EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon soccer team looks to continue its strong start to the season as they take on Portland and Portland State on the road this weekend. The Ducks are 1-0-0 after beating the UAB Blazers 2-0 in the season opener at Pape' Field.

                Portland leads the all-time series 13-0 in the modern era, while the Ducks lead Portland State 7-3-1. The Portland Pilots come into Friday's match 1-1 after a 1-0 win over North Carolina and a 1-0 loss to Oregon State, both at home. The Portland State Vikings lost their season opener to Saint Mary's at home 2-0 and take on Oregon State on the road before facing the Ducks.

                Portland State was ranked number one in the Sky Conference's preseason poll, while Portland was selected to finish fifth in the West Coast Conference's preseason poll.

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE

                Oregon returns home for a match against UC Irvine on Friday, Aug. 31st. The Ducks then hit the road again and travel to Pacific the following Friday, before visiting Saint Mary's on Sunday, Sept. ninth.

PAPE' FIELD FIRSTS

                Freshman forward Kristen Parr  now holds the honor of scoring the first and second goals in the history of the new Pape' Field. It didn't take long to put a point up on the scoreboard, as Parr put the ball in the back of the net in the fourth minute of action off of assists by sophomore Bri Pugh and fellow freshman Mariah Powers. Freshman Maryn Beutler assisted Parr on the second goal in the 60th minute.

                Goalkeeper Abby Steele recorded all five of her saves in the first period, and the defense tightened up by not allowing a single shot in the second half.

                The first crowd at the facility was recorded at 758 people under sunny skies and perfect 66 degree weather.


DUCKS HAVE DEPTH

                In the season opener, 21 players saw action, including seven newcomers, and Oregon's depth was truly on display. "The biggest strength for us right now is strength in numbers. Before, on average I would play just under fifteen players a game and I think this year's average is going to far exceed that because of the depth we have," said head coach Tara Erickson.

CAREER RECORD LIST WATCH

                Senior midfielder Scout Libke looks to move up to ninth place on the all-time career points list as she currently stands tied at 24 points with Kristi Morris. She needs one more point to tie her with Beth Bowler at 25.

                Libke also needs to add one more goal to her current tenth place number of nine goals tie her at ninth with Kristi Morris on the all-time goals list.

2012 ROSTER BREAKDOWN

                The University of Oregon soccer team, under the direction of eighth-year head coach Tara Erickson, returns 17 letterwinners and 10 starters from a 2011 squad that finished 8-9-3 overall and 3-6-2 in Pac-12 Conference play.

RETURNING PLAYERS (20): Lauren Thompson, Nicole Bakke, Mo Fitzgerald, Kelsey Hones, Scout Libke, Maddy Mercier, Achijah Berry, Brynne Konkel, Ally Aschbacher, Kendall Brooke, Kiyomi Cook, Ryann Davie, Kelsey Foo, Bri Pugh,  Allie Rodriguez, Shanelle Simien, Riley Smith, Reilly Moore, Casey Wilhelm, Abby Steele.

PLAYERS LOST (6): Taylor Jones, Lindsay Parlee, Cody Miles, Julie Armstrong, Katie Kramer, Jessica Sunio

NEWCOMERS (10): Lilly Archer (So.), Maryn Beutler, Taylor Boyer, Dana Connors, Kristen Pass, Mariah Powers, Brooke Strawn, Kira Wagoner, Cara Wegner, Gabbie Lindeman (Jr.)


PAC-12 CONFERENCE PRE-SEASON POLL ANNOUNCED

                The University of Oregon women's soccer team was selected to finish tenth in the Pac-12 Conference pre-season women's soccer coaches poll. The Ducks, who return 17 letterwinners and ten starters, received 36 total points, putting them ahead of Colorado and Arizona.


DUCKS WELL REPRESENTED ON PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS

                Eight University of Oregon women's soccer student-athletes were named to the 2011 Pac-12 women's soccer all-academic teams. Oregon did not place anyone on the first or second team, but had their eight named to the honorable mention team.

                Those eight were seniors Taylor Jones and Cody Miles, juniors Mo Fitzgerald, Kelsey Hones, Maddy Mercier, Scout Libke and Lauren Thompson and sophomore Achijah Berry.