2002 Duck Soccer Season Wrap-Up

Nov. 12, 2002

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2002 Duck Soccer Season Recap

  • Final Record: 2-14-2 (Pac-10: 1-7-1)
  • Goalkeeper Sarah Peters led Pac-10 in saves per average (5.50 avg.).
  • Mele French team's top offensive newcomer (2 goals, 1 assist, 21 shots, 6 SOG)
  • Team faces toughest schedule arguably ever (2 #1s, 12 top-25s)
  • Offense carries on without eight of top nine scorers from last year.
  • Ducks play first-ever night game at home at Pape' Field.
  • Head Coach Bill Steffen wrap ups seventh season at helm of Ducks.
  • Pac-10 sends six teams to NCAA Tournament - its second-highest ever.

    The Ducks braved arguably their toughest schedule in history without eight of their top nine scorers from last season, including sophomore Nicole Garbin, and came away with a 2-14-2 record. Heading into the postseason, the Conference of Champions again staked claim as the nation's toughest soccer conference with seven teams top-25-ranked at some point the last two weeks of the regular season (including No. 1 Stanford and No. 4 UCLA), 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, 102 saves, 37 GA) faced 235 shots in 18 matches, and ranked first in the conference in saves (5.50 avg.) and second in total saves (102). In an offensive quirk, Peters stood as the team's second-leading returning scorer from 2002, at least among healthy returnees, thanks to her two assists. In the 2002 season finale vs. Oregon State, junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell scored on her second penalty kick in as many tries, after going top shelf a month earlier vs. No. 19 Washington at home. Sophomore Arlene Tuttle sparked the Ducks to a come-from-behind the previous homestand vs. Arizona with her first two career goals in the second half and ended '02 tied for the team lead in goals (2), and second in shots on goal (7-tied). Against Arizona State, freshman Katie Abrahamson followed with her first career goal, a header from five yards out at 81:24 in a 2-1 loss. 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 paced the team in goals (2-tied), shots (21-tied), and stood 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. Ashcraft ended the year tied for the team lead in shots (21) and shots on goal (8). 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 led the team in goals (2-tied), assists (2-tied), points (6), and stood 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 that night on the game-winner. The defender corps featured the other pair of captains, seniors Lindsey Peterson and Robi Thayer.

    Bill Steffen ended 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 37-83-11 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 2001, 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), Exhibition-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, were sighted in the top 25 since then, and Oregon State received votes at one point early in the season.

    EUGENE, Ore. - In the seventh edition of the annual Civil War, Oregon fell 2-1 to rival Oregon State to close both teams' seasons, leaving the Ducks with a 4-2-1 all-time record in the series sponsored by Northwest Area Dodge Dealers. Facing a steady drizzle and 47 degree temperatures, Oregon State (9-9-2, 2-7-0) built a 2-0 first-period lead, then held on late as Oregon reassumed its offensive momentum on a penalty kick goal by junior midfielder Lindsey Werdell at 64:51. The Eugene native drilled a low line drive slightly left center - her second conversion in as many tries in '02 after converting three weeks before at home vs. Washington. In the first period, Oregon State opened scoring at 28:50 when forward Katie Henderson chested in a goal from five yards center. The visitors added the game winner 14 minutes later at 42:49 when forward Tessa Baker made a long sprint up the center vein of the defense, then managed a slightly left diagonal attempt from 17 yards out central, skidding the ball into the left 1/3 of the goal. The Ducks played the finale without their season goal and shot leader, freshman Mele French, who missed the game after suffering a hamstring injury the previous weekend near the end of the USC contest. In her absence, Werdell and freshman midfielder Cristan Higa tied for the Oregon team lead in shots on goal (2) and shots (2), while OSU's Stacy Mescher led the visitors' shots column (3), and tied with teammate Courtney Carter for tops in shots on goal (2). OSU keeper Jo Fletcher wrapped up three saves in 90:00 of play. Lost in the final statistics was another strong effort by senior keeper Sarah Peters who denied several aggressive chances by the Beavers, especially in the second half, to keep matters close. The co-captain and Woodinville, Wash., native made her 53rd career start, including her 38th straight going back to last year. In her career, she played 4,854 out of a possible 5,141 minutes the past three seasons as the Ducks' starter in net, and her five saves vs. OSU upped her final total to 337. She came into the weekend as the Pac-10 leader in saves per game with a 5.71 mark and also led the league last season. Also wrapping up their careers for the Ducks were four other senior starters - co-captains and defenders Robi Thayer and Lindsey Peterson, and forwards Sarah Denner and Amanda Orand. Orand led the team in points this season (6), and ended the season tied with Denner, French, Werdell and sophomore Arlene Tuttle for the team lead in goals (2). Thayer started 17 games this season and 13 last year, while Peterson ended her season Friday with her 51st start in the past 53 games, including her 36th straight Friday. Denner, Orand, Peterson and Thayer were also nominees to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team with +3.0 cumulative GPAs.

