UO has only faced the Tigers once and came away with a 2-0 victory in 2005. This will be the first time the Ducks have played the Illini, but they are coming off a 3-2 win over Colorado. LSU is coming off a 2-1 win over Rice.
Illinois is the second ranked opponent that the Green and Yellow have competed against thus far on the season as they played #16 Santa Clara into a scoreless draw in the tournament finale of the UO Nike Tournament this past weekend in Eugene. The backline of the Ducks played a huge role in securing the draw. While Oregon had its chances to get on the board, they were unsuccessful.
The Ducks gave up 15 corner kicks to the Broncos in the match, the most that has been given up since North Carolina took 15 against UO on Sept. 10, 2000. With the draw, it was the ninth time that Oregon and an opponent have gone scoreless. The last time it occurred was last season against SMU.
In their opening match against New Hampshire, Oregon took care of the Wildcats, 3-0 on Friday night. The Ducks got goals from Julie Armstrong off a cross from Mo Fitzgerald, Maddy Mercier on a missed shot by Riley Smith and on a penalty kick by Scout Libke that UO was granted after Shanelle Simien was knocked off her feet in the box.
On the PK, Libke became the 10th Duck to nail a PK. It is a feat that has only been recorded 17 times in UO program history.
Oregon has put a dent in the streak portion of the UO record book early in the season. The Ducks have marched into sixth on the win streaks list. The four wins is the most compiled in a row since Sept. 9, 2006-Sept. 17, 2006. The unbeaten streak of five last stayed intact Nov. 3, 2006 through Sept. 7, 2007.
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 street from Oct. 7, 2007 through Nov. 9, 2007.
ARMSTRONG ON FIRE
In each of Oregon's four games where they have netted a goal, Julie Armstrong has had her feet on the play in some fashion. Heading into this weekend's matches, Armstrong has acquired three goals and two assist.
SHUTTING IT DOWN
Lindsay Parlee and Abby Steele have combined to shutout all five of Oregon's opponents thus far on the season. Steele is actually the only goalkeeper to earn a 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.
Fans wishing to follow the Ducks in Baton Rouge can log onto LSUSports.net and go to the tournament central page. Information on each team participating, as well as live stats and photos will be available.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
Following the LSU Tournament, the Ducks continue their stand away from Pape' Field by heading to Oregon State to play UC Davis and Florida International on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively. UO takes on the Aggies at 4:30 p.m. and the Golden Panthers at 11 a.m.
MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS FOR UPCOMING HOME MATCHES
When the Ducks return to Pape' Field on Friday, Sept. 23 to face Utah in its inaugural Pac-12 opener, 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.