Soccer Opens Home Season

Sept. 3, 2002

Upcoming Duck Soccer Action

Date, Opponent, Location, Time

  • Fri., Sept. 6, Gonzaga, Eugene, Ore. (Pape' Field), 7 p.m. PT
  • Sun., Sept. 15, Utah, Eugene, Ore. (Pape' Field), 1 p.m. PT

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    Oregon (0-2-0) returns to Eugene for its first home match this season after 12 days and 4 matches in Florida (including 2 exhibitions). Friday's match also marks the Ducks' first-ever home night match thanks to the newly installed lights at Pape' Field and Kilkenny (Football) Practice Fields. Gonzaga (0-2) recently lost 2-1 to both Air Force (8/31) and Iowa State in OT (9/2), with both matches in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    The Duck offense is now without all five of its top scorers from 2001 after a knee injury to sophomore midfielder/forward Nicole Garbin on its recent Florida trip. Last year, she paced the team last year in assists (5) and ranked second in goals (5) and points (15). Stepping up in her place, senior Sarah Denner scored Oregon's first and only goal of the season vs. Florida State, and senior midfielder Amanda Orand and freshman midfielder Carlie Ashcraft lead in shots after two matches (3 each). On defense, senior captain Sarah Peters returns for her third season as the Ducks' starting goalkeeper after ranking second in the Pac-10 in saves (101) in 2001. The defender corps features a pair of captains, seniors Lindsey Peterson and Robi Thayer, and other top midfielders include junior Lindsey Werdell and sophomore Elise Minvielle.

    Sophomore forward Annie Hawkins scored her first career goal vs. Air Force, then added another vs. Iowa State. Frosh goalkeeper Ashley Haugen posted 21 saves in her first two starts after previous starter Brooke Longacre suffered a season-ending ACL injury the first week of practice. Head Coach Shannon Stiles (10-45-2) enters her fourth season in Spokane.

    The Ducks sport a 2-0-1 ledger against the Zags, with a 1-0 season opening win at home in 2001 (goal courtesy of Nicole Garbin on an assist by Sarah Peters at 85:04), and a 3-3 home tie and 1-0 win, both in 1996.

    Bill Steffen begins his seventh year as the Ducks' head coach and has directed the program since the athletic department added women's soccer in 1996. He has a 35-71-9 record in Eugene, after previously serving as an assistant coach at North Carolina ('93-95).

    Steffen will again expose the Ducks to one of the nation's toughest schedules with 10 opponents ranked top-25 in recent preseason polls by the NSCAA, Soccer America, and/or Soccer Times. Schools sighted include North Carolina (2/1/2), UCLA (3/9/5), Portland (4/2/3), Texas A&M (5/10/11), Stanford (12/7/6), California (15/14/16), Florida State (17/13/16), Washington (22/12/18), USC (-/23/-), and Arizona State (-/22/25).

    The Ducks' upcoming match at No. 4 Portland will be rebroadcast by Action Sports Network (, while the Ducks' stop against Florida State was broadcast live by the Sunshine Network.

    With the addition of lights to Pape' Field and nearby Kilkenny (Football) Practice Fields, Oregon will play its first ever home night game Friday, Sept. 6 vs. Gonzaga at 7 p.m. The Ducks will host four other Friday night games in 2002 (all at 7 p.m.) - vs. Portland State (10/4), Washington (10/11), Arizona (10/25) and Oregon State (11/8).

    The squad lost two players in early practices on its recent road trip to Florida and both to knee injuries - sophomore Nicole Garbin and freshman Andrea Valadez - and their status and availability will be determined midweek before the Gonzaga contest. Entering the season, the Ducks had four players coming back from knee injuries -- two ACL's (Valerie Mayer and Dara Wone), and two MCL's (Arlene Tuttle and Cassidy Kolb). Kolb is the only one that wasn't be ready for the start of practice and may redshirt in 2002.

    IN THE PAC-10
    Duck returnees from the 2001 Pac-10 rolls include Nicole Garbin (game-winning goals, third-tie, 0.22 avg. (5 GWG/18 games; assists per game, 10th, 0.28 avg. (5 assists/18 games), and Sarah Peters (saves, second, 101, 5.61 avg.; shutouts, seventh, 3, 0.17 avg.).

    The Duck roster is again West Coast-heavy featuring 28 players from six states and provinces, including California (10), Washington (7), Oregon (5), Utah (3), Hawaii (2) and British Columbia (1).

    The Ducks have 13 newcomers on their roster this year, including 11 freshmen, one sophomore transfer, one junior walk-on, and one senior. Among the additions, sophomore midfielder Christine Mintz arrives from UConn, and played 17 games and started seven for last year's NCAA Sweet 16 finalists.

    Redshirt junior Mary Etter joined the Duck soccer squad this fall as an emergency third-string goalkeeper. A two-time discus All-American (eighth in 2000 and 2002), she registered 13 career shutouts on the pitch as a three-year prep letterwinner and sophomore season MVP for Snohomish HS in Everett, Wash., the 1997 state champs that season. Etter also lettered four years in basketball.

    For the second straight season in 2002, seventh-year assistant coach Keri Sanchez starred in the backfield for the Boston Breakers of the WUSA (Women's United Soccer Association). In 2002, she had nearly twice as many shots (11) as any other defender on the team, started 13 games and played in a total of 16 contests. The previous year in 2001, she also played on the U.S. National Team.

    Check out these web sites for more internet soccer news from around the country and world.

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