Soccer Winds up Season With Civil War

Nov. 6, 2002

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  • This Week: Fri. (11/8) - vs. Oregon State, in Eugene (Pape' Field) - 7 p.m.

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    In their final weekend of regular season action, the Ducks and Beavers meet for their seventh edition of the soccer Civil War, sponsored by your Northwest Area Dodge dealers, with the Ducks holding a all-time 4-1-1 edge. Last weekend, the Ducks and then-No. 16 USC ended regulation in a 0-0 tie before the Trojans won 1-0 in overtime. Oregon also held then-No. 6 UCLA scoreless in the first half before the Bruins scored twice in the second half. The Conference of Champions again looms as the nation's toughest soccer conference with six teams top-25 ranked at some point the past two weeks, five squads that were NCAA veterans in 2001, and seven that were postseason qualifiers in 2000.

    In 2002, senior captain Sarah Peters (2.04 GAA, 97 saves, 35 GA) has faced 229 shots in 17 matches, and ranks first in the conference in saves (5.71 avg.) and second in total saves (97). Sophomore Arlene Tuttle sparked the Ducks to a come-from-behind win two weekends ago vs. Arizona with her first two career goals in the second half and is tied for the team lead in goals (2), and second in shots on goal (7-tied). Freshman Katie Abrahamson followed against Arizona State with her first career goal, a header from five yards out at 81:24 in a 2-1 loss. Earlier in October vs. No. 19 Washington at home, junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell rocketed in a penalty kick for her first goal of 2002 and second career-wise. Freshman Mele French scored her second career goal vs. Washington State that same weekend, 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 (21), and ranks second in points (5-tied). Freshman midfielder Carlie Ashcraft scored her first career goal in October's opener vs. Portland State on freshman midfielder Cristan Higa's second and team-leading assist. 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 stands second in shots on goal (7-tied). Senior Sarah Denner claimed the Ducks' first goal of 2002 vs. then-No. 13 Florida State, then found the net again vs. Arizona to start a three-goal rally, and later assisted on the game-winner that night. 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 left knee injury to sophomore forward Nicole Garbin in mid-August.

    The Ducks are 4-1-1 all-time vs. Oregon State after suffering their first loss last year on the road (4-1). The Ducks are 2-0-1 at home vs. the Beavers (2000 - 2-2 tie (2OT), 1998 - W 3-0, 1996 - W 2-1), and are 2-1 on the road (2001 - L 4-1, 1999 - W 4-0; 1997 - W 3-1). Duck starters from last year include goalkeeper Sarah Peters, midfielder Lindsey Werdell, and defenders Robi Thayer and Lindsey Peterson. Last year in Corvallis, Peters racked up seven saves and faced 22 shots in 90 minutes, and Peterson (2) and Thayer (1) logged shots, as did sub Amanda Orand (1). Peters also played all 120 minutes in the 2OT home affair in 2000 (11 saves, 2 goals allowed), and Peterson and Werdell made appearances as subs.

    OREGON STATE PREVIEW (8-9-2, 1-6-0)
    The Beavers are led offensively by junior midfielder Courtney Carter (8 goals - #4 in Pac-10, 3 assists, 44 shots), freshman forward Brianna Monka (7 goals, 3 assists, 32 shots), senior forward Katie Henderson (4 goals, 4 assists, 36 shots), freshman forward Stacey Mescher (4 goals, 3 assists, 42 shots) and sophomore midfielder Lindsey Beem (3 goals, 5 assists - #9 in Pac-10, 56 shots - #3(t) in Pac-10). All-time in school history Henderson ranks fourth with 54 points (20 goals, 14 assists). Senior goalkeeper Jo Fletcher has played 1729 of a total 1764 minutes this year (1.25 GAA, 24 goals allowed, a Pac-10 leading 103 saves, and 6 shutouts - #4 in Pac-10). Fifth-year head coach Steve Fennah sports a 40-51-8 record in Corvallis, and last year's team (10-8-2) posted its first winning season since 1995.

    Bill Steffen is 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 37-82-11 record in Eugene, after previously serving as a North Carolina assistant coach ('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/-). Three other teams, Utah, Wake Forest and Washington State, have been sighted in the top 25 since then, and Oregon State received votes at one point early this season.

