keeper Domenique Lainez suffered a serious right ankle sprain (9/5), and will miss at least four weeks, and freshman forward Andrea Valadez suffered a right knee sprain in a Florida practice (8/22) and is also out at least four weeks. Last year, Garbin paced the team last year in assists (5) and ranked second in goals (5) and points (15).

SQUAD BREAKDOWN
The Duck roster features 28 players from six states and provinces, including California (10), Washington (7), Oregon (5), Utah (3), Hawaii (2) and British Columbia (1).

NEW FACES
The Ducks have 13 newcomers on their roster this year, including 11 freshmen, one sophomore transfer, and one junior walk-on. Among the additions, sophomore midfielder Christine Mintz arrives from UConn, and played 17 games and started seven for last year's NCAA Sweet 16 finalists.

FROM THE PLATTER TO THE PITCH
A walk-on early in fall practice, redshirt junior and discus standout Mary Etter has climbed to second on the Duck goalkeeper depth chart with an injury to Domenique Lainez last week. The two-time discus All-American (eighth in 2000 and 2002) Etter registered 13 career shutouts on the pitch as a three-year prep letterwinner and sophomore season MVP for Snohomish HS in Everett, Wash., the 1997 state champs that season. Etter also lettered four years in basketball.

A LEAGUE OF HER OWN
For the second straight season in 2002, seventh-year assistant coach Keri Sanchez starred in the backfield for the Boston Breakers of the WUSA (Women's United Soccer Association). In 2002, she had nearly twice as many shots (11) as any other defender on the team, started 13 games and played in a total of 16 contests. The previous year in 2001, she also played on the U.S. National Team.

LIGHTS PLEASE
With the addition of lights to Pape' Field and nearby Kilkenny (Football) Practice Fields, Oregon played its first ever home night game vs. Gonzaga (9/6), a 1-0 loss to the Zags. The Ducks will host four other Friday night games in 2002 (all at 7 p.m.) - vs. Portland State (10/4), Washington (10/11), Arizona (10/25) and Oregon State (11/8).



THIS WEEK'S PAC-10 SCHEDULE

Fri., Sept. 13

Baylor at ASU, 7 p.m.Santa Clara at Cal, 4:30 p.m.OSU at Long Beach, 4 p.m.St. Mary's at Stanford, 7 p.m.UCLA vs. San Fran., 7 p.m. (1)USC vs. Vanderbilt, 5 p.m.Wash. vs. Denver, 3 p.m. (3)WSU at Cal Poly, 7 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 15

Arizona at Oklahoma, 1 p.m.Cal at Saint Mary's, NoonUtah at Oregon, 1 p.m.Oregon State  at UCSB, 1 p.m.UCLA at Hawaii, 5 p.m.USC at Wake Forest, 2 p.m.Wash. vs. CS Fullerton, NoonWSU at San Jose State, Noon

LAST WEEK'S PAC-10 RESULTS

Fri., Sept. 6

Arizona 1, Wisconsin 1 (2OT)#21 ASU 1, Denver 1 (2OT)#10 Texas 2, # 11 Cal 1 (OT)Gonzaga 1, Oregon 0OSU 1, Hawaii 0#3 Stanford 1, #3 Texas A&M 0#2 UCLA 4, #5 Virginia 3 (OT)USC 1, #12 Penn State 0#15 Wash. 4, #23 Duke 3(2OT)

Sun., Sept. 8

Arizona 5, Northern Iowa 0SMU 2, #21 ASU 1 (2OT)#11 Cal, #3 Texas A&M 0OSU 2, Gonzaga 0#3 Stanford 1, #10 Texas 0#12 Penn State 1, #2 UCLA 0 (2OT)USC 0, #5 Virginia 0 (2OT)#1 North Carolina 5, #15  Wash. 1WSU 2, Idaho 0

# reflects NSCAA ranking.

PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
9/3 - Marcie Ward, F, Stanford
9/10 - Julie Peterson, GK, USC

