Soccer Travels to LA For a Top-20 Twinbill.

Oct. 30, 2002


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Duck Soccer This Week (2-11-2, 1-4-1) - Oct. 29, 2002

  • Fri. (11/1) - No. 6 UCLA - Los Angeles (Drake Stadium) - *7 p.m.

    *NOTE: The UCLA game is an hour later than earlier publicized and in Drake Stadium (not Marshall Field)

  • Sun. (11/3) - No. 16 USC - Los Angeles (McAlister Field) - 1 p.m.


    WHAT'S UP
    In its penultimate weekend of regular season action, the Duck soccer squad sets course for LA to take on its 11th and 12th top-25 opponents of 2002. Last weekend, No. 6 UCLA edged crosstown rival No. 16 USC, 2-0, at Troy. The Conference of Champions again looms as the nation's toughest soccer league with six teams currently top-25 ranked, five squads that were NCAA veterans from 2001, and seven that were postseason qualifiers from 2000. Last weekend at home, the Ducks came back from a 2-0 second-half deficit to win 3-2 over Arizona, then lost to then-No. 20 Arizona State, 2-1.

    TOP DUCKS
    Senior captain Sarah Peters (2.27 GAA, 82 saves, 32 GA) returns for her third season as a starter. In 2002, she has faced 194 shots in 15 matches, and ranks first in the conference in saves (5.86 avg.) and second in total saves (82). Sophomore Arlene Tuttle sparked the Ducks to a come-from-behind win Friday vs. Arizona with her first two career goals in the second half and is tied for the team season lead in goals (2) and shots on goal (2). Freshman Katie Abrahahmson followed her lead last Sunday with her first career goal, a header from five yards out at 81:24 in a 2-1 loss to ASU. Earlier in October vs. No. 19 Washington, junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell rocketed in a penalty kick for her first goal of 2002 and second career-wise. Freshman Mele French scored her second career goal vs. Washington State that same weekend, after scoring earlier in the year against then-No. 23 Utah. The Mililani, Hawai'i native French paces the team in goals (2-tied), shots (21), and ranks second in points (5-tied). Freshman midfielder Carlie Ashcraft scored her first career goal in October's opener vs. Portland State on freshman midfielder Cristan Higa's second and team-leading assist. Senior midfielder Amanda Orand made the most of an unexpected start in late September 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 (7-tied). Senior Sarah Denner claimed the Ducks' first goal of the season vs. then-No. 13 Florida State, then found the net again last weekend vs. Arizona to start a three-goal rally en route to the win, and later assisted on the game-winner. 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. UCLA (1-4) & USC (0-6)
    The Ducks are 0-2 all-time on the road vs. UCLA (2000 - L 8-0; 1998 - L 2-0), and 1-2 at home (2001 - L 2-0; 1999 - W 2-1; 1997 - L 6-0). The Ducks seek their first-even win over the Trojans, and are 0-3 on the road (2000 - L 3-0; 1998 - L 4-0; 1996 - L 5-1), and 0-3 at home (2001 - L 1-0; 1999 - L 3-1; 1997 - L 5-1). Starters against both from last year include goalkeeper Sarah Peters, midfielder Lindsey Werdell, and defenders Robi Thayer and Lindsey Peterson. Last year at home, Peters racked up 10 saves vs. UCLA (2-0 loss) and 2 saves vs. USC (1-0 loss). Peters also started against both in 2000 on the road (UCLA 45 min., 8 saves, 3 goals; USC 90 min., 8 saves, 3 GA) as did Peterson.

    UCLA PREVIEW (12-3-0, 4-1-0)
    The Bruins are 3-3 this season against top-25 foes - including wins over then-No. 5 Virginia (4-3, OT), then-No. 5 California (1-0) and last week vs. then-No. 17 USC (2-0), and losses to then-No. 12 Penn State (1-0), then-No. 11 Santa Clara (2-1, OT), and then-No. 2 Stanford (1-0). Freshman forward Iris Mora has a team-leading seven goals (on only 24 shots) but may miss the Oregon contest due to Mexican National Team commitments. Other Bruin offensive leaders include sophomore forward Kim Devine (6 goals, 1 assist, 29 shots), freshman forward Katie Rivera (5 goals, 3 assists, 16 shots) and Sarah-Gayle Swanson (5 goals, 1 assist, 27 shots). Goalkeeper Sarah Lombardo sports a 0.71 goal against average in 15 games and 1271 minutes, and has 26 saves and six shutouts. Head Coach Jillian Ellis is in her fourth season in Westwood (66-15-2) and guided UCLA to the NCAA title match in 2000 (2-1 loss to North Carolina), and last year signed the nation's second-best recruiting class.

