One of the nation’s most highly respected and followed soccer websites, TopDrawerSoccer.com, has recently released their Midseason Freshman Top 100 List, featuring two Oregon Ducks, according to GoDucks.com.
Defensive standout Mariah Powers is the first Ducks player to appear on the list in the 52nd spot. The defender has played in all 15 games, so far this season, and has a goal and assist. On top of that, she has taken ten shots, seven of which were on goal. Her lone goal came against Gonzaga on Sept. 16th when she passed the ball to herself around a defender before firing a shot into the back of the net.
Forward Kristen Parr is the only other Duck on the list as she comes in at No. 74. The Bend, Ore. native has also played in all 15 games, as well, and is the Ducks’ leading goal-scorer so far this season with seven goals, three of which were game winners. She has fired 20 shots, 16 of them being recorded as on goal.
“We have an outstanding freshman class,” said head coach Tara Erickson. “To get two kids recognized out of that group is fantastic recognition for our program and it is well deserved for both Kristen and Mariah.”
In total, nine players from the Pac-12 conference were selected including one from Stanford, UCLA, California, Washington, Utah, Colorado and USC. Oregon is the only school within the conference with multiple players on the list.
Oregon has an outstanding freshman class that includes eight players from Oregon, Washington, California and a redshirt from Colorado. The Ducks’ roster is incredibly young with 11 sophomores, four juniors and six seniors. In total, that’s 20 underclassmen to 10 upperclassmen.
One player who did not make the list, but is worthy of such praise, is midfielder Maryn Beutler who has played in all 15 games with one goal and one assist. The Bend native is tied for third on the team in points (3).
Oregon (6-7-2, 1-4-1) played a tough schedule the past few weeks after opening the season 5-2-1. The Ducks have played No. 12 BYU, No. 19 Cal, No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 UCLA during that span. They have five remaining games, including two this weekend against the Arizona schools.