Soccer Welcomes Desert Schools

Oct. 23, 2002

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  • Fri., Oct. 25 - Arizona - Eugene, Ore. (Pape' Field) - 7 p.m.
  • Sun., Oct. 27 - No. 20 Arizona State - Eugene, Ore. (Pape' Field) - 1 p.m.

    Tickets: Single Game: $4 Adult, $3 Kids. (541) 346-4461 or 1-800-WEB-FOOT.

    Promotions: Ticket stubs from the USC home football game (10/26, the day before) are good for admission to the Sunday ASU soccer match, too.

    The Ducks return home to the friendly confines of Pape' Field, and sport the league's second-highest home attendance average (6 games, 4,667, 778 avg.) behind Washington (4 games, 4,174, 1,044 avg.). Both of the Ducks' opponents this weekend have sub-.500 records in Pac-10 play (ASU 1-2-0, Arizona 0-3-0). The Ducks were 1-1 against each of the past two years against the desert schools - on the road in 2001 (ASU-W, 3-2 (OT), UA-L, 2-1) and at home in 2000 (UA-W, 2-0; ASU-L, 2-1). This weekend's slate features Oregon's 10th top-25 opponent this season. Things won't get any easier the remaining two weekends since the Pac-10 boasts five NCAA veterans from last year, and two others that made the postseason in 2000. Last weekend on the road, the Ducks fell 2-0 to then-No. 11 California, and 3-0 to No. 1 Stanford, their second top-ranked opponent this year.

    Senior captain Sarah Peters (2.14 GAA, 74 saves, 28 GA) returns for her third season as a starter. In 2002, she ranks first in the conference in saves (5.69 avg.) and second in total saves (74), while last year she stood second in the league (101 total). Last weekend she had nine saves against both No. 11 Cal and No. 1 Stanford, and altogether has faced 177 shots in 13 matches. Freshman Mele French scored her second career goal vs. Washington State at home two weekends ago, after scoring earlier in the year against then-No. 23 Utah. The Mililani, Hawai'i native French paces the team in goals (2-tied), shots (20), and ranks second in points (6-tied) and shots on goal (5). The same weekend vs. No. 19 Washington, junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell rocketed in a penalty kick for her first goal of 2002 and second career-wise. In October's opener vs. Portland State, freshman midfielder Carlie Ashcraft netted her first career goal on freshman midfielder Cristan Higa's second and team-leading assist this season. Senior midfielder Amanda Orand made the most of an unexpected start in late September against Wisconsin-Green Bay with her first two career goals, and also leads the team this season in goals (2-tied), assists (2-tied), points (6) and shots on goal (7) and stands third in assists (1-tie). 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.

    SERIES VS. ARIZONA (3-1-1) & ARIZONA STATE (2-3-1)
    The Ducks are 2-0-0 at home all-time against Arizona (1998, W 4-2; 2000, W 2-0), and are 1-1-1 in Tucson (2001, L 2-1; 1999, T 1-1; 1997, W 2-1). Against the Sun Devils, the Ducks are 1-1-1 at home (2000, L 2-1; 1998, W 1-0; 1996, T 1-1 OT), and are 1-2-0 in Tempe (2001, W 3-2 (OT); 1999, L 2-1; 1997, L - 2-0). Starters against both from last year include goalkeeper Sarah Peters, midfielder Lindsey Werdell, and defenders Robi Thayer and Lindsey Peterson. Peters notched an assist on the team's only goal vs. ASU by Chalise Baysa, and allowed a pair of goals against both teams last year (ASU 90 min., 10 saves; UA 90 min., 3 saves). Peters also started against both in 2000 (ASU 90 min., 6 saves, 2 goals; UA 72 min., 6 saves, 0 GA) as did Peterson.

    In 2002, the Wildcats (5-7-1, 0-3-0) have fallen to a handful of teams sighted in the national polls, including at Oklahoma (9/15, 2-0), and last weekend at home vs. then-No. 7 UCLA (1-0) and to then-No. 19 USC (2-1, OT) Sunday. Offensively, Kelly Nelson leads the team in goals (10), and other offensive threats include freshman Lisa Kosena (4 goals, 4 assists, 17 shots), freshman forward Maggie MacCool (5 goals, 1 assist, 7 shots), freshman midfielder Mallory Miller (2 goals, 3 assists, 36 shots) and freshman midfielder Erinn Clewett (1 goal, 4 assists, 11 shots). Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Martin (10 games, 11 goals allowed, 1.29 GAA, 55 saves, 2 shutouts) has split time with redshirt frosh Natalie Juarez, with Juarez starting last week vs. the LA schools (8 games total, 8 goals allowed, 1.70 GAA, 34 saves). Third-year head coach Cathy Klein led the Wildcats to a program-high conference win total last year (2), and the 2001 squad set or tied 23 school records, including most goals in a season (30), most assists in a season (20), most total points (80) and most corner kicks (87). A head coach previously at Iowa State and Creighton, she guided both programs to top-25 rankings, and was named the Big 12 Co-Conference Coach of the Year in 1997.

