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Ducks Host No. 5 USC Thursday Night

Oct 12, 2021

Oregon hosts No. 5 USC Thursday at 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).

KEY STORYLINES
• The Ducks play four of their final six games in the state of Oregon, including three at home.
• Oregon's 8-1-4 record is the program's best 13-game mark in 40 years. The 1981 squad was 11-0-2 through 13 games.
• With one more win or tie, the Ducks will lock up consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1980 (13-1-3) and 1981 (13-2-3).
• Oregon has six shutouts in the last seven matches. The Ducks are the only team this season to record a shutout against UCLA; they are also the only team to have shutout Arizona State this fall.
• As a team, Oregon's eight shutouts are one off the school season record of nine, set in 1981.
• Individually, Leah Freeman leads the Pac-12 and ranks second nationally with eight shutouts. She is second in the conference in both goals against average (0.47) and save percentage (.900). Nationally, she is third in save percentage and ninth in goals against average.
• Sunday against Arizona State, Leah Freeman, the reigning Pac-12 goalkeeper of the week, set the UO individual record with her eighth shutout of the season.
• Oregon has scored 23 goals in 13 games in 2021. Contrast that to last season: 12 goals in 16 games.
• No one has played in more matches in an Oregon uniform than fifth-year seniors Chardonnay Curran (86) and Mia Palmer (82). Eden Hardy will join the 80-cap club Thursday against USC (will be tied for third).
• On Sept. 24, Oregon shutout No. 3 UCLA in a 0-0 draw in Los Angeles. It was the first time the Bruins had been shutout at home in more than three years. Leah Freeman (goalkeeper) and Chai Cortez (defender) were named Pac-12 players of the week.
• Oregon's 12-match unbeaten streak (7-0-5) ended Oct. 3 at Stanford. That is the second-longest streak in program history, behind only a 21-match unbeaten streak (17-0-4) over the course of the 1980 and 1981 seasons.
• Oregon returned all 11 starters from last season's squad that posted the Ducks' first winning record (6-5-5) since 2006 (12-6-2), including all-conference picks Zoe Hasenauer, Croix Soto and Leah Freeman. Freeman was also named to the Pac-12 all-freshman team.