Sanchez Switches Coasts in WUSA Player Swap
Feb. 3, 2003
EUGENE - Recent University of Oregon assistant soccer coach and WUSA pro player Keri Sanchez was traded from Boston to her hometown Sunday to compete a busy draft day for current and former Ducks.
Sanchez, who wrapped up her second pro season with the Boston Breakers last summer, returned to the Ducks in the fall of 2001 for her seventh and final season as an assistant coach. The move returns her to her hometown of San Jose.
The Santa Teresa High School product and former team captain for the University of North Carolina was taken 12th overall in the 2001 inaugural draft by Boston, and her first season accounted for three goals, one assist and 1,829 minutes (second-most on the team behind Kristine Lilly). During the recent season in the summer of 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 earned a spot on the U.S. National Team after also earning a spot on the 1995 squad.
Among current Ducks, senior Sarah Peters was taken in the fourth round of the WUSA player draft with the 28th pick by the San Jose CyberRays. The Woodinville, Wash., native was the fifth keeper taken in the draft and the fifth of six picks selected from the Pac-10 in the four-round, 32-pick draft. The Ducks' starting goalkeeper the past three seasons ranks second all-time career-wise in school history among goalkeepers in saves (337), shutouts (3), and minutes (4,809).
Another recent Duck player, Chalise Baysa, was invited to team tryouts by three teams - Atlanta, San Jose, and Washington. A senior forward for the Ducks in the fall of 2001, she still stands as the program's all-time career leader in goals (31), shots (168) and points (53). More recently, the Oak Harbor, Wash., native spent the 2002-03 season finishing her academic coursework and also served as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Oregon squad.
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