Women's Soccer Closes Out Season This Week at Stanford and Cal
Oct. 31, 2000
Oregon (4-13-1, 1-5-1 Pac-10) plays its final matches of the season this week, as it hits the road to take on No. 15 Stanford (11-5, 4-3-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 8 California (15-2, 5-2-0) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Bill Steffen is in his fifth year as the Ducks' coach and has directed Oregon since the program's inaugural season in 1996. He has a 27-59-7 record in five years, including a 7-11-1 mark in 1999 -- the best ledger in the team's short history.
THE SERIES VS. STANFORD
The Cardinal lead the series 3-0, including a close 1-0 win last year at Eugene. The Ducks have been outscored 9-0 in the three meetings.
THE SERIES VS. CALIFORNIA
California has a 3-0 advantage over Oregon, which includes a 1-0 victory last season at Eugene. The Golden Bears scored in the fifth minute of the match for the only score. The Ducks outshot the Golden Bears 17-9 in that match. Oregon also lost 2-1 in overtime in 1998 and 1-0 in 1997.
No. 2 Washington at Oregon, Oct. 29
Despite outshooting No. 2-ranked Washington 20-15, Oregon lost 6-1 last Sunday afternoon at Pape' Field. Washington clinched its first Pac-10 title. The Huskies were led by Theresa Wagner's four goals -- all scored in the first 30 minutes of play. The first came in the third minute of action, as her shot from 20 yards out bounced once and slipped past Oregon goalkeeper Jeanine Norstad. Wagner also assisted on Tami Bennett's goal at the 13th minute to put the Huskies up 3-0. Dana Dibble scored Washington's last goal in the 35th minute. The Ducks got on the scoreboard on a Beth Bowler goal from 18 yards out after a short pass from Crystal David in the 67th minute. Bowler led Oregon with five shots. Goalkeeper Sarah Peters relieved Norstad in the second half and kept the Huskies scoreless along with tallying four saves.
Washington State at Oregon, Oct. 27
A late rally wasn't enough for Oregon as the Ducks dropped a 2-1 decision Friday afternoon to Washington State at Pape' Field. Washington State's Rachel Rodrick scored two goals, both of which were the result of corner kicks from Beth Childs. The first happened at the 45:51 mark of the second half and the second in the 59th minute. Oregon made a brief comeback on senior Allyssa White's goal -- a 15-yarder on a cross from Beth Bowler -- in the 79th minute. It was White's second goal this year. The Ducks put the pressure on early in the match, holding the Cougars to just three first-half shots while Oregon had eight. The second half proved to be a different story, as Washington State outshot Oregon 15-9.
Oregon's schedule features nine teams ranked in this week's NSCAA top 25, seven of which are in the top 16. In addition, five of the Ducks' ranked opponents are Pac-10 teams. Among the Ducks' non-conference opponents, only Florida State, ranked No. 16 this week, had a losing record (9-10-1) in 1999.
CHALISE IN CHARGE
With midfielder Chalise Baysa's goal at the 29th minute against Arizona on Oct. 8, she became Oregon's all-time leader in goals with 22, breaking Erin Anderson's school record of 21, set between 1996-99. Baysa also is six points shy of the single-season school record for points (19), also held by Anderson, while she is tied with Sierra Marsh (1996-99) for career game-winning goals with six. Baysa, who has a team-leading six goals, is only a junior.
Lindsey Peterson suffered a severe sprained left ankle Oct. 15 against UCLA and is listed as probable for this weekend. Sarah Peters bruised her hand against Washington State on Oct. 27, but is probable.
CRYSTAL ON THE BALL
After not participating in spring drills, Crystal David, who played at San Francisco her first two years, hasn't missed a beat. She is second on the Ducks with 11 points, scoring four goals along with collecting a team-leading three assists.
Behind Sarah Peters and Jeanine Norstad, Oregon recorded its first shutout of the season Oct. 8 against Arizona. Peters played for 72 minutes and tallied six saves while Norstad played the final 18 minutes, saving one shot attempt.
The Ducks have only three returning seniors and four total, including transfer Mary Cascio. In all, Oregon has eight new faces on the team this year, three of whom are Division I transfers. The Ducks lost 13 seniors off last season's squad.
Oregon ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in home attendance with a 527 average. Washington is first, averaging 1,211 fans while Stanford is second at 603.
STEFFEN SAYS ...
On this week's matches: 'We're facing two nationally ranked teams. We're going to continue our process of trying to develop in our last matches. We look forward to improving and being competitive in these matches.'
Oregon Records WatchCareer Points
1. Erin Anderson (1996-99) 532. Chalise Baysa (1998-) 49
Career Game-Winning Goals
1. Sierra Marsh (1996-99) 61. Chalise Baysa (1998-) 6