Rookies Rule Soccer Scrimmage

EUGENE, Ore. -- Leigh Quinlan and Adriana Montes both scored twice Saturday to lead the white squad past the green 5-0 in the Oregon soccer team's first and only preseason intersquad scrimmage.

The Ducks open the regular season Friday night at 7 p.m. by hosting 28th-ranked Long Beach State at Pape' Field.

"It was exciting to score a lot of goals, which is something we didn't do a lot of last year," said head coach Tara Erickson, who is due to give birth to a daughter on Wednesday. "I saw many good things in the attack."

Quinlan, a freshman from Victoria, B.C., netted both of the white team's goals in the first half. She got on the board first at the 20:44 mark, by picking up a loose ball in the green's end, dribbling around a couple of defenders and angling in a line drive from 13 yards out.

She scored again at the 31:01 mark after taking a perfect feed up the center of the field from Jen Cameron and beating the green's Emily Zaler from 15 yards. Both Quinlan and Cameron, a sophomore from Tigard, Ore., redshirted last season recovering from major knee injuries.

In the last 15 minutes of the second half, Montes and freshman Melissa Buich scored three times combined for white team. Montes netted a goal on a Buich assist at the at the 54:13 mark. Then Buich collected a beautiful pass from Montes to score at the 58:43 mark.

Montes, a sophomore transfer from Lane Community College who also played for Willamette High School, capped the scoring with her second goal at 66:45.

Senior Nicole Garbin assisted on Montes' last goal for her only point of the match. Erickson said that was significant, since the All-America candidate was the team's only reliable scorer last season. "Garbin is going to score her goals and we certainly need that," Erickson said. "But the newcomers have stepped up and added a whole new dimension to this team. They have great technical skills and are able to get up and down the field really well. They give us a completely different look than we have had."

Garbin attempted a team-high seven shots, while sophomore Allison Newton added four as she moved up to the midfield. "I have high expectations," said Garbin. "I expect to go to the tournament this year. I feel like everyone came in more ready this season and we're ready to compete."

Quinlan was happy to see the field for the first time in over a year, even if it was in a shortened 70-minute game (35 minute halves). "I was a little hesitant at first, but I feel like I am ready to step up and be the second attacker in this offense," she said. "I am really excited to get to play with an athlete of Garbin's ability this year and I think that we can do really good things."

The white team's defense was dominant as expected, with goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield making only three saves. On the other side, freshman Emily Zaler was tested frequently, but made a number of nice stops, including two on Garbin at point-blank range, as part of her eight saves on the afternoon.

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