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Game Notes: No. 20 Oregon Visits No. 3 UCLA, USC

Mar 4, 2021

Week 4: UCLA & USC

Coming off its first-ever victory against Stanford, No. 20 Oregon will face its third consecutive ranked opponent Friday at No. 3 UCLA (5:30 p.m.). The Ducks stay in Los Angeles to face USC Sunday at 1 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).

• No. 3 Stanford was the highest-ranked team the Ducks have defeated since knocking off No. 3 UCLA 2-1 in overtime in 2006.
• Junior Zoe Hasenauer continues to move up the school career lists. With one assist against Stanford, she's now tied for eighth with 10 career assists. She also took over 10th place in career shots with 96.
• Feb. 26 against Stanford, sophomore Ally Cook scored her seventh career goal and her second of the season. Both of Cook's scores this year have been game-winners.
• Making two saves Feb. 7 versus Gonzaga, Leah Freeman became the first UO freshman goalkeeper to win a season opener since Jessie Chatfield in 2005. She had four stops Feb. 26 against Stanford - coming one second away from a clean sheet - and made a season-best five saves Feb. 28 versus California.
• Graeme Abel, the Ducks' fourth head coach in the modern era (1996-present), brings a pair of World Cup championships with him to Eugene after serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team in 2015 and 2019.

Oregon's 2-1 defeat of No. 3 Stanford on Feb. 26 not only matched the highest-ranked opponent ever defeated by the Ducks (No. 3 UCLA, 2-1 (ot), 2006), but it also was Oregon's first win over a ranked team since defeating No. 12 California (1-0) in 2013. Overall, it was the program's eighth all-time win against a ranked opponent.

Following a 2-1 win over defending NCAA champion and then-No. 3 Stanford on Friday and a tight 1-0 loss to then-No. 14 California Sunday, Oregon entered the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 for the first time in program history. The Ducks had received votes in polls during previous seasons, but had never cracked the rankings until they landed at No. 20 on Monday.

Sophomore Ally Cook is tied for the Pac-12 lead in game-winning goals with two. Her two game-winners so far in 2020-21 give her four for her career, one shy of the UO career top 10. This season she scored the game winning goal against Gonzaga (Feb. 7) and Stanford (Feb. 26).

The Ducks started an experienced back line last weekend: seniors Mia Palmer and Chardonnay Curran, junior Chai Cortez and sophomore Croix Soto. Combined, they have 141 starts for the Ducks (Curran - 53, Palmer - 46, Cortez - 23, Soto - 19).

Oregon began the 2020-21 season with a new head coach, Graeme Abel. Also new to the staff are assistant coach Rachael Doyle and volunteer assistant Thomas Osborne. New on the field are six freshmen - GK Leah Freeman, D Rosie Larsen, F Paige Alexander, M Brooke Schultz, F Callan Harrington and M Megan Rucker - and two transfers M Madeline Gravante (Florida) and F Lexi Romero (Air Force).