Duck Soccer's Steffen and Werdell Invited to NCAA Yes Youth Clinic

Dec. 2, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Looking ahead to this weekend's NCAA Women's Soccer College Cup, University of Oregon women's soccer coach Bill Steffen and junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell will travel to Austin, Texas to take part in the NCAA-sponsored YES Youth Clinic.

The clinic will feature college coaches and players working with youth of all ages on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8-11:30 a.m., followed by an autograph session featuring players from the final two teams that will play in the collegiate finale, Sunday, Dec. 8.

The YES Youth Clinic will be held at Whitaker Fields, the recreational fields on the campus of the University of Texas. Steffen will oversee 30-minute sessions on game-related instruction of basic concepts of offensive and defensive play.

More information on YES Youth Clinics is available at their www.yesclinics.org website.

Steffen, who ended his seventh year as the Ducks' only head coach since reinstating the sport as a varsity program, also serves on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) college coaches national board.

Looking ahead to 2002, Lindsey Werdell returns for her final season as one of only three senior returnees on the squad. The Eugene native and Churchill High School graduate has a 36-game starting streak - the longest on the team after starting all 18 games in 2001 and 2002. This season she ranked top five on the team in goals (first, 2), shots on goal (first, 5), and assists (third, 1) and converted both of her penalty kicks this year against league foes Arizona and Washington.

Details on the NCAA women's soccer final four weekend can be found at the www.texassports.com and www.ncaachampionships.com websites.

Portland and Penn State match up first in Friday's first semifinal that will be televised live by ESPN 2 at 2 pm (PT), followed by a Santa Clara-North Carolina in the evening finale at 4:30 pm (PT), which will be rebroadcast Saturday (12/7) by ESPN 2 at 9 am (PT).

Sunday's championship match will be televised live by ESPN at Noon Pacific Time.

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