Soccer Faces Bay Area Challenge
Oregon leaves the Pacific Northwest for the final time this season when the Ducks visit California on Friday (7 p.m.) and Stanford Sunday (1 p.m.). The Stanford match is a nonconference game.
WHAT TO WATCH
• 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. 33 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings.
• In their last meeting on Feb. 26, Oregon defeated Stanford for the first time in 24 tries. The third-ranked Cardinal were the highest-ranked team the Ducks have defeated since knocking off No. 3 UCLA 2-1 in overtime in 2006.
• Ally Cook is tied for the Pac-12 lead with three game-winning goals. She is tied for ninth nationally in game-winners. Her decisive scores have come Feb. 7 season Gonzaga, Feb. 26 versus No. 3 Stanford and March 19 at Oregon State.
• Just a freshman, Leah Freeman has entered the UO record book in career saves, wins and shutouts. Against Gonzaga, she became the first UO freshman goalkeeper to win a season opener since Jessie Chatfield in 2005.
• 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.
A WIN FOR THE RECORD BOOK
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. Prior to this season's match Oregon was 0-22-1 all-time versus Stanford.
DUCKS MOVE INTO THE RANKINGS FOR THE FIRST TIME
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.
COOK IN THE KITCHEN
Sophomore Ally Cook is tied for first in the Pac-12 lead in game-winning goals with three, which is tied for ninth nationally. This season she scored game-winning goals against Gonzaga (Feb. 7), Stanford (Feb. 26) and Oregon State (March 19).
COOK, HASENAUER CLIMB CAREER LISTS
Zoe Hasenauer and Ally Cook are moving up on the UO career records lists. Cook is now tied for seventh in career game-winning goals with five. Hasenauer ranks tied for eighth in UO career assists (10) and is ninth in shots (105).
FRESHMAN FREEMAN ENTERS CAREER TOP 10?
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 nine games, Freeman has 29 saves and three shutouts - both of which rank in the UO career top 10. She is tied for seventh in career shutouts (3) and is 10th in both shots (29) and wins (4). 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 nine games in goal.
WORMDAHL GETS ON THE BOARD
Jordan Wormdahl, who led Oregon with seven goals in 2019, collected her first career game-winning goal in the 85th minute March 14 against Arizona. It was the first goal of the 2020-21 season for the Eugene, Ore., native and eighth of her career,