Soccer Heads to Corvallis for Nike Tournament

Sept. 18, 2002

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Nike Tournament
Host: Oregon State University
Location: Corvallis, Ore., Paul Lorenz Field (Cap: 1,500)

  • Fri., Sept. 20 - Pacific - 2:30 p.m.
  • Sun., Sept. 22 - Wisconsin-Green Bay - 10:30 a.m.
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    Oregon heads northward to Corvallis for the Nike Invitational with tilts against Wisconsin-Green Bay (2-4), Fri., Sept. 20 and Pacific (6-0), Sun., Sept. 22 -- NOTE that Friday's game time is a half hour later than originally reported. The Ducks have played top-25 opponents in four of their six matches this season (including exhibitions), to prepare for a rigorous conference slate that includes five NCAA veterans from last year, and two others that made the postseason in 2000. This weekend's matches are the second and third in a nine-match stretch in the state of Oregon (including six in Eugene). Last weekend at home, Oregon halted its regular season losing streak with a 1-1 tie against then-No. 23 Utah.

    Against the Utes, freshman Mele French claimed her first career goal, a header from 2 yards out next to the left post on an assist from freshman Carlie Ashcraft. The Mililani, Hawai'i native French currently paces the team in shots (10), shots on goal (3), points (3), and is tied for the lead in goals (1) and assists (1). Senior Sarah Denner claimed the Ducks' first goal of the season vs. Florida State. 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. The Duck offense entered the season without all five of its top scorers from 2001 after a season-ending knee injury to sophomore forward Nicole Garbin in mid-August.

    The Ducks lost their only meeting with the Tigers, 2-0, in Stockton, Calif., in their inaugural season in 1996. Sunday's match marks the first ever meeting with the Phoenix.

    The unbeaten Tigers (6-0) have been averaging 3.2 goals per game and last weekend edged San Jos State (5-1) and Creighton (4-3) at home. Sophomore forward Regina McGee leads the team in every offensive category - goals (9), assists (3), points (21), shots (26), shots on goal (19), and game-winning goals (2). Other offensive leaders include junior forward Gabby Olivares (4 goals, 2 assists, 10 shots on goal), freshman forward Suzy Peterson (3 goals, 1 assist, eight shots on goal), and sophomore forward Maggie Barsotti (2 goals, 2 assists, 7 shots on goal). Senior goalkeeper Megan Pickering has allowed only five goals in six matches (0.88 GAA) and has racked up 25 saves. Pacific has surrendered only five goals this year -- three in their most recent win over Creighton. The Tigers have shut out three opponents -- at Sacramento State (1-0), vs. Nevada (1-0), and at home against Valparaiso (5-0) -- and offensively own a 19-season goal advantage and 112-49 shot advantage. Head Coach Keith Coleman is in his eighth year and has a 86-62-11 record, and his squad was sixth in the Big West Conference last season with a 3-6 record and were 10-8 overall.

    The Phoenix (2-4-0) have posted wins this season at home against Northern Illinois (2-0) and Western Illinois (4-1), but lost their recent match Sunday at Illinois State (3-1) after allowing three second-period scores. Junior midfielder Kristin Lau paces the team in goals (3), points (6), shots (14) and shots on goal (8). Other leading scorers include junior defender Angie Baratto (1 goal, 2 assists, 6 shots on goal), junior midfielder Jessica Depies (1 goal, 2 assists, 5 shots on goal), and freshman midfielder Sarah Oligney (4 assists, 2 shots on goal). Junior goalkeeper Darci White has allowed 14 goals (2.44 gaa) in six games, and has 23 saves and one shutout. Head Coach Quinn Ross is in his seventh season and owns a 32-84-4 record. Last season the squad finished fifth in the Horizon League with a 3-3 record, and were 4-12 overall.

    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 35-72-10 record in Eugene, after previously serving as an assistant coach at North Carolina ('93-95) and helped the Tar Heels to two NCAA titles and another top-four finish.

    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. 24 Utah, is among the Soccer Times top 25 - its first year ever in any rankings - after upsetting Portland and Kentucky already in '02.

