EUEGENE, Ore. -- Fresh off its first Pac-12 victory of the season, the Oregon women’s soccer team is looking to keep the momentum going this week in Seattle. The Ducks will meet Washington (6-6-2, 2-1-2) Thursday night at the Husky Soccer Stadium.
First touch is set for 7 p.m. The fixture will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk and JB Long calling the action.
The Ducks (3-7-3, 1-3-1) are coming off a positive result in Sunday’s match with Arizona, earning a 1-0 victory at Papé Field. Freshman ShayLee Miner provided the heroics for Oregon – a running theme in Duck victories – with a 60th minute game-winning goal. The Junction City, Ore., native followed her shot off the post, tucking a rebound goal past the left post. The result marked Oregon’s fourth shutout of the season.
The matchup between our Ducks and the Huskies promises to be a close battle as both sides have very similar numbers on the season. Washington has 12 goals for and 11 against this season, while Oregon has scored 10 and allowed 12. Both teams have relied on strong defense and have played in many one-goal matches. Washington has conceded just two goals through conference play while Oregon has allowed only three.
Oregon is getting its third chance of the season to snap a road losing streak in conference games. To do so, head coach Kat Mertz and the Ducks will count on its steady defense and a variety of contributors on offense.
The defense is led by Achijah Berry, Gabbie Lindeman, Reilley Moore and Riley Smith on the back line. They’ve started the past 10 matches together, allowing just eight goals in during that span with a 0.72 goals against average. Junior goalkeeper Abby Steele has been busy between the posts, leading the Pac-12 in saves per game (4.85). She’s made 63 saves with a .840 saves percentage.
Oregon will be looking to service junior Bri Pugh and Miner on offense. Pugh leads the Ducks in shots (42) and shots on goal (20), and ranks seventh in the conference in shots per game (3.23). Pugh has tallied five points off two goals and an assist this year. Miner leads the team in points (7), goals (3) and game-winning goals (3). The freshman has taken 19 shots, placing six on target.
Washington enters the matchup following a 1-0 loss to Colorado in overtime and is sixth in Pac-12 standings. Seven different Huskies have scored goals, led by Becca Schoales with three. Goalkeeper Megan Kufeld has made 53 saves this season with a 0.76 goals against average.
The Ducks are looking for their first win over Washington since a 1-0 result in 2006.
Following the Washington match, Oregon returns to Papé Field for its final home games of the season. The Ducks host No. 10 Stanford on Oct. 25 before meeting No. 9 California on Oct. 28.