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 Ducks then picked up a 2-1 win over South Florida as Oregon sophomores Arlene Tuttle and Becca Burnham each scored a goal.

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.'

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