EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon soccer team (4-7-3, 0-2-1) will continue Pac-10 Conference play this week with road matches against Washington (9-5-1, 2-2-0) and Washington State (6-9-0, 1-3-0). The Ducks-Huskies contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT) on Friday, while the UO-WSU match will be played at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
Washington won last year’s meeting and leads the all-time series, 11-2-0. WSU, who defeated UO a year ago, maintains an 8-2-4 edge in the all-time series.
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STOLTENBERG APPROACHING MORE CAREER RECORDS
Senior forward Jen Stoltenberg has already broke the career assist record at Oregon, and she’s approaching the all-time points and goals marks as well. Stoltenberg, from Mission Viejo, Calif., has 17 assists and recently broke the mark set by her former teammate Teresa Bowns. Stoltenberg ranks second in career points (79) and shots (226), while tied for second in goals (31). She is just five points shy of breaking UO’s all-time career record, and four goals away from that career mark.
LAST WEEKEND’S MATCHES
The Ducks faced a pair of ranked foes last week, losing a close one to No. 16 UCLA Friday night before battling to a 1-1 draw with No. 19 Southern California on Sunday.
Against the Bruins, Oregon took a 1-1 tie into the 88th minute before UCLA scored a pair of late goals (88th and 90th minute) en route to a 3-1 win. Senior midfielder Mercedes Walters registered UO’s only goal of the match, an equalizing score in the 68th minute.
That scoring sequence began when senior forward Rianna Mansfield played a ball in-behind the UCLA defense. Walters held off a Bruin defender before one-timing the bouncing pass to the near post past the goalkeeper.
In the 1-1 draw against USC, the Trojans had two penalty kick opportunities in the match, scoring on the second attempt which came in the 81st minute. The match went to extra time where Oregon out-shot USC by a margin of 6-2 during the two overtime periods.
The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when senior forward Jen Stoltenberg scored her 10th goal of the season and 31st of her career. The Ducks had the edge over the Trojans in shots (16-12) and shots on goal (6-3). USC had 11 corner kicks to Oregon’s seven.
DUCKS UP 19 SPOTS IN NCAA’S SECOND RPI REPORT
The Ducks moved up to No. 90 in the second NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI report generated Monday, Oct. 18. UO ranked No. 109 (out of a possible 322) in the first report of the season published on Oct. 5.
As part of its difficult non-conference schedule, the Ducks faced three teams currently ranking in the top 21 of the index (No. 3 Portland, No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 21 Santa Clara). Seven Pac-10 Conference schools rank in the top 40 (No. 1 Stanford, No. 11 Arizona State, No. 14 UCLA, No. 24 USC, No. 27 California, No. 37 Oregon State, No. 39 Washington). The Ducks are at No. 90, while Washington State ranks 97th and Arizona is ranked No. 130.
ERICKSON BREAKS OREGON ALL-TIME COACHING WINS MARK
In the Sept. 17 neutral-site win over San Diego State, head coach Tara Erickson broke the school mark for career wins. Erickson has a six-year mark of 51-49-13 in her time with Oregon, passing by with Bill Steffen who posted 49 victories in nine years as mentor for the Ducks.
Erickson has a 10-year overall coaching record of 80-87-23 with stints at Portland State (four years, 2001-04) and Oregon (six years, 2005-present).
DUCKS RANK AMONGST PAC-10 CONFERENCE STATISTICAL LEADERS
The Ducks rank near the top of the conference statistically in shots (fourth, 208) and team saves saves (fourth, 57). Senior forward Jen Stoltenberg’s 73 (5.21 shpg) shots ranks second in the Pac-10, while she is third in points (24) and goals (10) and tied for eighth in assists (4).
STOLTENBERG RECOGNIZED BY TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM
Senior forward Jen Stoltenberg was recently named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s College Players to Watch Top 100 Upperclass Women’s Rankings. The Mission Viejo, Calif., product remains No. 37 on the website’s listing, which is comprised of sophomores, juniors, and seniors only, and will be updated weekly.
DUCKS VOLUNTEER FOR EUGENE’S RACE FOR THE CURE
The Oregon soccer team worked in conjunction with the University of Oregon Athletic Department’s O Heroes to volunteer with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, more specifically the Komen Eugene Race for the Cure which took place on Oct. 10. It’s the nation’s largest charity walk/run raising awareness of and funding for breast cancer detection, treatment and research for the cure. More information on the race and other information regarding volunteering can be found online at komenoregon.org.
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