Women's Soccer Plays Host to Fourth-Ranked Portland Wednesday

Oct. 2, 2001

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Oregon (5-1-1, 0-0-0 Pac-10), off to its best start in school history, hopes to continue its success Wednesday against No. 4-ranked Portland (7-1-0, 0-0-0 WCC) at Pape' Field. The match begins at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Oregon then plays host to Portland State (0-8-1, 0-0-0 Big Sky) at 1 p.m. The Ducks have won a school-record four matches in a row.

Bill Steffen is in his sixth year as the Ducks' coach and has directed Oregon since the program's inaugural season in 1996. He has a 32-62-8 record in six years. In 1999, the Ducks finished with a 7-11-1 mark-the best record in school history.

The Pilots lead the series 3-0, including last year's 3-0 win at Portland. In that match, the Ducks managed just three shots against a strong Portland defense. The Pilots found the back of the Oregon net in the eighth minute with a goal from Emily Patterson. Oregon goalie Sarah Peters kept Portland in check for the remainder of the half and finished the game with six saves. Ann Westermark came off the bench to record a pair of shots, including Oregon's best scoring chance late in the game, but Pilot goalkeeper Cheryl Loveless recorded her only save of the match to preserve the shutout.

The series stands at 1-1-1, but the teams haven't played since 1998. The Vikings won the first meeting at home, 1-0, in 1996. The Ducks returned the favor the following year, winning 1-0 at Eugene. The third match between the schools resulted in a 1-1 tie.

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