    LOS ANGELES - In their penultimate weekend of the regular season, the Ducks pushed No. 16 USC to overtime Sunday, before the Trojans broke the deadlock in sudden death at 95:12 to win 1-0 at McAlister Field. Trojan forward Ali Fennell claimed the game winner on her eighth goal of the season, booting in a five-yarder near the right goalpost. The chance was created on a ricochet through the goalside crowd, and initiated just prior on a corner kick. At game's end, USC held slight advantages in shots (12-8) and shots on goal (6-3), while the two teams posted matching totals in corner kicks (4-4) and fouls (11-11). Duck senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters came up with another impressive effort to head the defense. Officially wrapping up five saves, she pulled in at least twice as many interceptions of goal-area lead-ins before a shot could be lodged. Offensively, freshmen Cristan Higa and Carlie Ashcraft led the Ducks in shots (2), and single shots on goal came courtesy of Higa, Ashcraft and sophomore Dara Wone. The latter attempt by the Burnaby, British Columbia native Wone was arguably the best in regulation and came near the 75th minute when she drilled a shot from 17 yards center into a half-empty goal, but was saved by a quick reaction by USC keeper Katy Boynton. The Ducks had another great opportunity in the second minute of overtime as sophomore Kelly Baird made a short run on the right edge of the box, then skipped a pass diagonally to the left post that was a yard ahead of a sliding Arlene Tuttle, five yards out from the goal. Tuttle had connected in similar fashion for the game-winner against Arizona the week before. The Trojans' leading shot taker was forward Jackie Fodor (3), and reserve Kelly Blais paced them in shots on goal (2). Two days before, the Ducks also held then-No. 6 UCLA scoreless in the first half, before eventually falling 2-0 at Drake Stadium. The Bruins scored early in the second half when Katie Rivera converted at 48:03 on an assist by Crystal James. The Bruins added an insurance score 12 minutes later at 60:33 on a score by Lindsay Greco on an assist by Rivera. Freshman midfielder Cristan Higa managed both of the Ducks' shots which came in the first half. UCLA ended with 23 shots as Lindsay Greco took a game-high six attempts. The Bruins also held advantages in corner kicks (8-1) and fouls (13-12). On defense, senior Duck goalkeeper Sarah Peters tied her season high of 10 saves - a mark she had recorded earlier in the season against then-No. 1 North Carolina.

    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 six freshmen (# of matches in ()) -- forwards Mele French (3) and Valerie Mayer (5), midfielders Cristan Higa (17), Caitlin Gamble (1) and Carlie Ashcraft (14), and defender Jessica Fetzer (10) -- and sophomore Christine Mintz (17).

    Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters has started 37 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 35 straight, as all three have started every match last season (18) and this year (17).

    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. This week against Oregon State (11/8), the Ducks will host its final of five Friday night games in 2002 (all at 7 p.m.) after others vs. Portland State (10/4), Washington (10/11) and Arizona (10/25). The schedule-makers were consistent on the Sunday side, too, with all four home matches scheduled for 1 p.m.

    In her first year as an undergraduate assistant coach, Chalise Baysa joined 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).

    In the first month of the season the squad lost three players for the season, including sophomore forward Nicole Garbin, who suffered a left knee ACL tear in the team's exhibition trip to Florida. 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 in a home practice (9/5), and freshman forward Andrea Valadez suffered a right knee sprain in a Florida practice (8/22) and will redshirt this season. Freshman midfielder Cassidy Kolb began the year on injured reserve and also redshirted this season, rehabbing after ACL surgery.

    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.

    2002 Duck-Beaver Pac-10 Stat Comparison

    SHOTS - G - No. - Avg.3. - OSU - 19 - 287 - 15.1110. - Oregon - 17 - 143 - 8.41

    GOALS - G - No. - Avg.6. - OSU - 19 - 32 - 1.6810. - Oregon - 17 - 13 - 0.76

    ASSISTS - G - No. - Avg.6. - OSU - 19 - 30 - 1.5810. - Oregon - 17 - 11 - 0.65

    SAVES - G - No. - Avg.2. - OSU - 19 - 108 - 5.683. - Oregon - 17 - 103 - 6.06

    GOALS ALLOWED - G - No. - Avg.7. - OSU - 19 - 25 - 1.3210. - Oregon - 17 - 37 - 2.18

    SHUTOUTS - G - No. - Avg.5. - OSU - 19 - 6 - 0.3210. - Oregon - 17 - 0 - 0.00

    Duck Soccer Information

    Head Coach - Bill Steffen (SUNY-Albany '82)
    Career and UO Record (Yrs) - 37-82-11 (seventh year)
    Pac-10 Record - 14-41-5
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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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