FOLLOW THE DUCK ACTION
For Duck fans not able to make it to Pape' Field for the matches with the Bears and Cardinals , live stats will be available courtesy of Oregon. Fans can gain access by heading to GoDucks.com and go to the soccer schedule page to get the link.
FINALLY GET TO SLEEP IN MY OWN BED!
Fans are probably just as excited as the players to finally be able to watch and play a match at Pape' Field as they are back at home after playing the last five matches on the road. UO went 2-3 during that stretch, grabbing wins at USC and at Colorado.
GOODBYE FOR NOW...
Oregon breaks ground on its new soccer and lacrosse facility on Thursday (10/27/11) at 1 p.m., which means this weekend will be the last events played at Pape' Field. The first soccer match was played at Pape Field in 1998, which resulted in a 3-1 win for the Ducks against Tennessee.
WELCOME BACK TO CAMPUS
While the Ducks will honor seniors Cody Miles, Taylor Jones and Lindsay Parlee prior to Sunday's match, UO is welcoming back over 40 soccer alumni as part of Alumni Weekend with the highlight of the weekend being the induction of two-time All-American Michele Potestio into the UO Hall of Fame as the first women's soccer player to get the nod, joining over 167 individuals and 20 teams.
GOING THE DISTANCE
In Oregon's 1-1 tie against Washington last Friday night, seven Ducks played a season-high 110 minutes. Abby Steele, Lauren Thompson, Scout Libke, Bri Pugh, Maddy Mercier, Ryann Davie and Nicole Bakke all played the duration of the match. In UO's only other overtime match, a scoreless draw against then-#16 Santa Clara, only Steele, Thompson and Libke played all 110 minutes. But to Mercier's credit, she competed in all but five minutes of that match.
NEW LEADERS AT THE FRONT
Oregon's leading-goal scorer and assist provider Julie Armstrong (4 goals, 3 assists) has not been in action since the beginning of the Pac-12 season, but the rest of the Ducks have rallied to make up in terms of her missing statistics. Scout Libke notched her team-leading fourth goal in Friday night's 1-1 draw against UW, while Mo Fitzgerald served her team-high fourth assist Sunday afternoon to Achijah Berry in UO's 1-0 win.
CHIPPING IN FOR THE CAUSE
The youngest Ducks have also been chipping in where it counts: goals. As a team, Oregon has tallied 18 goals on the season. Freshmen Shanelle Simien (1) and Bri Pugh (3) and Ally Aschbacher (1) have added five of those goals.
TOPS IN THE LAND
The last two times that UO has faced Stanford, they have been the #1 team in the nation. Only two teams have come into Pape' Field as the #1 team. In 2009, Stanford was #1 and in 2002, #1 North Carolina paid a visit to Pape' Field.
THE RAREST GEM
On Bri Pugh's third goal of the season, Lindsay Parlee tallied her first career assist. Why is this so rad? Parlee is the goalkeeper and the feat has only occurred two other times in Oregon history, but by the same person. Former UO goalkeeper Sarah Peters had two during the 2001 campaign against Gonzaga and Arizona.
BUILDING ON THE MOMENTUM
Oregon is unbeaten in their last three matches, posting a 2-0-1 mark, including a defeat of #18 Washington State on Sunday. While facing #1 Stanford will be a tall task, the highest team the Ducks have ever defeated was #3 UCLA, 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 3, 2006. UO also owns a scoreless draw against #5 Stanford (11/9/07).
MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS
UO had dubbed Friday night as Lights Out Fright Night. There will be a costume contest and plenty of other giveaways for fans, including candy and Halloween ducks. Fans that come dressed in costume receive $1 admission to the match. On Sunday, fans that wear their Spirit tshirt receive $2 admission and appreciation will be showed to Oregon season ticket holders.