EUGENE, Ore.-- The Oregon Ducks kicked off Pac-12 play this past weekend when they faced the Colorado Buffaloes on Friday night at Pape’ Field. A tough, defensive battle resulted in a 0-0 draw and the Ducks are now 0-0-1 in conference play. The BYU Cougars came to town on Monday, Sept. 24th and defeated Oregon 1-0 after a quick goal in the fifth minute of action. The 5-3-2 Ducks look to bounce back strong as Pac-12 matches continue this weekend when UO travels to the Bay Area to face the California Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal. The Golden Bears currently stand at 7-3-0 on the season and are 0-1-0 in conference play. Cal is 3-3 when playing home matches in 2012. Head coach Neil McGuire is in his sixth season as head coach of the Cal soccer team. Stanford’s 2012 record is 7-1-1, winning their only conference game and staying undefeated at home with a 4-0-1 record. Head coach Paul Ratcliffe is in his tenth season as coach of the Cardinal.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
The Ducks return home to face Pac-12 foes UCLA and USC at Pape’ Field on Friday, Oct. 5th and Sunday, Oct. 7th, respectively. UCLA leads Oregon 13-2 in the all-time series, while USC holds a 13-2-1 advantage over UO.
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.
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 eighth place on Oregon’s all time points list after scoring her first goal of the season on a corner kick against Seattle U and recording an assist against Gonzaga to bring her career point total up to 28 Libke’s goal against Seattle U also tied her at ninth place on the all time goals list as her ten career goals now match Kristi Morris’ total from 1996-99.