EUGENE, Ore.-- The Oregon Ducks won their first Pac-12 match of the season as they defeated the USC Trojans 1-0 in overtime at Pape’ Field. Freshman Kristen Parr scored the game-winning goal off of a rebound of a Kira Wagoner shot that bounced off the crossbar. Also falling to UCLA in a close match last weekend, the Ducks are now 6-6-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the conference.
The 7-4-2 Utah Utes will be hosting the Ducks this Friday in Salt Lake City for Oregon’s only match of the weekend. The Utes are 2-3-0 in conference play and 5-2-0 at home this season. Utah owns the all-time series record over UO 5-1-1.
Head coach Rich Manning is in his eleventh season as the Utes’ head coach and has amassed a 120-72-20 record through his career. After defying preseason predictions and leading the Utes to a fifth-place finish in their inaugural year in the Pac-12 Conference, Manning and the Utes look forward to continuing their winning ways and climbing the Pac-12 ladder.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
The Ducks return home to Pape’ Field to host Arizona and Arizona State on Friday, Oct. 19th and Sunday, Oct. 21st, respectively. Arizona is currently 5-6-3 and 1-2-2 in the conference, while Arizona stand at 6-7-1 and 1-2-2.
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. The current record is now 944 people at the UCLA game on Oct. 5th.
DUCKS HAVE DEPTH
A strong class of newcomers, including forward Kristen Parr who has scored six 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.
Six players have now scored goals for the Ducks, including four freshmen. Freshman goalkeeper Dana Connors started her first collegiate match against Seattle U after starter Abby Steele was given a red card in the previous match. Connors recorded her first win as well as three saves.
CAREER RECORD LIST WATCH
Senior midfielder Scout Libke is now in sole possession of ninth place on the all time goals list as her eleven career goals now surpass Kristi Morris’ total of 10 from 1996-99.
Libke is also currently eighth place on Oregon’s all time points list with 30 points off of 11 goals and eight assists throughout her illustrious career.