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Ducks Face OSU in Rare Nonconference Match

Mar 17, 2021

Game Notes: Week 6

It's rivalry week part one when Oregon visits Oregon State for a nonconference match Friday at 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).

• Oregon and Oregon State will meet in a non-conference match for the first time since 1996, which was the first season that Oregon reinstated women's soccer as a varsity sport. The Ducks played as an independent that year before joining rhe Pac-10 the following season. Oregon won that 1996 meeting, 2-1.
• At 2-2-1 in Pac-12 play, Oregon is .500 through five league matches for the first time since 2014 (also 2-2-1).
• Oregon entered the week at No. 23 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings.
• Jordan Wormdahl, whose mother Brandy lettered for the Oregon State soccer team from 1989-92, collected her first career game-winning goal in Oregon's last match, scoring in the 85th minute of the Ducks' 1-0 defeat of Arizona on Sunday.
It was her first goal of the season for the Eugene, Ore., native and eighth of her career,
• No. 3 Stanford was the highest-ranked team the Ducks have defeated since knocking off No. 3 UCLA 2-1 in overtime in 2006.
• Ally Cook ranks third in the Pac-12 and 28th nationally in game-winning goals with two. She scored the game-winners in the Feb. 7 season opener against Gonzaga and the Feb. 26 upset of No. 3 Stanford.
• Eden Hardy has attempted 12 shots through eight games. Her high for a season is 13 shots both as a junior and a sophomore.
• 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 has made a season-best five saves twice: California (2-28) and Arizona Stae (3-12).
• 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 Feb. 26 and a tight 1-0 loss to then-No. 14 California Feb. 28, 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 in the March 2 poll. The Ducks dropped out in the ensuing poll after road losses to No. 3 UCLA and USC.

A solid start in net for freshman Leah Freeman has propelled the Berkeley, Calif., native into Oregon's career top-10 in a couple of categories - more on how that happened in a moment. Through eight games, Freeman has 27 saves and two shutouts - both of which rank 10th in UO career history. How can that be? In the relatively brief, two-plus decades of the program, Oregon's starting goalkeepers have enjoyed a relatively long tenure. The average length of time for a Ducks' starter in net is 2.7 seasons. Amanda Fox (1996-99) and Abby Steele (2011-14) were four-year starters, while Sarah Peters (1999-02), Jesse Chatfield (2005-09) and Halla Hinriksdottir (2015-18) spent three seasons minding the net. In fact, only 10 keepers in program history have played more than Freeman's eight games in goal.

Senior True Dydasco found the back of the net for the first time in her career March 12 against Arizona State. The senior from Honolulu took a centering pass from Caitlin Shaw in the 42nd minute and struck a high shot that clipped the underside of the crossbar before ricocheting off the support bar at the back of the net.

Sophomore Ally Cook is third in 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).

Junior Zoe Hasenauer ranks tied for eighth in UO career assists (10) and is ninth in shots (105). She is eight points shy of joining that career list.

The Ducks have good experience on the back line. Combined they have 154 career starts: seniors Mia Palmer (49) and Chardonnay Curran (57), junior Chai Cortez (25) and sophomore Croix Soto (23).

Megan Rucker became the first freshman field player to start for the Ducks this season. She has started two matches at outside back - USC and Arizona.