Soccer Prepares for Bay Area Trip Against Top-15 Foes
Oct. 15, 2002
Duck Soccer This Week (1-8-2, 0-1-1) - Oct. 15, 2002
Based on the national rankings, the Ducks face their toughest weekend so far, traveling to a pair of Bay Area schools that are two top-15 ranked (No. 11 California and No. 1 Stanford). This weekend's slate features the sixth top-10, and eighth and ninth top-25 Duck opponents already this season. Things won't get any easier afterwards since the Pac-10 boasts five NCAA veterans from last year, and two others that made the postseason in 2000. After a nine-match stretch in the state of Oregon, this weekend's trip starts a final seven-game stretch with four contests on the road. Last weekend at home, the Ducks fell 2-1 to No. 18 Washington (playing nearly 60 minutes down a player due to a red card), and tied Washington State, 1-1 in 2OT.
Senior captain Sarah Peters (2.07 GAA, 56 saves, 23 GA) returns for her third season as a starter and has faced 152 shots already this season. Last season, she ranked second in the Pac-10 in saves (101). Freshman Mele French scored her second career goal Sunday vs. Washington State, after scoring earlier in the year against then-No. 23 Utah. The Mililani, Hawai'i native French paces the team in goals (2), shots (19), and ranks second in points (6), assists (1), and shots on goal (5). Two days before against the No. 19 Huskies, junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell rocketed in a penalty kick for her first goal of 2002 and second career-wise. A week before, freshman midfielder Carlie Ashcraft netted her first career goal vs. Portland State on freshman midfielder Cristan Higa's second and team-leading assist this season. Senior midfielder Amanda Orand made the most of an unexpected start a month ago against Wisconsin-Green Bay with her first two career goals, and also leads the team this season in goals (2-tied), assists (2-tied), points (6) and shots on goal (6) and stands second in assists (1-tie). Senior Sarah Denner claimed the Ducks' first goal of the season vs. then-No. 13 Florida State. The defender corps features the other pair of captains, seniors Lindsey Peterson and Robi Thayer. The Duck offense marches on without eight of its top nine scorers from 2001 after a season-ending knee injury to sophomore forward Nicole Garbin in mid-August.
SERIES VS. CALIFORNIA (0-5) & STANFORD (0-5)
The Ducks have lost to California on the road in 2000 (4-0), 1998 (2-1, OT), and at home in 1997 (1-0), 1999 (1-0) and 2001 (3-0). The Cardinal has posted wins against the Ducks in Stanford in 2000 (4-0), 1998 (4-0), and in Eugene in 1997 (4-0), 1999 (1-0) and 2001 (3-1). Duck starters from last year include seniors Lindsey Peterson, Robi Thayer, Sarah Denner and Sarah Peters, and junior Lindsey Werdell, and Peters started against both in 2000. In 2001 at home, Peters had 11 saves vs. Stanford and 4 vs. Cal, after racking up 7 and 1, respectively in 2000 on the road against the Cardinal and Bears.
The No. 11 Bears have faced a difficult schedule so far in 2002 with wins against current top-15 teams No. 5 Santa Clara (2-1), No. 6 Texas A&M (1-0), and No. 15 Wake Forest (1-0), and top-20 losses to No. 4 Texas (2-1), No. 7 UCLA (1-0), and No. 19 USC (2-0). Freshman midfielder Tracy Hamm leads the team in goals (7), points (44), shots (33) and shots on goal (20). Other leading attackers include senior midfielder Carly Fuller (4 goals, 3 assists, 10 shots), freshman forward Dania Cabello (2 goals, 4 assists, 19 shots) and senior midfielder Brittany Kirk (3 goals, 1 assist, 17 shots). In goal, junior Sani Post has started six of the last nine matches (0.86 GAA, 25 saves, 2 shutouts), and freshman Ashley Sulprizio started the other six matches (1.29 GAA, 26 saves, 2 shutous). Sixth-year head coach Kevin Boyd (73-36-6) had guided Cal to four straight NCAA appearances as the Bears also claimed the Pac-10 title in 1998.
