Women's Soccer Impressive in Two Exhibition Matches in Florida
Aug. 25, 2002
BRADENTON, Fla. - The University of Oregon women's soccer team was impressive in two exhibition matches this weekend, tying national power Texas A&M, 1-1, Saturday and defeating South Florida, 2-1, Sunday.
Against Texas A&M, which finished with a No. 7 national ranking last year, Oregon freshman Carlie Ashcraft scored the match's first goal in the 60th minute to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. The Aggies responded in the 86th minute on a breakaway goal that led to the eventual tie.
'It was a good first step for us,' seventh-year coach Bill Steffen said. 'We had a chance to defeat one of the better teams in the country. All in all, we're excited about it. It's encouraging considered the youth of our team.'
The matches served as a tuneup for the Ducks' regular-season opener Friday against Wake Forest at Tallahassee, Fla., at 5 p.m. PST. Then on Sunday, Oregon will take on Florida State at 2 p.m. in a match televised on the Florida Sunshine Network.
'I'm very pleased with the progress we've made over the course of the weekend,' Steffen said. 'To come away with a win and a tie over a national and regional power, we're really happy with that. We're excited now to actually play and compete.'