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Ducks Head North To Play Portland State

Sep 10, 2014

Oregon (4-1-1) will travel to Portland State (2-2-2) on Friday to take on the Vikings at 1 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium. The Ducks’ only match of the week will be their first road game since August 24.

Portland State began the season with a 1-0 win over Utah Valley and a 1-1 tie with Boise State. Since then, the Vikings have faced two opponents ranked in the top-25 and their last four games have been on the road.

They suffered a 0-5 loss to California on August 31, and most recently they were beat by Texas Tech, 0-1 in double overtime in Lubbock.

They are led by freshman forward Mackenzie Bean who has four points (two goals) through six matches. Four other Vikings have scored at least one goal, but the team leader in shots, Tamia Hasan (17), has yet to score a goal.

Excluding the top-25 losses to California and Texas Tech, the Vikings have outscored their opponents 6-2. Their highest point total of the year was a 3-0 victory over Colorado State on September 5.

Friday’s match will be the 14th meeting between the two teams. Last year the Ducks defeated the Vikings 3-0 in a home match at Papé Field.

The Ducks stayed at home for the second-consecutive weekend and tied with Eastern Michigan, 1-1, on Friday and defeated Cal State Fullerton, 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday.

Oregon trailed 1-0 for the majority of the game against Eastern Michigan until Marlo Sweatman converted a header off a cross from Kira Wagoner in the 75th minute to tie the match at 1-1. The Ducks would go on to outshoot the Eagles 5-0 in the two overtimes, but Oregon did not get on the board and the game ended in a draw.

On Sunday, Lilly Archer converted a penalty kick in the 15th minute off a Cal State Fullerton hand ball and helped the Ducks to a quick 1-0 lead. The Titans countered quickly when Rebecca Wilson scored a goal off an assist from Ali White. Neither team would score another goal until Brooke Strawn dove for a header in the 109th minute and got to the ball before the Cal State Fullerton keeper collided into Strawn. The ball bounced into the goal, and the Ducks rushed the field victorious, 2-1.

The Ducks have not shied away from assembling a non-conference slate that is chalked full of recent conference champions. Including the upcoming game with Portland State, Oregon will have played three-consecutive games against teams that won either their regular season or conference tournament championships last season. Eastern Michigan won the MAC regular season title, Cal State Fullerton won the Big West conference tournament and Portland State won the Big Sky regular season title last year.

Lilly Archer has been a perfect two-for-two on penalty kicks this season, and also leads the team with seven points (two goals, three assists). The senior from Portland is tied for third in the Pac-12 in assists and is tied for tenth in points.

Oregon currently sits in fourth place in the Pac-12 in total shots (94). Against Cal State Fullerton the Ducks cranked out 19 shots and almost doubled up on the Titans (10).

Bri Pugh leads the Ducks with 21 shots on the season, and also is second on the team in points with three (one goal, one assist). Pugh finished last season second on the team with six points (two goals, two assists).

The Ducks have outscored their opponents 6-1 during the second halves of games this season. They also have outshot their opponents 48-18 and earned more corners (16-7) during second halves.

Abby Steele is still within one game of moving past Jessie Chatfield for first place in school history for shutouts. The two goalkeepers are currently tied at 16. Steele will be facing a Portland State team that averages exactly one goal per match.