    Last weekend, the Sun Devils (8-3-2, 1-2-0) were shut out for the first time in 23 matches, falling 3-0 to then-No. 7 UCLA last Sunday after a 2-1 double-overtime loss to then-No. 19 USC Friday - also snapping a seven-game win streak. Among other games against national-caliber opponents, they tied then-No. 25 Pepperdine (8/30, 1-1 2OT) in the season opener, and later won at Georgia (9/27, 2-0) who has received votes in the national poll. Freshman forward Elizabeth Bogus leads the team offensively (7 goals, 2 assists, 45 shots), followed by freshman midfielder Brittany Cooper (4 goals, 4 assists, 20 shots), freshman midfielder Manya Makoski (3 goals, 5 assists, 36 shots) and junior defender Amy LePeilbet (2 goals, 1 assist, 7 shots). Last weekend, sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald made 10 saves against the Trojans, and sports a 0.88 GAA with 66 saves and four shutouts. Second-year head coach Ray Leone led ASU to fifth place in the Pac-10 last year (10-8-1, 4-4-1), and the Sun Devils have been top-25 ranked in 2001 and '02. In his prior stint at Clemson, he was named 2000 ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to the conference regular season title (19-3-1 overall and No. 5 ranking nationally), and altogether his squads made three NCAA Elite 8 appearances (1997, '99, '00) among their seven NCAA trips in his seven years in Clemson.

    2002 Duck/Sun Devil/Wildcat Comparison

    SHOTS - G - No. - Avg.7. Arizona - 13 - 187 - 14.388. Arizona State - 13 - 176 - 13.5410. Oregon - 13 - 117 - 9.00

    GOALS - G - No. - Avg.3t. Arizona - 13 - 30 - 2.318. Arizona State - 13 - 22 - 1.6910. Oregon - 13 - 9 - 0.69

    ASSISTS - G - No. - Avg.4. Arizona - 13 - 27 - 2.088. Arizona State - 13 - 18 - 1.3810. Oregon - 13 - 7 - 0.54

    SAVES - G - No. - Avg.1. Arizona - 13 - 94 - 7.233. Oregon - 13 - 79 - 6.084. Arizona State - 13 - 68 - 5.23

    GOALS ALLOWED - G - No. - Avg.3t. Arizona State - 13 - 12 - 0.928. Arizona - 13 - 19 - 1.4610. Oregon - 13 - 30 - 2.31

    SHUTOUTS - G - No. - Avg.4t. Arizona State - 13 - 5 - 0.384t. Arizona - 13 - 5 - 0.3810. Oregon - 13 - 0 - 0.00

    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 36-79-11 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/-). Two other teams, Utah and Wake Forest, have been sighted in the top 25 nationally since then, and Washington State and Oregon State received votes at various points this season.

    BERKELEY, Calif. (10/18)- In their second weekend of Pac-10 action, and first on the road, the Ducks held No. 11-ranked California scoreless for more than 3/4 of the match before falling 2-0. The two squads were knotted in a scoreless tie until 10 minutes remaining when Cal's Kassie Doubcava scored at 79:54 from 15 yards out, on a long pass by Laura Schott. The Bears scored again in the final three minutes on a 6-yard score by Schott on assists by Lucy Brining and Dania Cabello. At game's end, Cal held advantages in shots (19-6) and corner kicks (6-0), and both teams were whistled for seven fouls. Duck senior Sarah Denner and freshman Carlie Ashcraft paced Oregon offensively with two shots each, with single shots from senior Amanda Orand and freshman Mele French. Senior Sarah Peters led the Oregon defense with nine saves - her second-most this season - and Cal keeper Sani Post collected two saves. STANFORD, Calif. (10/20) - Last Sunday, the Ducks faced their second No. 1 opponent this season as Stanford came away with a 3-0 win. Marcia Wallis scored the Cardinal's first goal of the game on an assist from Marcie Ward at 25:06. The remaining scores came in the second half - reserve Leah Tapscott headed in Allyson Marquand's cross at 53:45, and Amy Grady found the net 25 yards out on a pass from Brittany Oliveira at 79:49. The Cardinal held a 25-1 shot advantage, and a 5-0 corner kick edge. Duck keeper Sarah Peters claimed nine saves for the second straight match. Sophomore defender Dara Wone claimed Oregon's lone shot, and her second of the year.

    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 (13), Caitlin Gamble (1) and Carlie Ashcraft (10), and defender Jessica Fetzer (10) -- and sophomore Christine Mintz (13).

    Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters has started 33 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 31 straight, as all three have started every match last season (18) and this year (13).

    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 in September 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 a serious 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.).

    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.

    Sophomore reserve forward Becca Burnham sprained her ankle last weekend vs. Stanford, and is out for this weekend at least. 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 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 is still on the mend, and freshman forward Andrea Valadez suffered a right knee sprain in a Florida practice (8/22) and will be 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.

    The Ducks' have had two matches televised this year, at then-No. 5 Portland by Action Sports Network, and at then.-No. 13 Florida State by Florida's Sunshine Network.

    Duck Soccer Information

  • Head Coach: Bill Steffen (SUNY-Albany '82)
  • Career and UO Record (Yrs): 36-79-11 (seventh year)
  • Pac-10 Record: 13-38-5
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  • Assistant Coach: Keri Sanchez, seventh year (North Carolina '94)
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  • Assistant Coach: Jon Kiester, second year (Hawai`i Pacific '94)
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  • Field (Capacity): Pape' Field (1,000)
  • 2001 Record: 8-8-2
  • 2001 Conference Record (Finish): 2-6-1 (7th-t)
  • Starters Returning/Lost: 5/6
  • Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 15/7
  • Newcomers: 12

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