Climbing to the national top spot after a North Carolina loss to N.C. State last weekend, the No.1 Cardinal (11-1-0) have lost only one match this year, 1-0 to the Tar Heels two weekends ago, and have wins against a host of ranked opponents such as No. 4 Texas (1-0), No. 6 Texas A&M (1-0), No. 8 Santa Clara (3-0), No. 12 UCLA (1-0), No. 17 (ST) USC (2-0) and No. 21 Tennessee (2-0). Junior forward Marcie Ward leads the team in goals (7) and shots (42) and is tied for tops in assists (4). Among the 15 other players that have points in '02, other top scorers include sophomore forward Natalie Sanderson (5G, 3A, 14 shots), senior forward Marcia Wallis (4G, 4A, 35 shots) and freshman forward Jennifer Farenbaugh (3G, 4A, 11 shots). Last weekend, sophomore goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for her shutouts against USC (2-0, 6 saves) and UCLA (1-0, 6 saves), and in 12 games this season, she has 31 saves and has allowed just three goals. Assistant coaches Stephanie Erickson and Paul Sapsford are serving as co-interim head coaches this fall with Erickson in her third year and Sapsford in his first with the program.
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 36-77-11 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.
ANOTHER GRUELING SLATE
Head Coach Bill Steffen again put together one of the nation's toughest schedules, including 11 NCAA veterans from last year including one tourney finalist (North Carolina), another final four finisher (Portland), two more Elite Eight reps (Texas A&M and UCLA), another Sweet 16 member (Stanford), two more final 32 adversaries (Florida State and Washington) and four more initial 64 qualifiers (California, Central Florida, USC and Wake Forest). Going by the preseason polls, 10 Duck opponents in 2002 were picked among the top 25 by NSCAA, Soccer America, and/or Soccer Times. Schools included 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.
LAST WEEKEND'S RECAP
EUGENE, Ore. - The Ducks closed their opening weekend of league play Sunday with a 1-1, 2OT tie with Washington State at Pape Field. WSU got on the board first at 20:15 on a 20-yard, low line-drive on the right side of the goal box by junior midfielder Rachel Rodrick. Duck senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters apparently wrapped up the drive up easily, but unfortunately the ball slid through her arms and legs into the goal. The Ducks answered near the end of the first period at 39:55 when senior forward Amanda Orand collected the ball just inside the midfield line, then pushed a 15-yard pass ahead to the right side of the goal box. Freshman Duck forward Mele French sprinted past a pair of defenders then scored her second career goal mid-stride on an 11-yarder she lobbed over goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz who had charged out in defense. For the remainder, the teams battled back and forth with each team having near scores late. At 82:03, senior UO defender Robi Thayer deflected an open-goal shot attempt from 7 yards right by WSU's Nicole Wilcox. The Ducks' Katie Abrahamson almost broke the tie late in overtime on a left sideline throw-in that sailed just over jumping WSU keeper Sara Leibowitz and top goal post edge. At game's end, WSU held advantages in shots (18-5), shots on goal (9-3), corner kicks (5-1) and fouls (16-9). Two days before on Friday, the Ducks played nearly 2/3 of the match a player short, but still mustered one of its strongest efforts of 2002 before falling, 2-1, to No. 19 Washington at Pape' Field. The Ducks scored their only goal at 27:42 thanks to junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell who line-drived a penalty kick top right shelf. The chance was created by a foul whistled on Washington midfielder Liz Taylor who had previously bumped UO freshman forward Mele French on a one-on-one run in the left edge of the goal box, approximately 16 yards out. However, the Ducks unexpectedly adjusted their game plan when starting forward Arlene Tuttle was ejected at 31:27 for her second yellow card of the game. The Huskies, went up 1-0 initially at 17:56 on a 12-yard hard grounder by sophomore forward Tina Frimpong from the left side to the right corner of the goal, created by an assist by junior forward Melissa Bennett. After Werdell's score, 50 minutes of scoreless back-and-forth followed until Frimong scored the game's final goal at 75:09 from 17 yards out, also on a Bennett pass bounced in from 10 yards away near midfield. Oregon goalkeeper Sarah Peters raced out to try and intercept the pass, but Frimong got to the ball first and quickly looped it over the senior Duck keeper into the left side of the net from the center edge of the goalbox. At game's end, Washington held advantages in shots (12-6), corner kicks (3-1) and fouls (14-10). In goal, Oregon's Peters racked up five saves, and UW's Hope Solo, last year's Pac-10 Player of the Year, had one save. Werdell led Oregon in shots (3) and shots on goal (2).
