Women's Soccer Travels to the Desert This Week

Oct. 16, 2001

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Oregon (6-4-1, 0-2-0 Pac-10) hits the road following six consecutive home matches. The Ducks first play at Arizona (3-7-1, 0-2-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. Arizona is 3-0-1 at home this year. On Sunday, Oregon will take on Arizona State (6-6-0, 0-2-0) at 1 p.m. The Ducks are already one win away from tying the single-season school record of seven, set in 1999.

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 33-65-8 record in six years. In 1999, the Ducks finished with a 7-11-1 mark-the best record in school history.

The Ducks lead the series with the Wildcats 3-0-1. Last year, Oregon picked up its first Pac-10 victory with a 2-0 win over Arizona at Eugene. Missing three starters due to injury, Oregon's Chalise Baysa sparked the Ducks with two scores, the first, at the 29th minute, establishing a school-record for career goals (22). Oregon also recorded its only shutout of the season. The teams tied 0-0 in 1999 at Tucson.

Arizona State leads the series 3-1-1. In the teams' last meeting, Chalise Baysa's goal in the first minute wasn't enought as the Ducks couldn't survive two Arizona State goals in the final eight minutes of the match, losing 2-1 at Pape' Field in the conference opener for both teams. The Ducks' lone win against the Sun Devils was at home in 1998 (1-0).

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