Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 8/22/13
  The start of the season is only a day away for the University of Oregon women’s soccer team, who will begin their journey on Friday in a game against Portland State. Though the Ducks are projected to finish 11th in the Pac-12 according to the Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the team brings a variety of tools and returners that could put them on track to post their first winning season in 6 years.   New at the helm this season will be Head Coach Kat Mertz. Mertz has been around the coaching block, working at UNLV, Texas, UCLA, St. Louis, as well as currently coaching the U-23 US National team. The 1st year coach has seen the NCAA tournament up close and brings the experience necessary to set the Ducks on track. Mertz also has the advantage of entering a program with 20 returning players. The veterans include 5 of the Ducks offensive core, led by Sophomore Kristen Parr. This is good news for the Ducks, who primary struggle was putting goals in the net last season. If Oregon...
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