STORY: Oregon’s Defense Returns to the 3-4 Under Jim Leavitt

After consecutive seasons that ended with Oregon’s defense at the bottom of country in nearly every statistical category, 2017 brings new head coach Willie Taggart along with new defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt to Eugene with improvement on that side of the ball as the emphasis. Leavitt brings back the 3-4 scheme, reverting to a similar style the 2015 Ducks played after one year in the 4-3. The shift presents changes for players like Henry Mondeaux and Jalen Jelks along the defensive line, compounded with the challenges of a unit largely inexperienced at the collegiate level.

The Duck Defense Shifts to the 3-4 (by Alex Castle)

AUDIO: Oregon Soccer Hosts Media Day Before Friday’s Opener

Oregon Soccer hosted its Media Day at Pape Field Monday afternoon, as Head Coach Kat Mertz and plenty of UO players gathered to discuss their expectations and hopes for the upcoming season. North Carolina State comes into town to kick off the season on Friday, and the team has set its sights high after last season. Listen to the full interviews below.

Head Coach Kat Mertz

Forward Marissa Everett

Forward Kyra Fawcett

Defender Caitlyn Wong

Midfielder Abby Morrow

Forward/Midfielder Emma Eddy

– Marc Grandi and Matt Tyra