Oregon is 1-0 on the athletics season! 1-0! Remember to rec the nonrevenue spotlight, to keep it at the top of the page to be used as the open thread.
The soccer team played their first game of the season, and the first at the new Pape Field, and came out victorious with the 2-0 shutout of UAB. Freshman Kristen Parr was the star, scoring both of Oregon's goals, the first being only four minutes into the match to give the Ducks a lead they would not relenquish. Oregon dominated the game statistically, with big leads in shots (19-5), shots on goal (11-5) and corner kicks (6-0). Oregon also didn't allow a shot in the second half.
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 Erickson. "It's nice for us getting fresh legs on the field, and it's also exciting for the players that they are getting opportunities to get on the field
21 players saw action in Sunday's match. The Ducks resume their season Friday, taking on perennial national championship contender Portland on the bluff at Merlo Field. They return to Portland on Sunday for a match with Portland State.
The #20 Oregon volleyball team wrapped up their second exhibition with a 3-0 win over the alumni squad, and get set for real action this week. The Ducks travel to Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio State tournament, where they will take on Toledo on Friday, and have a doubleheader with Houston and #24 Ohio State on Saturday.
The women's basketball team revealed their 2012-13 schedule. The headliner is a New Year's Eve matchup at Matthew Knight Arena with perennial national power Connecticut. The Ducks also have a challenging tournament in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown, which gives them matchups in Honolulu with Hawaii, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, the latter two of whom were NCAA Tournament teams last season, as well as a road trip to Illinois. The Arizona and Southern California schools are the two groups with whom Oregon will only meet once in the conference season.
Big soccer and volleyball matchups this weekend before football gets started the next. GO DUCKS!