Soccer Prepares for Conference Opener

Oct. 9, 2002

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Duck Soccer (1-7-1, 0-0-0) This Week

  • Fri., Oct. 11 - No. 19/20 Washington @ Pape' Field (Eugene) - 7 p.m.
  • Sun., Oct. 13 - Washington State @ Pape' Field (Eugene) - 1 p.m.

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    The Ducks open their conference slate at home this weekend, welcoming No. 19/20 (ST/SA) Washington to Pape' Field, Fri., Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., and Washington State, Sun., Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. This weekend's slate features the seventh top-25 opponent for the Ducks already this season. Things won't get any easier afterwards since the Pac-10 boasts five NCAA veterans from last year, and two others that made the postseason in 2000. This weekend's matches are the eighth and ninth in a nine-match stretch in the state of Oregon (including six in Eugene). Last Friday, the Ducks fell 3-1 at home to Portland State, and 3-0 Sunday at then-No. 5 Portland.

    Senior captain Sarah Peters (226 GAA, 45 saves, 20 GA) returns for her third season as a starter and has faced 124 shots already this season. Last season, she ranked second in the Pac-10 in saves (101). Freshman midfielder Carlie Ashcraft netted her first career goal vs. Portland State on the second assist this season by freshman midfielder Cristan Higa. Senior midfielder Amanda Orand made the most of an unexpected start three weekends ago against Wisconsin-Green Bay with her first two career goals and team-leading second assist, and also leads the team this season in goals (2), points (5) and shots on goal (5) and stands second in assists (1). The week before against then-No. 23 Utah in Eugene, freshman Mele French claimed her first career goal. The Mililani, Hawai'i native French paces the team in shots (17), and ranks second in points (3), goals (1) and assists (1), and third in shots on goal (4). Senior Sarah Denner claimed the Ducks' first goal of the season vs. then-No. 13 Florida State. The defender corps features the other pair of captains, seniors Lindsey Peterson and Robi Thayer. The Duck offense marches on without eight of its top nine scorers from 2001 after a season-ending knee injury to sophomore forward Nicole Garbin in mid-August.

    The Ducks scored their only tie (1-1) vs. Washington in Seattle during last season's final weekend, after home losses in 1996 (2-0), 1998 (3-2) and away losses in 1997 (3-0), and 1999 (1-0 2OT). Against the Cougars, the Ducks posted road wins last year (4-0) and in 1999 (2-1 OT), and have lost at home in 1996 (2-0), 1998 (1-0), and 2000 (2-1), and in Pullman in 1997 (3-1). Duck starters from last year include seniors Lindsey Peterson, Robi Thayer, Sarah Denner and Sarah Peters, and junior Lindsey Werdell, and Peters started against both in 2000. Stat-wise, Denner and Werdell had 2 and 1 assists, respectively, last year vs. WSU. In 2001, Peters had a school-record 15 saves vs. the Huskies and 6 vs. the Cougars, after racking up 4 and 7, respectively in 2000 at home vs. UW and WSU.

    After a brutally tough away series, No. 19/20 (ST/SA) Washington (5-4-2) is in a three-game winless stretch after losses to No. 6 Texas A&M (2-1, OT), No. 4 Portland (4-0) and a tie with No. 3 Texas (1-1). Junior forward Melissa Bennett paces the team in points (18) and assists (10), and also has 27 shots and 4 goals. Other top offensive threats include redshirt frosh Kim Taylor (5G, 1A, 34Sh), junior midfielder Jaime Carstenson (4G, 2A, 29Sh) and sophomore forward Tina Frimpong (4G, 2A, 21Sh). Senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, a three-time Pac-10 first-team honoree, was the league player of the year in '01 and heads a defense that allowed only 12 goals last season. This season she sports a 1.14 goals allowed average (GAA), has 45 saves, and one shutout and another combined whitewash. Eighth-year head coach Leslie Gallimore guided the Huskies to the Pac-10 title in '00 and second place in '01, and owns a 98-63-9 career record in Seattle.

    The Cougars (6-4-0) have lost four of their last five - at home to BYU (10/3, 3-1), at Loyola Marymount (9/29, 1-0), at No. 17 Pepperdine (2-0), and Utah (3-0) - with the lone win in that span at home against Gonzaga (9/22, 8-0). Leading scorers include junior forward Nicole Wilcox (5G, 4A, 32Sh), freshman forward Alix Rustrum (4G, 5A, 32Sh), junior midfielder Rachel Rodrick (4G, 2A, 25Sh), senior forward Katrina Stroh (4G, 1A, 16Sh) and junior midfielder Kim Morgan (3G, 3A, 17 Sh). Goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz hs started eight of nine games, owns a 0.90 GAA, 21 saves and 3 shutouts. Fifth-year head coach Dan Tobias led WSU to an NCAA tourney appearance in 2000.

