EUGENE, Ore.-- The University of Oregon soccer team hosts the Seattle Redhawks and Gonzaga Bulldogs at Pape’ Field this weekend. The 4-2-0 Redhawks are scheduled to face the Ducks at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14th in a nationally televised Pac-12 Network match. Oregon takes on 5-3-0 Gonzaga on Sunday, Sept. 16th at 1:00 p.m.
Seattle U went 12-6-1 in 2011 and return seven starters and 14 letterwinners for the 2012 campaign. They were chosen to finish third in the preseason Western Athletic Conference Poll. Junior Monique Escalera was also named to the WAC preseason all-conference team. Gonzaga was chosen to finish ninth in the West Coast Conference preseason poll after losing three starters off a team that went 7-10-2 overall in 2011.
The Ducks are coming off of a 1-1 tie against the Saint Mary’s Gaels and are currently 3-2-1 on the season. UO is 1-0-0 and 4-1-2 all time against Seattle U and Gonzaga, respectively.
Get your favorite freshman Ducks' autographs after the game in the Pape' Field tunnel on Friday after the Seattle game.
Sunday's game against Gonzaga is Youth Day, so all kids 12 years and under are admitted for only $1. Girl Scouts with their uniform on will also receive $1 admission. There will also be a free post game youth clinic for kids 12 years and under. To sign your children up, please visit http://www.goducks.com/quest/Questionaire.dbml?&QID=146520&DB_OEM_ID=500.
In addition, any fan that shows up to Sunday's match with their ticket stub from the Oregon Ducks football game against Tennessee Tech will also receive $1 admission.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
Pac-12 competition begins on Friday, Sept. 21st when the Colorado Buffaloes come to Eugene for a match against the Ducks at 4:00 p.m. Next, Oregon has its first and only Monday night match of the season as they face the BYU Cougars at 7:00 p.m. on the 24th. Both matches will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.
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.
The first crowd at the facility was recorded at 758 people under sunny skies and perfect 66 degree weather.
DUCKS HAVE DEPTH
A strong class of newcomers, including forward Kristen Parr who has scored four of Oregon’s goals thus far, has helped boost the team’s depth this season. “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. Freshman forward Maryn Beutler put the ball in the back of the net for UO’s only goal of the match against UC-Irvine. Goalkeeper Dana Connors will get the first start of her career against Seattle after starter Abby Steele recorded a red card in last Sunday’s match against Saint Mary’s
CAREER RECORD LIST WATCH
Senior midfielder Scout Libke is now tied at ninth place in Oregon’s all time points list after an assist against Portland State that put her at 25 points for her career.
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.)