    USC PREVIEW (8-5-3, 3-2-0)
    The Trojans lost only their second conference game last weekend to then-No. 7 UCLA (2-0) with the other hiccup against then-No. 2 Stanford (2-0). Other games against top-25 opponents include wins over then-No. 5 Penn State (1-0), then-No. 8 Santa Clara (1-0), and then-No. 17 Arizona State (2-1, 2OT), and losses to then-No. 1 North Carolina (2-0), then-No. 25 Wake Forest (2-1), and a tie with then-No. 2 Virginia (0-0 OT). Senior defender Ali Fennell paces the team in goals (7), points (15) and shots (47). Other offensive leaders include last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, junior forward Jessica Edwards (4 goals, 1 assist, 32 shots), and junior midfielder Megan Abbamonto (2 goals, 0 assists, 43 shots). Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Peterson has played every minute this season for the Trojans, and sports a 0.83 goal against average, has 73 saves, and seven shutouts. Head Coach Jim Millender (91-39-4) is in his seventh season at USC and has guided USC to four straight NCAA appearances.

    COACH BILL STEFFEN
    Bill Steffen is 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 37-80-11 record in Eugene, after previously serving as a North Carolina assistant coach ('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/-). Two other teams, Utah and Wake Forest, have been sighted in the top 25 nationally since then, and Washington State and Oregon State have received votes at various points.

    LAST WEEKEND'S RECAP
    EUGENE, Ore. (10/25) - The Ducks proved their meddle last Friday against Arizona, overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the second half with three goals in the final 25 minutes of the game, en route to a 3-2 win at Pape' Field. Sophomore Arlene Tuttle sparked the Duck offense, scoring her first two career goals at 73:29 and 81:16. Tuttle's first score came on a header from eight yards left center, that spiraled over Wildcat keeper Natalie Juarez into the right corner of the net, and created on a 15-yard pass from the right side from sophomore forward Kelly Baird. Tuttle scored less than eight minutes later at 81:16 when she slid in the inside center edge of the goal box to meet a low cross from senior forward Sarah Denner, 15 yards away on the right side. After a scoreless first half, the Wildcats struck first at 46:36 on a Kelly Nelson goal from 10 yards left into an open net, then added an apparent insurance goal at 55:58 when midfielder Naomi Chu headed in a shot at the right post from six yards out. However, 10 minutes later at 66:30, Oregon senior Sarah Denner helped swing momentum back towards the hometeam's favor as she curled a header into the right side of the goal from seven yards out, left center. Denner's chance was created by an indirect kick into the box from junior Lindsey Werdell from 25 yards out near the right box corner. In goal for Oregon, senior Sarah Peters came up with two saves against six Arizona shots, and five that were on goal. Arizona's Naomi Chu led the visitors in shots (2) and shots on goals (2) and keeper Natalie Juarez came up with six saves in 90 minutes of play. Oregon and Arizona each attempted four corner kicks and also tied in fouls (13). Two days later on Sunday, Oregon held No. 20 Arizona State scoreless in the first half, before falling 2-1. The Sun Devils broke the 0-0 tie at 49:51 when Manya Makoski arced a 17-yarder from left center, on a 10-yard pass from Elizabeth Bogus. Seven minutes later Bogus scored the visitors' final goal at 56:52 on a 20-yard sprint up the left central midfield, with the run started by a pass from Makoski near midfield. Duck freshman defender Katie Abrahamson rallied Oregon late, heading in her first career goal at 81:24 from five yards out, on an assist by sophomore midfielder Christine Mintz - first for the Ducks and second career-wise after tallying one last year for UConn. Overall for the Ducks, five players took shots (Abrahamson, freshman Cristan Higa, sophomore Kelly Baird, freshman Mele French, and Peters). Players logging attempts on goal included Abrahamson, French and Peters, who opened the second half by drilling a 40-yarder from the central midfield circle into the keeper's arms just in front of the ASU goal. Arizona State ended the afternoon with 12 shots (with four each by Bogus, Makoski and Brittany Cooper). In net, Duck senior Sarah Peters posted five saves in 90:00 of work. Oregon held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks and both teams were whistled for nine fouls.

    SUDDEN IMPACT
    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 six freshmen (# of matches in ()) -- forwards Mele French (3) and Valerie Mayer (5), midfielders Cristan Higa (15), Caitlin Gamble (1) and Carlie Ashcraft (12), and defender Jessica Fetzer (10) -- and sophomore Christine Mintz (15).

