June 22, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – Head coach Kat Mertz and the Oregon soccer program have announced the schedule for the 2016 season. The Ducks will play nine non-conference games, five of which will be at home at Papé Field, and 11 Pac-12 Conference matches. Seven of UO’s games will be featured on Pac-12 Networks, with another 10 available online, giving Oregon its most extensive broadcast schedule to date.
In Mertz’ fourth season, Oregon will warm up the year with a home exhibition contest against Portland State on Aug. 12. The Ducks beat the Vikings 1-0 at home last year in a non-conference match-up thanks to the game winning goal from Kyra Fawcett in the 80th minute.
The season will officially kick-off in Hawai’i when the Ducks take on the Rainbow Wahine in Honolulu on Aug. 19. UO will then play a neutral contest against Gonzaga on Aug. 21 to round out the trip.
The Ducks will return home to play four contests at Papé Field. The home opener will be a Pac-12 Network-televised contest against Nebraska on Aug. 26 in what will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Oregon will then host Stephen F. Austin on Aug. 28. The following weekend will feature two home matches as part of the Oregon Nike Tournament. UO will play Boise State on Sept. 2 and then North Texas on Sept. 4. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
The Ducks will then hit the road as they travel to Southern California to compete in the Cal State Fullerton tournament. UO will face the UC Irvine first on Sept. 9 and then take on the Titans, who are the defending Big West champions, on Sept. 11.
The final non-conference match will be played at home when the Ducks host Portland on Sept. 19 for the first meeting in Eugene since 2013. UO and the Pilots competed in an exhibition match in 2015, which ended in a 0-0 tie.
The Pac-12 opener will have the Ducks on the road for the second straight year. Oregon will travel to Stanford for a Saturday night match-up on Sept. 24. The Cardinal claimed the conference title in 2015 after going 10-0-1 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. The Ducks played Stanford tough last year at Cagan Stadium, holding the Cardinal scoreless until the 74th minute.
The Pac-12 home opener will be a Thursday night contest against USC on Sept. 29, which will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network. The Ducks will then host UCLA on Oct. 2 before playing the mountain schools on the road the following weekend. Oregon will be at Colorado on Thursday, Oct. 6 and then at Utah on Oct. 9. The Ducks contest against the Utes will be televised.
The next three conference contests will take place inside the friendly confines of Papé Field, starting with a visit from California on Oct. 15. The Arizona schools will then visit Eugene the following weekend. The Ducks will play the Wildcats on Oct. 20 in a televised contest and then close out the weekend with a match against the Sun Devils on Oct. 23.
The final conference road trip will have Oregon heading north as it plays at Washington on Oct. 27 and at Washington State on Oct. 30. The Pac-12 finale will be in Eugene when the Ducks host the Beavers on Nov. 4, which will be shown live on the Pac-12 Network. UO has claimed victories over the Beavers the last two years.
Oregon is coming off a 2015 season that featured the team going 6-13. The Ducks ended the season in exciting fashion as they won 1-0 over Washington in overtime and then 2-1 over Oregon State in the season finale. UO graduated five seniors from the 2015 team and will return 17 letter-winners, including the top two goal scorers in Marissa Everett and Fawcett.