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 (11), Caitlin Gamble (1) and Carlie Ashcraft (8), and defender Jessica Fetzer (10) -- and sophomore Christine Mintz (11).
Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters has started 31 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 29 straight, as all three have started every match last season (18) and this year (11).
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).
FROM THE PLATTER TO THE PITCH
A walk-on early in fall practice, redshirt junior and discus standout Mary Etter appeared in her first game against Wisconsin-Green Bay last month as the Ducks' second-string goalkeeper. The Everett, Wash., native played 32 minutes, made one save and allowed two goals. A two-time discus All-American for the Ducks (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, the 1997 state champs. Sophomore Domenique Lainez began the season second on the Ducks' depth chart, but is rehabbing a serious ankle injury from early September.
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 lost three players in the first month of the season with one, sophomore forward Nicole Garbin, likely out for the season. Last year, the Wailuku, Hawai'i native Garbin paced the team in assists (5) and ranked second in goals (5) and points (15). Backup keeper Domenique Lainez suffered a serious right ankle sprain (9/5), and is still on the mend, and freshman forward Andrea Valadez suffered a right knee sprain in a Florida practice (8/22) and will be out at least 4-5 weeks. Freshman midfielder Cassidy Kolb began the year on injured reserve and will likely redshirt this season, rehabbing after ACL surgery.
BAYSA ON BOARD
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 69), 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).
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 posted 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.
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, too, with all four home matches scheduled for 1 p.m.
ON THE TUBE
The Ducks' have had two matches televised this year, at then-No. 5 Portland by Action Sports Network, and at then.-No. 13 Florida State by Florida's Sunshine Network.
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Duck Soccer Information
Field (Capacity): Pape' Field (1,000)
2001 Record: 8-8-2
2001 Conference Record (Finish): 2-6-1 (7th-t)
Starters Returning/Lost: 5/6
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 15/7
2002 Pac-10 Standings
(through games as of Oct. 13, 2002)
Conf., OverallStanford 2-0-0, 11-0-0Washington 2-0-0, 7-4-2Washington State 1-0-1, 7-4-1Arizona State 1-0-0, 8-1-2UCLA 1-1-0, 9-3-0USC 1-1-0, 6-4-3Oregon 0-1-1, 1-8-2California 0-2-0, 7-4-1Oregon State 0-2-0, 7-4-2Arizona 0-1-0, 5-5-1
Four Pac-10 teams survived the opening weekend of Pac-10 play without a loss, including the red-hot ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils (8-1-2 overall, 1-0-0 Pac-10), winners of seven in a row... ASU, ranked 17th in this week's Soccer America poll, travels to Los Angeles to take on No. 7/No. 6 UCLA (9-3-0, 1-1-0) and No. 19/No. 12 USC (6-4-3, 1-1-0)... Top-ranked STANFORD (11-1-0, 2-0-0), which opened Pac-10 play with back-to-back shutout wins, hosts the Oregon schools this week, while the rivalry contest features the NR/No. 19 WASHINGTON Huskies (7-4-2, 2-0-0) at the WASHINGTON STATE Cougars (7-4-1, 1-0-1).
Six Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's national polls (NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America), including consensus No. 1 Stanford... In addition to the aforementioned ranked teams, CALIFORNIA (7-4-1, 0-2-0) checks in at No. 11/No. 7.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Oct. 18UCLA at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.USC at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 3:30 p.m.OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 19WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon
Sun., Oct. 20USC at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 11 a.m.OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.OREGON at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
*All times are local to site.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Oct. 11ARIZONA STATE 3, ARIZONA 1UCLA 1,CALIFORNIA 0WASHINGTON 2, OREGON 1WASHINGTON STATE 1, OREGON STATE 0 (2OT)STANFORD 2,USC 0
Sun., Oct. 13USC 2, CALIFORNIA 0WASHINGTON STATE 1, OREGON 1 (2OT)WASHINGTON 3,OREGON STATE 1STANFORD 1, UCLA 0
2002 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Sept. 3- Marcie Ward, STAN; Sept. 10- Julie Peterson, USC; Sept. 17- Brittany Kirk, CAL; Sept. 24- Melissa Bennett, WASH; and Brittany Cooper, ASU; Oct. 1- Elizabeth Bogus, ASU; Oct. 8- Ali Fennell, USC; Oct. 15- Nicole Barnhart, STAN.