    STARTING STREAKS
    Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters has started 35 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 33 straight, as all three have started every match last season (18) and this year (15).


    2002 Conference Comparison

    SHOTS- G- No. Avg.2t. UCLA- 15- 276- 18.406. USC- 16- 216- 13.5010. Oregon- 15- 133- 8.87

    GOALS- G- No. Avg.1. UCLA- 15- 40- 2.679. USC- 16- 16- 1.0010. Oregon- 15- 13- 0.87

    ASSISTS- G- No. Avg.5t. UCLA- 15- 29- 1.719. Oregon- 15- 11- 0.7310. USC- 16- 10- 0.62

    SAVES- G- No. Avg.3. Oregon- 15- 88- 5.875. USC- 16- 73- 4.5610. UCLA- 15- 28- 1.87

    GOALS ALLOWED- G- No. Avg.2. UCLA- 15- 10- 0.674. USC- 16- 14- 0.8810. Oregon- 15- 34- 2.27

    SHUTOUTS- G- No. Avg.1. UCLA- 15- 9- 0.603. USC- 16- 7- 0.4410. Oregon- 15- 0- 0.00



    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).

    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 in September 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.).

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

    INJURY REPORT
    The squad lost three players in the first month of the season with one, sophomore forward Nicole Garbin, likely out for the season with an left knee ACL tear from late August in the team's exhibition trip to Florida. 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
    In her first year as an 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.

    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.




    Duck Soccer Information

    Head Coach:  Bill Steffen (SUNY-Albany '82)Career and UO Record (Yrs):  37-80-11 (seventh year)Pac-10 Record:  14-39-5E-mail:  steffen@oregon.uoregon.eduAssistant Coach:  Keri Sanchez, seventh year (North Carolina '94)E-mail:  raygor23@oregon.uoregon.eduAssistant Coach:  Jon Kiester, second 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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    This Week's Pac-10 Preview


    2002 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER STANDINGS
    (through games as of Oct. 27, 2002)

    Conf., OverallStanford--6-0-0, 15-1-0UCLA--4-1-0, 12-3-0Washington--3-1-1, 8-5-3Arizona State--3-2-0, 10-3-2USC--3-2-0, 8-5-3Washington State--2-1-2, 8-5-2California--2-4-0, 9-6-1Oregon--1-4-1, 2-11-2Oregon State--1-5-0, 8-7-2Arizona--0-5-0, 5-9-1



    SIX TEAMS ALIVE IN HUNT FOR SHARE OF PAC-10 TITLE

    Teams continue to jockey for position in the final two weekends of regular-season play, however, STANFORD (15-1-0 overall) sits in the driver's seat with a perfect 6-0-0 Pac-10 record... The Cardinal needs to win two of its last three matches to clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title and the league's automatic NCAA berth... Mathematically speaking, six of the league's teams still have a shot at a share of the Conference title, with the Cardinal, Bruins, Huskies, Sun Devils, Trojans and Cougars alive and in the mix... This week's rivalry match features Stanford at the NR/No. 18 CALIFORNIA Golden Bears... NR/No. 20 WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE travel to ARIZONA and No. 24/No. 17 ARIZONA STATE, while No. 6/No. 4 UCLA and No. 16/No. 13 USC host the Oregon schools.



    THIS WEEK'S PAC-10 SCHEDULE

    Fri., Nov. 1WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.OREGON at UCLA, 11 a.m.OREGON STATE at USC, 2 p.m.

    Sat., Nov. 2STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.

    Sun., Nov. 3WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA, NoonWASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 11 a.m.OREGON at USC, 1 p.m.OREGON STATE at UCLA, 1 p.m.

    All times are local to site.

    LAST WEEK'S PAC-10 RESULTS

    Fri., Oct. 25OREGON 3, ARIZONA 2ARIZONA STATE 1, OREGON STATE 0WASHINGTON 2, CALIFORNIA 1STANFORD 1,WASHINGTON STATE 0

    Sun., Oct. 27OREGON STATE 5, ARIZONA 0ARIZONA STATE 2, OREGON 1WASHINGTON STATE 2, CALIFORNIA 0STANFORD 1, WASHINGTON 0UCLA 2, USC 0



    2002 NCAA SELECTION SHOW
    Mon. Nov. 11 * 1:30 p.m. PT * ESPNEWS
    Brackets available at www.ncaasports.com

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