    EUGENE (9/15) - The Ducks improved their record to 0-3-1 Sunday with a 1-1 overtime tie against then-No. 23 Utah at Pape' Field. Freshman forward Mele French opened scoring at 30:24 into the first period on a two-yard header next to the left post -- the opportunity created by a 25-yard line drive pass along the endline from freshman Carlie Ashcraft from the opposite side of the goal. Utah answered 24 seconds later on a lobbed shot to the top right corner of the net by Ute reserve Missy Dennis. The Ute junior forward retrieved the ball near the top off the goal box off a deflection, and scored from 16 yards out from the center of the field. By game's end, Utah held a 14-8 edge on shots, but only a 4-2 margin on shots on goal, while the Ducks owned advantages in corner kicks (6-4), fouls (16-13) and saves (3-1). The Utes (3-0-2), ranked for the first time in the program history, had previously upset then top-five ranked Portland in its season opener, and also scored a 2-1 2OT win at home over then-No. 18 Kentucky (9/8).

    The Ducks have 13 newcomers on their roster this year, including 10 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. Newcomers that have started matches this year include five freshmen (# of matches in ()) -- forward Mele French (3), midfielders Cristan Higa (4), Caitlin Gamble (1) and Carlie Ashcraft, and defender Jessica Fetzer (4) -- and sophomore Christine Mintz (4).

    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 two weeks ago. A two-time collegiate 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.

    The Ducks' upcoming match at No. 6 Portland will be shown live and tape delay twice by Action Sports Network (Wed. 10/9, 8 p.m. PT, Thu. 10/10, 9:30 a.m. PT) -- go to their web site ( for a complete list of affiliates in Oregon, Washington and California. The Ducks' early season stop against Florida State was broadcast live by the Sunshine Network.

    Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters has started 24 straight matches for the Ducks dating back to the Stanford match in 2000 (11/3, 4-0 loss), and tops on the team. Senior co-captain and defender Lindsey Peterson and junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell are next in line at 22 straight, as all three have started every match last season (18) and this year (4).

    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).

    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.).

    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).

    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.

    Making her debut as a first-year undergraduate assistant coach, Chalise Baysa joins the staff after a heralded playing career for the Ducks. The Oak Harbor, Wash., native ended her career last fall with nine school records, including categories for goals (career, 31; season 9, game 3), shots (career 168), points (career 100), assists (game 3), game-winning goals (career 6), games played (season 20) and started (season 20). After her senior season in 2001, she won the department's Jackson Award as its top female student-athlete, and was a three-time Pac-10 second-team honoree (1998, '99, '01).

    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). The schedule-makers were consistent on the Sunday side with all four home matches scheduled for 1 p.m.

    PAC-10 Scoreboard


    9/3 - Marcie Ward, F, Stanford9/10 - Julie Peterson, GK, USC9/17 - Brittany Kirk, MF, Cal


    Fri., Sept. 20San Diego at ASU, 7 p.m.Oregon vs. Pacific, 2 p.m. (1)Wisconsin-GB at OSU, 5 p.m. (1)Oklahoma at Stanford, 7:30 p.m. (2)UCLA at Fresno State, 7 p.m.Harvard at Wash., 7 p.m. (3)Utah at WSU, 3 p.m.

    Sat., Sept. 21BYU at USC, 1 p.m.

    Sun., Sept. 22San Diego at Arizona, 11 a.m.UNLV at ASU , 11 a.m.Cal at Fresno State, 1:30 p.m.OREGON vs. Wisc-GB, 10:30 a.m. (1)Pacific at OSU, 2 p.m. (1)Florida at Stanford, 1 p.m. (2)CS Northridge at UCLA, 1 p.m.UC Irvine at Wash., 1:30 p.m. (3)Gonzaga at WSU, Noon


    Fri., Sept. 13 ASU 1, Baylor 0#7 Cal 2, #3 Santa Clara 1OSU 1, Long Beach St. 1(2OT)St.  Mary's at #2 Stan., 7 p.m.#5 UCLA 4, San Fran. 1USC 2, Vanderbilt 0Denver 1, #14 Wash. 0WSU 1, Cal Poly 0

    Sun., Sept. 15 Oklahoma 2, Arizona 0#7 Cal 1, St Mary's 1 (2OT)Utah 1, Oregon 1 (2OT)OSU 2, UCSB 0#5 UCLA 2, Hawaii 0#13 Wake Forest 2, USC 1#16 Wash. 1, CS Fullerton 1 (2 OT)WSU 3, San Jose State 1

    (# indicates NSCAA ranking)


    Head Coach: Bill Steffen, 7th year (SUNY-Albany '82)Career and UO Record (Yrs): 35-72-10 (seventh year)Pac-10 Record: 12-34-4E-mail: steffen@oregon.uoregon.eduAssistant Coach: Keri Sanchez, 7th year (North Carolina '94)E-mail: raygor23@oregon.uoregon.eduAssistant Coach: Jon Kiester, 2nd year (Hawai`i Pacific '94)E-mail: 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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