    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 for Snohomish HS, the 1997 state champs. Sophomore Domenique Lainez began the year second on the Ducks' depth chart, but missed the season because of a serious ankle injury from early September.

    The Ducks featured 13 newcomers on their roster this year, including 10 freshmen, one sophomore transfer, and two juniors. Among the additions, sophomore midfielder Christine Mintz arrived 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 (18), Caitlin Gamble (1) and Carlie Ashcraft (15), and defender Jessica Fetzer (10) -- and sophomore Christine Mintz (18).

    Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters ended her career with 38 straight starts 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 were next in line at 36 straight, as all three started every match last season (18) and this year (18).

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

    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 hosted four other Friday night games in 2002 and were rewarded with their second-highest ever attendance against Washington (11/11, 1,139). Other evening home contests included tilts vs. Portland State (10/4, 451), Arizona (10/25, 369) and Oregon State (11/8, 459). Among the Ducks' four Sunday matches, a capacity record of 1,588 fans witnessed a 3-0 victory by then-No. 1 North Carolina (9/29).

    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 in 2001 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. In 2001, 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 redshirted this season. Freshman midfielder Cassidy Kolb began the year on injured reserve and also redshirted while 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' had two matches televised in 2002, at then-No. 5 Portland by Action Sports Cable Network, and at then.-No. 13 Florida State by Florida's Sunshine Network.

    College Soccer Websites


  • Oregon - www.goducks.com
  • Pac-10 - www.pac-10.org
  • NCAA - www.ncaa.org
  • NCAA Tournament - www.ncaachampionships.com
  • NCAA host - www.texassports.com


  • NSCAA - www.nscaa.com
  • Soccer America - www.socceramerica.com
  • Soccer Buzz - www.soccerbuzz.com
  • Soccer Times - www.soccertimes.com

    Local Newspapers

  • Register Guard - www.registerguard.com
  • Daily Emerald - www.dailyemerald.com
  • Oregonian - www.oregonlive.com


  • WUSA - www.wusa.com
  • U.S. Soccer - www.ussoccer.com
  • FIFA - www.fifa.com
  • Olympics - www.olympic-usa.org
  • World Cup - www.2002wcwh.com.au

    Duck Soccer Information

    Head Coach - Bill Steffen (SUNY-Albany '82)Career and UO Record (Yrs) - 37-83-11 (seventh year)Pac-10 Record - 14-42-5E-mail - steffen@oregon.uoregon.eduAssistant Coach - Keri Sanchez, seventh year (North Carolina '94)E-mail - raygor23@oregon.uoregon.eduAssistant Coach - Jon Kiester, second year (Hawai`i Pacific '94)E-mail - jkiester@oregon.uoregon.eduField (Capacity) - Pape' Field (1,000)2002 Record - 2-14-22002 Conference Record (Finish) - 1-7-1 (9th)Starters Returning in 2002 / Lost after 2001 - 5/6Letterwinners Returning in 2002 / Lost after 2001 - 15/72002 Newcomers - 13

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