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Ducks Ready For Washington and #21 Washington State
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 10/19/2011
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EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Oregon (7-7-1, 2-4-0 Pac-12) is back in action this weekend at Pape Field against foes from the Evergreen State as they face Washington (6-6-3, 2-3-1 Pac-12) at 7 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 21) and #21 Washington State on Sunday (Oct. 23) at 1 p.m.

FOLLOW THE DUCK ACTION
For Duck fans not able to make it to Pape' Field for the matches with the Huskies and Cougars , 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.

WELCOME HOME, FINALLY!
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.

GETTING THEM IN YOUNG
Oregon has used a predominately young lineup in Pac-12 action. In this weekend's match against Colorado, a season-high 10 freshmen saw action for the Ducks. Going outside of the norm that Duck fans have been getting use to, only four of those freshmen were in the starting lineup. Five of those freshmen (Shanelle Simien, Kiyomi Cook, Kelsey Foo, Ryann Davie, Abby Steele) have appeared in every match this season. Only four other UO players have played in every match (Maddy Mercier, Scout Libke, Lauren Thompson, Taylor Jones).

THREE'S A CHARM
While Oregon's leading-goal scorer Julie Armstrong (4) did not play in last Sunday's match, three other Ducks have tallied three goals on the season. In addition to Maddy Mercier, who already has three goals, both Scout Libke and Bri Pugh notched their third goals of the season against Colorado. Want another reason to love the number three? The three goals scored against Colorado matches the season high on goals put back by the Ducks. UO previously scored three goals in a 3-0 win against New Hamphshire on Sept. 2.

CHIPPING IN FOR THE CAUSE
The youngest Ducks have also been chipping in where it counts: goals. As a team, Oregon has tallied 16 goals on the season. Freshmen Shanelle Simien (1) and Bri Pugh (3) and Ally Aschbacher (1) have added five of those goals.

SHUTTING IT DOWN
Lindsay Parlee and Abby Steele combined to shutout Oregon's first five opponents. Steele is actually the only goalkeeper to earn an individual shutout as both had been sharing time in goal until the Santa Clara match. In that match, Steele got her hands on eight saves.

LENDING A HELPING HAND...ERR, FOOT
In addition to netting goals, four freshman have contributed in the assist column. Of Oregon's 12 assists on the season, Shanelle Simien, Kiyomi Cook, Ryann Davie and Riley Smith have all added one helper apiece. But the older Ducks have been doing their part, as well, as Julie Armstrong and Mo Fitzgerald lead the team with three assists apiece.

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.

DOING IT OVER AND OVER
Only four Ducks have scored multiple goals for Oregon this season. With Julie Armstrong's four, Maddy Mercier, Scout Libke and Bri Pugh have all added three apiece.

NEW MARGINS SET
Despite being shutout in the desert, Abby Steele picked up a career-high nine saves against Arizona State and freshman Bri Pugh took a career-high seven shots against Arizona.

CONNECT THE DOTS
While only three Ducks hail from Washington (Lauren Thompson, Edmonds, Wash.; Achijah Berry, Seattle, Wash.; Maddy Mercier, Edmonds, Wash.), the connection runs deeper for two other Ducks. Lindsay Parlee played her first two collegiate years at Washington State, while head coach Tara Erickson played her collegiate career at Washington from 1992-95 where she led the squad to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.

MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS
UO is promoting their October 21st game against Washington as "Think Pink" night for Breast Cancer Awareness. A silent auction of donated soccer items will be held, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation. In conjunction with "Think Pink" night, Oregon will also be sponsoring Jersey Night where all youth wearing their favorite soccer jersey get in for $1.

 

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