Ducks Bring Five-Match Unbeaten Streak Into the Weekend
Unbeaten in their last five matches (3-0-2), the stretch run of the season for the Ducks begins this weekend when they host Utah (Friday, 2 p.m.) and Colorado (Sunday, 11 a.m.).
WHAT TO WATCH
• The 3-2-1 record in Pac-12 play is Oregon's best six-game mark since the 2006 team stood at 4-0-2.
• Oregon entered the week at No. 45 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings. Colorado is at No. 14.
• Oregon has shutout four straight opponents. That's one shy of the program record of five consecutive shutouts in 2011.
• The Ducks established some program firsts last weekend in the Bay Area. Among those were Oregon's first win at California (1-0), holding Stanford scoreless at the Cardinal's home stadium (0-0) and going undefeated on the Bay Area trip for the first time in program history (1-0-1).
• Ally Cook is tied for the Pac-12 lead with three game-winning goals. She is tied for 14th nationally in game-winners. Her decisive scores have come Feb. 7 against Gonzaga, Feb. 26 versus No. 3 Stanford and March 19 at Oregon State.
• Freshman Leah Freeman was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday after recording shutouts against both California (1-0) and Stanford (0-0). She made seven saves versus Cal and a career-best nine at Stanford.
FREEMAN NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman Leah Freeman, who helped the Ducks shutout both California and Stanford over the weekend, was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday. The Berkeley, Calif., native made what was at the time a career-high seven saves in the Ducks' 1-0 win over Cal on Friday. Two days later, she raised her career high to nine saves in a 0-0 overtime tie at Stanford. Freeman is tied for the Pac-12 lead with five shutouts. She ranks third in the league in saves per game (4.09) and fifth in goals against average (0.69). The goalkeeper for the U.S. U-18 and U-16 National Teams and the No. 35 player of the 2019 class is the first Duck to win player of the week honors since Marissa Everett and Emma Eddy in 2018. Freeman is the first Oregon goalkeeper to be recognized since Abby Steele in 2013. She is also just the third Duck freshman to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week. Jessie Chatfield won goalkeeper honors as a freshman in 2005, while Chalise Baysa was an Offensive Player of the Week winner as a freshman in 1998.
BAY AREA HISTORY
Oregon's trip to the Bay Area on March 26-28 was an historic one for the program. March 26, Oregon won for the first time in Berkeley (1-0). March 28 was the first time in program history that Oregon held Stanford scoreless on its own field (0-0). It was also the first time that the Ducks have gone undefeated on the Bay Area trip.
Oregon has shutout its last four opponents, which is one match shy of the program record for consecutive shutouts, five set in 2011. It has been 396:28 since the Ducks last allowed a goal, which came in the second half against Arizona State on March 12. That is the second-longest scoreless minutes streak at Oregon. The record, 551:21, came during that 2011 stretch. Individually, Leah Freeman now holds both program records for consecutive shutouts (4) and consecutive scoreless minutes (396:28), both reached during the March 28 match at Stanford. She eclipsed Halla Hinriksdottir's scoreless minutes mark of 392:09 during the second overtime period at Stanford. During Oregon's 2011 team record streak, two goalkeepers shared time in the net, thus no individual records came from that period.
COOK IN THE KITCHEN
Sophomore Ally Cook is tied for the Pac-12 lead in game-winning goals with three, which is also tied for 14th nationally. This season, she has 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 (109).
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 11 games, Freeman has 45 saves and five shutouts - both of which rank in the UO career top 10. She is sixth in career shutouts (5) and is 10th in both saves (45) and wins (5). 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 nine keepers in program history have played more than Freeman's 11 games in goal.
FOR THE DEFENSE
The Ducks have a lot of experience on the back line. Combined the four starters have 166 career starts: seniors Mia Palmer (52) and Chardonnay Curran (60), junior Chai Cortez (28) and sophomore Croix Soto (26).
Chai Cortez scored the first goal of her career on a direct corner kick March 26 at California. Her corner went through the goalkeeper's outstretched arms and deflected off a Cal defender in to the goal.