EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon soccer team (7-8-3, 3-3-1), currently fifth in the Pac-10 Conference standings, will close out the regular-season on the road with contests at California (7-5-5, 2-4-1) and top-ranked Stanford (16-0-0, 7-0-0). The UO-Cal contest is set for Friday at 3 p.m. (PT), while the Oregon-Stanford match is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Live coverage for Friday’s game with Cal will be only available through the team’s twitter feed: http://twitter.com/CalWomensSoccer
Live statistics are available for Sunday’s match against the Cardinal: http://www.gostanford.com/sports/w-soccer/sched/stan-w-soccer-sched.html
Cal leads the all-time series over Oregon, 11-1-1, including a win in Eugene last season. Stanford is 12-0-1 all-time against the Ducks, victors in last year’s match-up as well.
DUCKS RIDING WINNING STREAK
Oregon is riding a three-match winning streak, out-scoring its opponent 9-1 over those contests. The last three-game conference winning streak the Ducks tallied was a stretch in 2006 (Oct. 6-13) with wins over No. 24 Arizona (2-1), Arizona State (1-0) and Washington (1-0). Oregon, which won both matches last week, registered its last Pac-10 sweep back in 2008 beating the Arizona schools (Oct. 31-Nov. 2), both 1-0 road wins for the Ducks.
DUCKS MOVE UP IN FOURTH NCAA RPI REPORT PUBLISHED
The Ducks have moved up 18 spots to No. 79 in the fourth NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI report generated Monday, Nov. 1. UO ranked No.109 (out of a possible 322) in the first report of the season published on Oct. 5, and No. 90 in the second report which came out on Oct. 18, and No. 97 in the third report issued Oct. 25.
As part of its difficult non-conference schedule, the Ducks faced three teams currently ranking in the top 20 of the index (No. 2 Portland, No. 7 Oklahoma State and No. 20 Santa Clara). Seven Pac-10 Conference schools rank in the top 44 (No. 1 Stanford, No. 16 USC, No. 17 Oregon State, No. 23 UCLA, No. 24 Arizona State, No. 34 Washington, No. 44 California). The Ducks are at No. 97, Arizona is No. 99 while Washington State ranks No. 111.
STOLTENBERG BREAKS CAREER POINTS MARK AT OREGON
Senior forward Jen Stoltenberg, who on the career has 33 goals and 18 assists, took over as UO’s all-time points leader (84) surpassing the school record held by former great Nicole Garbin (83 points, 34 goals, 15 assists). Her 18 assists is a school record, while her 33 goals is just one behind Garbin’s school-record total. Stoltenberg has also added to her single-season points mark (29), breaking her own mark of 26 earlier this season. She also ranks second all-time in shots (239), 18 behind Garbin who also leads that category.
LAST WEEKEND’S MATCHES
The Ducks recorded a pair of Pac-10 wins this past weekend, out-scoring the Arizona schools by a margin of 6-0.
In Friday’s 4-0 stomping of the Wildcats, sophomore forward Mo Fitzgerald scored two goals and senior forward Rianna Mansfield and sophomore midfielder Maddy Mercier added a goal apiece. The Ducks held a commanding lead in shots taken (16-6) and shots on goal (7-1), and a 4-3 advantage in corner kick opportunities. UO had 10 players record shots on the night, with Mansfield and Fitzgerald registering a team-high three apiece. Fitzgerald, who played 68 minutes, scored on both of her shots on goal. Mercier, who played 44 minutes coming off bench, had two shots with the one shot on target. UO registered its third shutout of the season, with junior goalkeepers Lindsay Parlee and Cody Miles splitting time for the win.
In Sunday’s 2-0 shutout of the Sun Devils, sophomore midfielder Scout Libke and senior midfielder Mercedes Walters tallied goals. UO junior goalkeeper Lindsay Parlee registered her second shutout of the season, and helped the Ducks to a second clean sheet in as many games. ASU finished the match with a 10-4 advantage in shots, but Oregon had a 3-2 edge in shots on goal. UO was called for 13 fouls to ASU’s 12. The Sun Devils, who also had a 5-2 advantage in corners, were offside twice. Oregon took four shots, coming from four different players, with Libke and Walters scoring on their only shots in the match. Sophomore midfielder Nicole Bakke, who was issued a caution in the 59th minute, had one shot which was on target. Freshman forward Brynne Konkel added the other shot for the Ducks.
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 54-50-13 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 83-88-23 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 as they are tied for third in assists (27) and saves (92), fifth in shots (261) and tied for fifth in points (85). Senior forward Jen Stoltenberg’s 86 shots ranks second in the Pac-10, while she is tied for second in points (29), third in goals (12) and tied for sixth in assists (5).
STOLTENBERG RECOGNIZED BY TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM
Senior forward Jen Stoltenberg is listed on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s College Players to Watch Top 100 Upperclass Women’s Rankings. The Mission Viejo, Calif., product is 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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