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Ducks Look to Continue Winning Streak
Release Date: 09/04/2014
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Oregon (3-1-0) will begin the second part of a four-match homestand this weekend at Papé Field when they welcome Eastern Michigan (2-2-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Cal State Fullerton (0-3-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Friday night's match also marks the beginning of alumni weekend at Oregon. Past Oregon soccer players will be recognized at halftime during tomorrow's match

Eastern Michigan opened their 2014 campaign with a pair of 2-0 wins at home against Fordham and Indiana. Last year’s MAC Offensive Player of the Year, Angela Vultaggio, netted three of the four Eagles’ goals in their season-opening homestand. Last weekend, the Eagles fell to Michigan State, 0-3, and No. 10 Texas Tech, 1-2 in overtime. Eastern Michigan produced 24 shots in their two losses, with the lone goal coming from Vultaggio.

Friday evening’s match will mark the first meeting between the two teams.

Cal State Fullerton tied with BYU, 1-1, in their first match of the season, but the Titans proceeded to drop their next three matches in a row. Two days after the tie against BYU they weathered their only shutout loss of the season to Michigan State, 1-0. The following weekend the Titans lost in double overtime, 2-1, to Denver and Georgia, 2-1, in overtime. Three of Cal State Fullerton’s four matches have gone to overtime.

The Titans hold a 1-0-0 series’ advantage with the lone meeting coming in 2003.

Oregon opened the home-match portion of their schedule this weekend with two wins over Saint Mary’s, 2-0, and Loyola Marymount, 1-0. Riley Smith and Lilly Archer both notched their first goals of the season; the two goals came within two minutes of each other (61’, 62’). The Ducks kept the momentum rolling the following match when Kristen Parr converted a corner from Archer in the 84th minute to give Oregon a 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount. Abby Steele was rock-solid in both appearances, recording four saves over Saint Mary’s and five against Loyola Marymount.

Steele catapulted herself into third place on the career saves list this past weekend when she recorded nine saves and increased her career saves number to 257. The senior made four saves against Saint Mary’s on Friday and five against Loyola Marymount in the Sunday match. To reach second, Steele will have to catch Sarah Peters and her 334 career saves that she accumulated from 1999-2002.

With two shutouts against Saint Mary’s (2-0) and Loyola Marymount (1-0), Steele finds herself tied with Jessie Chatfield for first place on Oregon’s career shutouts list. Chatfield and Steele both have 16 career shutouts. Steele will be tasked with protecting the net against an Eastern Michigan team that averages 1.25 goals a match, and a Cal State Fullerton team that enters the weekend averaging 0.8.

The Ducks’ two wins at home this weekend marks the first time since 2011 that the program has swept a pair of weekend matches. If the Ducks were to win against Eastern Michigan, the potential four-match winning streak would tie for the longest since 2011.

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