The “futbol” Ducks ended October on a high note, closing out the month with a stunning 1-0 upset over No. 12 California at Papé Field. In the final home game of the season, goalkeeper Abby Steele saved a penalty in the 50th minute before Maryn Beutler found the back of the net for the matchwinner five minutes later.
The win capped a month that had more lows than highs for the soccer team, but saw the Ducks show definite signs of improvement nonetheless. The team dropped its first three matches by identical 1-0 scorelines, before turning the tables and defeating Arizona 1-0. The Ducks followed that up with losses to Washington and No. 8 Stanford, before wrapping up the month with the win against the Bears.
Freshman ShayLee Miner scored the winner against the Wildcats, while sophomore Kristen Parr scored against both the Huskies and the Cardinal. The Ducks led the Huskies 6-3 in shots on goal, and gave last year's national semifinalist Cardinal all they could handle, but went down on an 82nd-minute matchwinner. The Ducks are yet to lose a match by more than one goal, and have a tie against No. 6 BYU to go with the win over No. 12 Cal.
The No. 4-ranked men's cross country and No. 12-ranked women's cross country teams competed twice in October, including a home meet on October 5 at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Led by freshman Edward Cheserek, the men won the Dellinger Invitational against runners from the likes of Boise State, No. 6 in the West Region, and Washington. The women finished second in the lone home meet of the season, placing runners-up to No. 7 Washington. The Ducks' top finisher was Megan Patrignelli, who finished sixth overall in 16:57.
Cheserek and Patrignelli led the Ducks again at the Pre-Nationals in Terra Haute, Ind., on October 19. Cheserek finished fourth, for his third consecutive top-four finish, as the men finished second behind No. 2-ranked Colorado, who took over the top spot in the national rankings following their win. Patrignelli placed 25th to lead the women, who finished fifth overall in the team standings. The four teams to finish ahead of Oregon—Georgetown, Florida State, Butler, and Virginia—are all currently ranked in the top 10 nationally.
October was a mixed bag for the UO volleyball team, as the Ducks lost four matches—the same number they lost in last year’s regular season during their run to the national championship game—and dropped to No. 23 in the polls, after starting the season ranked No. 8.
The Ducks opened the month with a loss on the road against Arizona, but rebounded to defeat No. 15 Arizona State and No. 23 UCLA, before losing a hard-fought match against No. 1 USC. The UO then reeled off emphatic wins against Colorado and Utah, with Liz Brenner registering 20 kills in the win over the Utes. Brenner, a second team All-American last season, ended October ranked fourth in the Pac-12 and 26th in the NCAA in kills per set. The Ducks were unable to replicate that success on the road to close out the month though, and lost matches at No. 6 Stanford and California.
Setter and 2012 All-American Lauren Plum missed much of October after injuring her foot in the loss to Arizona, but was eased back in toward the end of the month, and by the Cal match was splitting time with backup setter Shellsy Ashen. Ashen stepped up well in Plum's absence, notching 7.97 assists per set in conference play, and had 37 assists in the loss to USC—more than the Trojans’ two setters combined—as the Ducks gave the Pac-12 leaders everything they could handle, dropping two of the three sets by a mere two points apiece.
While the soccer and cross country teams have completed the home portions of their schedules, the volleyball team has five matches at the Matthew Knight Arena in November, facing Arizona State on November 1, Arizona on November 2, Stanford on November 14, Cal on November 15, and Oregon State on November 29.