    Bill Steffen continues in 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 36-76-10 record in Eugene, after previously serving as an assistant coach at North Carolina ('93-95), and helped the Tar Heels to two NCAA titles and another top-four finish.

    Head Coach Bill Steffen again put together one of the nation's toughest schedules, including 11 NCAA veterans from last year including one tourney finalist (North Carolina), another final four finisher (Portland), two more Elite Eight reps (Texas A&M and UCLA), another Sweet 16 member (Stanford), two more final 32 adversaries (Florida State and Washington) and four more initial 64 qualifiers (California, Central Florida, USC and Wake Forest). Going by the preseason polls, 10 Duck opponents in 2002 were picked among the top 25 by NSCAA, Soccer America, and/or Soccer Times. Schools included 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), Arizona State (-/22/25) and USC (-/23/-). Another team, No. 24 Utah, is among the Soccer Times top 25 - its first year ever in any rankings - after upsetting Portland and Kentucky already in '02.

    PORTLAND, Ore. - Last weekend, the Ducks dropped their final two non-conference matches of the season, 3-0, at No. 5 Portland, and 3-1, at home to Portland State. At Merlo Field Sunday, the Pilots scored first at 21:34 on a 12-yard score by Emily Patterson on an assist by Lindsey Huie, then added goals by Kristen Rogers (unassisted) at 46:40 and Christine Sinclair (assist by Erin Misaki) at 51:10. UP held advantages in shots (19-4) and corner kicks (9-0), while the Ducks were whistled for a 10-6 advantage in fouls. UO senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters finished with seven saves, compared to two for UP's starting keeper Lauren Arase. Senior forward and Eugene native Sarah Denner led the Ducks in shots (2), and tied for the team lead in shots on goal (1) with freshman forward Jessica Fetzer. Portland's win raised their record to an impressive 10-2-1 mark after starting the season 0-2. At home Friday against Portland State, the Ducks took a 1-0 lead at 29:12 on the first career goal by freshman midfielder Carlie Ashcraft, 10 yards out left center on the second assist this season by freshman midfielder Cristan Higa. However, the Vikings answered less than two minutes later at 31:55 when a corner kick by Megan Plinski rebounded off the Duck defense in front of Karly Larsen who immediately booted it in from 17 yds right center. In the second period, after nearly 20 minutes of scoreless action, the Vikings benefitted from a fluke goal by Jessica Shadle who scored on an indirect kick from 28 yards out right center that senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters had apparently wrapped up before she looked up too soon, and the ball slowly rolled out of her grasp into the goal. Portland State struck again 27 seconds later when Peters charged out from the vulnerable goal, and Carly Sawhill headed it in from 12 yards center into the left corner of the goal. At game's end, the Ducks owned advantages in shots (11-6), shots on goal (5-4) and corner kicks (6-2). Oregon's Ashcraft led both teams in shots (3) and shots on goal (2), and Larsen paced the Vikings in shots (2).

    The Ducks' match at No. 5 Portland will be rebroadcast twice this week by Action Sports Network (Wed. 10/9, 8 p.m. PT, Thu. 10/10, 9:30 a.m. PT). Go to their web site ( for a complete list of affiliates in Oregon, Washington and California. The Ducks' early season stop against Florida State was broadcast live by the Sunshine Network.

    The Ducks have 13 newcomers on their roster this year, including 10 freshmen, one sophomore transfer, and one junior walk-on. 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. Newcomers that have started matches this year include five freshmen (# of matches in ()) -- forward Mele French (3), midfielders Cristan Higa (9), Caitlin Gamble (1) and Carlie Ashcraft (6), and defender Jessica Fetzer (9) -- and sophomore Christine Mintz (9).

    Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters has started 29 straight matches for the Ducks dating back to the Stanford match in 2000 (11/3, 4-0 loss), and tops on the team. Senior co-captain and defender Lindsey Peterson and junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell are next in line at 25 straight, as all three have started every match last season (18) and this year (9).

    The Duck roster features 28 players from six states and provinces, including California (10), Washington (7), Oregon (5), Utah (3), Hawaii (2) and British Columbia (1).

