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Ducks Head North for Final Road Trip

Apr 7, 2021

Oregon heads north for its final road trip of the regular season. The Ducks will face Washington on Friday (3 p.m.) and Washington State on Sunday (1 p.m.). Both matches will be available on Pac-12 Live Stream.

• The 3-3-2 record in Pac-12 play is Oregon's best eight-game mark since the 2006 team stood at 5-1-2.
• The second-longest scoreless streak in program history came to an end in last Friday's 1-1 tie versus Utah. The Utes' second half goal ended the streak at 471:54 dating back to the March 12 Arizona State game.
• Freshman Leah Freeman, who was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week last week, broke the Ducks' individual scoreless minutes record by playing all 471:54 minutes in goal.
• Prior to the Utah match, Oregon had shutout four straight opponents. That was one shy of the program record of five (2011).
• Ally Cook is tied for the Pac-12 lead with three game-winning goals. She is tied for 22nd 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 March 29 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.

With three matches remaining in the regular season, Oregon is on pace for one of the best defensive seasons in program history. The Ducks' current goals against average, 0.720, is slightly better than the best two seasons ever recorded by Oregon - 0.808 GAA in 1980 and 0.815 GAA in 2006. The Ducks have surrendered more than one goal just once this season - a 3-0 loss to No. 3 UCLA on March 5. A lot of that can be attributed to Oregon's experience on the back line. Combined, the four starters have 174 career starts: seniors Mia Palmer (54) and Chardonnay Curran (62), junior Chai Cortez (30) and sophomore Croix Soto (28). The other part of that has been the play of freshman goalkeeper Leah Freeman. Her individual goals against average, which is the same as the team's 0.72, is lower than the current school record of .082 set by Jessie Chatfield in 2006.

Sophomore Ally Cook is tied for the Pac-12 lead in game-winning goals with three, which is also tied for 22nd nationally. This season, she has scored game-winning goals against Gonzaga (Feb. 7), Stanford (Feb. 26) and Oregon State (March 19). Cook has also played more minutes in the field (1,108) than any Duck outside of center backs Chardonnay Curran and Croix Soto who both have played every minute this season (1,250).

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 moved into eighth in career shots last week with 116. She's just three back of seventh place (Marissa Everett, 119, 2015-18) and six behind sixth place (Sierra Marsh, 122, 1996-99). Hasenauer is also tied for eighth in UO career assists (10).

A solid campaign 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 13 games, Freeman has 49 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 13 games in goal.

Freshman Leah Freeman, who helped the Ducks shutout both California and Stanford March 26-28, was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on March 29. The Berkeley, Calif., native made what was at the time a career-high seven saves in the Ducks' 1-0 win over Cal on March 26. Two days later, she raised her career high to nine saves in a 0-0 overtime tie at Stanford. Freeman is tied for the second in the Pac-12 with five shutouts. She ranks third in the league in goals against average (0.72) and fifth in saves per game (3.77). 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.