Duck Soccer Hosts Seattle Sounders

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon women's soccer team will host the Seattle Crossfire Sounders, a women's semi-professional team, to close out its spring exhibition season Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pape' Field. Admission is free.

Immediately following the match, head coach Tara Erickson and the team will host a free 45 minute kids clinic. The team is asking that kids interested in participating in the clinic bring their own soccer ball with their name written on it.

The Sounders feature a number of former college players, including Oregon's Chalise Baysa, who was the Ducks' career leader in goals until Nicole Garbin broke that record in 2006. Baysa scored 31 goals during her 1998-2001 career.

The Ducks are looking to wrap up a successful spring, despite the fact that the team has played most of the slate without a regular goalkeeper. Starter Jessie Chatfield sustained a broken left wrist during Oregon's first exhibition game, a 2-0 loss at Portland on April 14. Chatfield's injury came just days after reserve goalkeeper Emily Zaler suffered a dislocated knee cap in practice.

Which is why Garbin, Oregon's all-time leader in goals (34), assists (15) and points (83), who finished her eligibility last fall, was pressed into duty in the net this spring.

Defender Darcie Gardner also played goal when Garbin had a school conflict and helped Oregon tie Stanford 2-2 on April 26. Forward Melissa Buich and midfielder Allison Newton scored for the Ducks, while midfielder Dani Oster recorded an assist.

The Ducks then remained in the Bay Area for Stanford's tournament on April 28 and won the shortened-period event with a 1-0-3 record. Oregon defeated San Francisco 1-0 on Newton's goal, which was assisted by midfielder Theresa Bowns. The Ducks then tied Stanford 0-0 before Newton's goal gave Oregon a 1-1 tie with Santa Clara. The Ducks then played Stanford to another scoreless tie, but Oregon won the tournament title based on goal differential.

Newton was once again involved in the scoring in the Ducks' 1-0 victory over Oregon State last Friday, assisting on a goal by midfielder Adriana Montes.

Newton leads the team in scoring this spring with three goals and one assist for seven points. Buich and Montes have also recorded goals for the Ducks, while Oster and Bowns have each recorded one assist.

"Anchored by Dylann Tharp, the defense has played very well despite not having Jessie (Chatfield) back there," said Erickson. "Darcie (Gardner) and Garbin have done well in goal.

"Offensively we have showed a lot of variety, led by Newton," Erickson said. "Jen Cameron has done well at defensive midfield. Everyone is very fit from hard work in the off-season."

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