    A walk-on early in fall practice, redshirt junior and discus standout Mary Etter appeared in her first game against Wisconsin-Green Bay three weekends ago as the Ducks' second-string goalkeeper. The Everett, Wash., native played 32 minutes, made one save and allowed two goals. A two-time discus All-American for the Ducks (eighth in 2000 and 2002), Etter registered 13 career shutouts on the pitch as a three-year prep letterwinner and sophomore season MVP for Snohomish HS, the 1997 state champs. Sophomore Domenique Lainez began the season second on the Ducks' depth chart, but is rehabbing an ankle injury from early September.

    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 squad lost three players in the first month of the season with one, sophomore forward Nicole Garbin, likely out for the season. Last year, the Wailuku, Hawai'i native Garbin paced the team last year in assists (5) and ranked second in goals (5) and points (15). Backup keeper Domenique Lainez suffered a serious right ankle sprain (9/5), and will miss at least 4-5 weeks, and freshman forward Andrea Valadez suffered a right knee sprain in a Florida practice (8/22) and is also out at least 4-5 weeks. Freshman midfielder Cassidy Kolb began the year on injured reserve and will likely redshirt this season, rehabbing after ACL surgery.

    Making her debut as a first-year undergraduate assistant coach, Chalise Baysa joins the staff after a heralded playing career for the Ducks. The Oak Harbor, Wash., native ended her career last fall with nine school records, including categories for goals (career, 31; season 9, game 3), shots (career 168), points (career 69), assists (game 3), game-winning goals (career 6), games played (season 20) and started (season 20). After her senior season in 2001, she won the department's Jackson Award as its top female student-athlete, and was a three-time Pac-10 second-team honoree (1998, '99, '01).

    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 posted 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.

    With the addition of lights to Pape' Field and nearby Kilkenny (Football) Practice Fields, Oregon played its first ever home night game vs. Gonzaga (9/6), a 1-0 loss to the Zags. 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 schedule-makers were consistent on the Sunday side, too, with all four home matches scheduled for 1 p.m.

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    Duck Soccer Information

    Head Coach: Bill Steffen, SUNY-Albany '82Career and UO Record (Yrs): 36-76-10 (seventh year)Pac-10 Record: 13-35-4E-mail: steffen@oregon.uoregon.eduAssistant Coach: Keri Sanchez, seventh year, North Carolina '94E-mail: raygor23@oregon.uoregon.eduAssistant Coach: Jon Kiester, second year, Hawai`i Pacific '94E-mail: jkiester@oregon.uoregon.eduField (Capacity): Pape' Field (1,000)2001 Record: 8-8-22001 Conference Record (Finish): 2-6-1 (7th-t)Starters Returning/Lost: 5/6Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 15/7Newcomers: 12


    (through games as of Oct. 6, 2002)

                      Conf., OverallStanford          0-0-0, 9-1-0UCLA              0-0-0, 8-2-0Arizona State     0-0-0, 7-1-2California        0-0-0, 7-2-1Oregon State      0-0-0, 7-2-2Washington State  0-0-0, 6-4-0USC               0-0-0, 5-3-3Arizona           0-0-0, 5-4-1Washington        0-0-0, 5-4-2Oregon            0-0-0, 1-7-1


    The UCLA BRUINS (8-2-0 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) begin defense of their 2001 Pac-10 title this weekend, when CALIFORNIA (7-2-1) and STANFORD (9-1-0) visit Westwood... This week's rivalry match features ARIZONA (5-4-1) at ARIZONA STATE (7-1-2), as the Sun Devils look to extend their six-game winning streak... WASHINGTON (5-4-2) and WASHINGTON STATE (6-4-0) travel to the Oregon schools.

    Six Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's national polls (NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America), No. 2/No. 2 Stanford, No. 12/No. 5 UCLA, No. 5/No. 7 California, NR/No. 15 USC, NR/No. 16 Arizona State and NR/No. 20 Washington.




    All times are local to site.


    Thu., Oct. 3Brigham Young 3, WASHINGTON STATE 1

    Fri., Oct. 4ARIZONA 7, Youngstown State 0CALIFORNIA 1, Wake Forest 0Portland State 3, OREGON 1OREGON STATE 5, New Mexico 2North Carolina 1, STANFORD 0UCLA 2, Santa Clara 1 (2OT)Loyola Marymount 2, USC 2 (2OT)

    Sat., Oct. 5Portland 4, WASHINGTON 0

    Sun., Oct. 6St. Louis 5, ARIZONA 1ARIZONA STATE 4, Northern Arizona 1Portland 3, OREGON 0STANFORD 3, Tulane 0UCLA 3, Loyola Marymount 2USC 1, Santa Clara 0

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