EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Oregon (5-3-1) opens the inaugural season of Pac-12 play on Friday night against the newest member of the league, University of Utah (4-4-1). The Ducks and Utes are set to play at 7 p.m. at Pape' Field.
While Utah has a commanding 4-1-1 record against Oregon, the Ducks will be looking to start off league competition with a strong showing. UO's only win against Utah came in the last match against the Utes during the 2008 campaign when the Ducks erased an early 2-1 deficit to come back and win 3-2.
Friday's match will be the only match for the Ducks this week, but they head to UCLA next Friday (Sept. 30).
This year's match against the Utes marks the third straight year that the Ducks will have a chance to open up the conference at home instead of leaving the confides of Pape' Field, which could possibly equal success for UO as they will bring a 2-0-1 home mark into the match. Oregon has also not surrendered a goal at home.
Last weekend at the Oregon State Nike Invitational, Oregon split matches by outlasting UC Davis, 2-1, on Friday night, but fell to Florida International, 2-1, on Sunday. Julie Armstrong put her team-leading fourth goal through during Sunday's loss to give her a total of 11 points on the season. Maddy Mercier and Kelsey Hones put up goals for the Ducks on Friday.
DEFEND THE HOME TURF
UO has not disappointed fans at Pape' Field this season as their unbeaten streak there is the longest three-win stretch compiled on its home turf since Sept. 2, 2005 through Sept. 23, 2005. The Ducks more recently rattled off four straight from Oct. 7, 2007 through Nov. 9, 2007.
ARMSTRONG ON FIRE
In each of Oregon's six games where they have netted a goal, Julie Armstrong has had her feet on the play in some fashion. Heading into Friday's match, Armstrong has acquired four goals and three assists. Her three goals (all considered game winners) puts her ranked 16th in the country in that category. Only 29 other student-athletes are ranked in this particular category.
LOOKING FOR THE NET
Julie Armstrong (4) and Maddy Mercier (3) have combined to tally seven of Oregon's 11 goals on the season. When the duo have had their feet on the ball, they have created 19 shots on goal out of 29 total shots. As a team, the Ducks have only taken 39 SOGs.
SHUTTING IT DOWN
Lindsay Parlee and Abby Steele combined to shutout Oregon's first five opponents. Steele is actually the only goalkeeper to earn an individual shutout as both had been sharing time in goal until the Santa Clara match. In that match, Steele got her hands on a career-high eight saves. With their .556 shutout percentage, the duo has the Ducks ranked 32nd (out of 330) in the country and their five shutouts is second in the Pac-12.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
The Ducks head back out on the road as they will face the Bruins of UCLA on Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. in Los Angeles, Calif.
MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS
UO will be sponsoring Back to School Night. UO Faculty/Staff receive free admission to the match, while elementary schools only pay $1. In addition to Bi-Mart $2 Day, it will also be Student and Greek Night.
PARKING FOR FRIDAY'S MATCH
Fans will be directed to Entry 3 to park in the Autzen Stadium East Lot - bypassing Leo Harris Parkway completely due to different events that will be taking place in the area over the weekend. Fans that are physically not able to walk down to Pape' Field can use the free shuttle service that will drop them off at the ticket booth. A map of the parking (in .pdf form) is attached to the .pdf of the match notes.