Women's Soccer Ends Season With 2-1 Loss to Oregon State

Nov. 8, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - In the seventh edition of the annual Civil War, the University of Oregon women's soccer team fell 2-1 to rival Oregon State to close both teams' seasons. The Ducks now stand 4-2-1 in the all-time series sponsored by Northwest Area Dodge Dealers.

Facing a steady drizzle and 47 degree temperatures, Oregon State (9-9-2, 2-7-0) built a 2-0 first-period lead, then held on late as Oregon reassumed its offensive momentum on a penalty kick goal by junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell at 64:51. The Eugene native drilled a low line drive slightly left center for her second conversion in as many tries after connecting vs. Washington at home a month before.

In the first period, Oregon State opened scoring at 28:50 when forward Katie Henderson chested in a goal from five yards center, off an intercepted pass from Duck defender Robi Thayer who had tried to loft the ball out of the goal's entrance. The scoring run began on a long pass from central midfield and shifted direction when Duck keeper Sarah Peters raced out to try and wrap up the loose ball near the box's edge. However, an OSU striker arrived first, swung the ball seven yards to the left perimeter of the box, then crossed the ball into the heart of the goal area that included a pair of Ducks and Henderson.

OSU added the game winner 14 minutes later at 42:49 when forward Tessa Baker made a long sprint up the center vein of the defense, and crossed the midfield area just between several slanting Oregon defenders. The Ducks' Peters again sprinted out for a confrontation at the box's central edge, but Baker anticipated and managed a slightly left diagonal attempt from 17 yards out central, skidding the ball into the left 1/3 of the goal.

'We battled hard, but dug ourselves a hole by allowing a couple soft goals early,' Oregon coach Bill Steffen said, 'especially the second one which came from a lack of communication on our part. It created a very difficult situation, but the kids came back and battled hard. Carlie Ashcraft did a great job of getting us forward and into the attack, Lindsey was solid in midfield, and Sarah Denner was very active up front, just unlucky not to get more chances.'

The Ducks' defeat lowered their season record to 2-14-2 and 1-7-1 in conference as the team played Friday without eight of its nine returning scorers from last season. To make matters worse, this season's goal and shot leader, freshman Mele French, missed the game after a hamstring injury last weekend near the end of the USC contest.

In her absence, Werdell and freshman midfielder Cristan Higa tied for the Oregon team lead in shots on goal (2) and shots (2), while OSU's Stacy Mescher led the visitors' shots column (3), and tied with teammate Courtney Carter for tops in shots on goal (2). OSU keeper Jo Fletcher wrapped up three saves in 90:00 of play.

Lost in the final statistics was another strong effort by senior keeper Sarah Peters who denied several aggressive chances by the Beavers, especially in the second half, to keep matters close. The co-captain and Woodinville, Wash., native made her 53rd career start Friday, including her 38th straight going back tolast year. In her career, she has played 4,854 minutes out of a possible 5,141 minutes the past three seasons as the Ducks' starter in net, and her five saves Friday upped her final total to 337. She came into the weekend as the Pac-10 leader in saves per game with 5.71 and also led the league last season.

'As a goalkeeper, you do the best you can even though it's hard to admit that you can only do so much at times,' Peters said. 'Tonight it was really frustrating that they scored twice early, but regardless the team still looks to you to help set the tone. I'm proud of how we hung in there, and regardless of our record this year, the team fought hard all season. I'll think they're going to be great next year, with so much talent back - I wish I could stick around for another season. It's hard to believe this is my last game as a Duck. I've come so far as a person and as a player, and a lot of credit goes to my mom for being there in high school and also in college, and also God.'

Also wrapping up their careers for the Ducks were four other senior starters - co-captains and defenders Robi Thayer and Lindsey Peterson, and forwards Sarah Denner and Amanda Orand. Orand led the team in points this year (6), and ended the season tied with Denner French, Werdell and sophomore Arlene Tuttle for the team lead in goals (2). Thayer started 17 games this season and 13 last year, while Peterson ended her season Friday with her 51st start in the past 53 games, including her 36th straight Friday. This week, Denner, Orand, Peterson and Thayer were also nominees to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team with +3.0 cumulative GPAs.



BOXSCORE

Oregon State 2, Oregon 1 at Pape' Field, Eugene, Ore. OSU-Katie Henderson (-) at 28:50; OSU-Tessa Baker (-) at 42:49. UO-Lindsey Werdell at 42:49 on penalty kick (-). Shots: Oregon State 10 (Stacy Mescher 3), Oregon 8 (Cristan Higa, Werdell 2). Shots on Goal: Oregon State 7 (Courtney Carter, Mescher 2), Oregon 4 (Higa, Werdell 2). Saves: Oregon 5 (Sarah Peters 5), OSU 3 (Jo Fletcher 3). Corner Kicks: Oregon 3, Oregon State 3. Fouls: Oregon State 15, Oregon 10. Conditions: 48 degrees, drizzling, no wind. A: 459.

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