PRESEASON PAC-10 COACHES POLL
(First-place votes in parentheses)

1.  UCLA (7) - 952.  Stanford (3) - 923.  Washington - 684.  Arizona State - 655.  California - 646.  USC - 597.  Oregon State - 378.  Washington State - 359.  Oregon - 1810.  Arizona - 17



COLLEGE SOCCER WEB SITES

  • College
    Oregon - www.goducks.com
    Pac-10 - www.pac-10.org
    NCAA - www.ncaa.org
    NCAA Tmnt - www.ncaachampionship.com
    NCAA host - www.texassports.com

  • Polls
    NSCAA - www.nscaa.com
    Soccer America - www.socceramerica.com
    Soccer Buzz - www.soccerbuzz.com
    Soccer Times - www.soccertimes.com

  • Area Newspapers
    Register Guard - www.registerguard.com
    Daily Emerald - www.dailyemerald.com
    Oregonian - oregonlive.com

  • Pro/USA/World
    WUSA - www.wusa.com
    U.S. Soccer - www.ussoccer.com
    FIFA - www.fifa.com
    Olympics - www.olympic-usa.org
    World Cup - www.2002wcwh.com.au



    2002 OREGON SOCCER SCHEDULE

    AUGUST24 - Sat. - #5 Texas A&M (EXHIB) - Bradenton, Fla. - T, 1-125 - Sun. - Central Florida (EXHIB) - Bradenton, Fla. - W, 2-130 - Fri. - vs. Wake Forest - Tallahassee, Fla. - L, 3-0

    SEPTEMBER1 - Sun. - at #17Florida State - Tallahassee, Fla. - L, 2-1 - - (TV-Sunshine Network Live)6 - Fri. - Gonzaga - Eugene, Ore. - L, 1-015 - Sun. - Utah - Eugene, Ore. - 1 p.m.20 - Fri. - vs. Pacific # - Corvallis, Ore. - 2 p.m.22 - Sun. - vs. Wisc.-Green Bay # - Corvallis, Ore. - 10:30 a.m.29 - Sun. - North Carolina - Eugene, Ore. - 1 p.m.

    OCTOBER4 - Fri. - Portland State - Eugene, Ore. - 7 p.m.6 - Sun. - at Portland (TV-ACSN) - Portland, Ore. - Noon11 - Fri. - Washington * - Eugene, Ore. - 7 p.m.13 - Sun. - Washington State * - Eugene, Ore. - 1 p.m.18 - Fri. - at California * - Berkeley, Calif. - 3:30 p.m.20 - Sun. - at Stanford * - Stanford, Calif. - 1 p.m.25 - Fri. - Arizona * - Eugene, Ore. - 7 p.m.27 - Sun. - Arizona State * - Eugene, Ore. - 1 p.m.

    NOVEMBER1 - Fri. - at UCLA * - Los Angeles, Calif. - 11 a.m.3 - Sun. - at USC * - Los Angeles, Calif. - 1 p.m.8 - Fri. - Oregon State * - Eugene, Ore. - 7 p.m.15, 17 - NCAA First Round - TBA - TBA22-24. - NCAA Second Round - TBA - TBA

    * Pac-10 Conference Match% Tennessee TournamentAll times Pacific and subject to change



    SOCCER INFORMATION

    Head Coach - Bill Steffen, steffen@oregon.uoregon.eduAlma Mater  - SUNY-Albany '82Career and UO Record (Years) - 35-72-9 (seventh year)Pac-10 Record - 12-34-4Assistant Coach - Keri Sanchez, seventh year, raygor23@oregon.uoregon.eduAssistant Coach - Jon Kiester, second year, jkiester@oregon.uoregon.eduField (Capacity) - Pape' Field (1,000)2001 Record - 8-8-22001 Conference Record (Finish) - 2-6-1 (7th-t)Starters Returning/Lost - 5/6Letterwinners Returning/Lost - 15/7Newcomers - 12

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