Men's Soccer Looks To Tumble Trees, Pay Back Bruins

Oct. 17, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

FRIDAY, OCT. 20

Stanford at Oregon State, 3 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCT. 22

UCLA at Oregon State, 2 p.m.

NOTE: Due to construction of the new OSU softball stadium, the entrance to Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium has been changed to the east sideline for the remainder of the season. The most convenient parking is available in the lot located at the southeast corner of Southwest 15th Street and Western Boulevard.

This weekend looms large for the Oregon State men's soccer squad, as they host the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal at 3 p.m. on Friday and No. 17 UCLA Bruins on Sunday at 2 p.m.

OSU's defense will have to continue its top-notch play while the pressure will be on the front line to finish scoring opportunities.

The Beavers should be wary of Stanford's long-ball attack, as the Cardinal likes to stretch the opposition with long passes.

'Stanford is an older team and very mature,' Taylor said. 'They're very well-coached and organized, they don't make mistakes defensively. They are very sharp on the attack and they put the pressure on you defensively with their long passes. They can get behind you if you're caught watching the ball.'

OSU's work rate will be critical, as the Cardinal are a disciplined group.

'They're a hard-working team, and they're very sound technically,' Taylor said.

Sunday's matchup will be an opportunity for the Beavers to make up for a 4-1 loss to UCLA in Los Angeles on Oct. 13. OSU plays host to the Bruins for the first time in the history of the series.

Both teams have two conference losses, and will be fighting to make up ground in one of the most competetive conferences in the nation.

'UCLA is extremely talented,' Taylor explained. 'They are probably one of the most technically sound teams out there and they move the ball extremely well.'

OSU had opportunities to score in the previous game, but couldn't capitalize. The defensive unit struggled to reign in the Bruins' potent 1-2 punch of Shaun Tsakiris and McKinley Tennyson, as the pair accounted for all four of UCLA's scores, with two goals and an assist apiece.

'We were able to move the ball against them and create some opportunities,' Taylor said. 'We played very poorly against them defensively, otherwise, it could have been a very close game. Playing at home should help.'

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:

The Beavers are 1-8-2 all-time versus Stanford, and 0-6-0 against UCLA, including a 4-1 loss on Oct. 13 in Los Angeles.

OSU pounded Stanford for a 5-0 win in 1995 in Corvallis, but has been winless in its last four matches with the Cardinal. The teams played to a scoreless tie in 1997 in Corvallis, the Beavers lost last year's match 3-1.

Sunday's contest with the Bruins will mark the first time UCLA has visited Corvallis, the previous six matches have been played on the Bruins' home turf.

JAMES ALBERT: The senior forward is one of three players (Matt Olsen, Ben Roth) with 40-plus career games played at Oregon State... leads the team with 58 career games played... scored a goal on Sept. 22 against UCSB... recorded an assist against Oral Roberts on Sept. 3 and another assist against UCLA on Oct. 13... 15 shots.

PETER BILLMEYER: The freshman goalkeeper sports a 0.92 goals-against average in nine games... has 43 saves, including an eight-save performance against Washington on Oct. 1 and seven against Santa Clara on Sept. 14.

ALEX CLOSE: Fired 12 shots on the year... scored one goal against Oral Roberts on Sept. 3.

ROSS DUNCAN: Scored his first career goal in a 3-0 win over Sacramento State on Sept. 10.

JOSH ELBAUM: The team co-captain recorded his first career goal in a 3-0 win over Sacramento State when he curved a corner kick into the net... has since scored against then-No. 10 Portland in 2-1 win on Sept. 19 and also against Cal-Santa Barbara on Sept. 22... leads the team with 28 shots and has two assists, which came against Cal-Irvine in 2-1 loss and against UCSB in 4-2 win.

NICK JENSEN: The junior has played in nine games, taking four shots.

JUSTIN KIRK: The sophomore forward booted his first goal of the season in a 2-1 loss to Cal-Irvine on Sept. 16... scored again in loss to CS-Northridge on Sept. 24... scored against San Francisco on Oct. 15... had one assist in OSU's 3-0 win at Oral Roberts on Sept. 3... tallied another assist against Cal-Santa Barbara in 4-2 win on Sept. 22... has 16 shots on the year... tallied the most points of any returning player last season.

AARON MCHARDY: Recorded a goal in 2-1 win over Tulsa on Sept. 1... scored against Sacramento State on Sept. 10... scored again in 1-1 tie with California.

MARK MULEADY: Has a 1.78 GAA in five games... 22 saves.

KURT NESS: Started every game as a back... two shots.

MATT OLSEN: Leads the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists... goals came in wins over Oral Roberts and Portland, with two in a win over Cal-Santa Barbara... recorded assists against Oral Roberts and Portland.

BEN ROTH: The junior has played in 48 career games, starting 45... 45 starts is tops on the squad... has nine shots this year.

JESSE SERVIN: Booted a goal in each of the first two games of his career on Sept. 1 and 3... scored OSU's first goal of the season unassisted against Tulsa and followed that up with a score off a Matt Olsen pass against Oral Roberts two days later... taken 23 shots.

RYAN SMITH: The sophomore midfielder and team co-captain is the only returning player to have started all 17 games last season for the Beavers... scored a goal against UCLA on Oct. 13... taken 10 shots.

CHRISTIAN vanBLOMMESTEIN: The freshman has started every game this year and played solid defense... taken four shots.

UCLA: The No. 17 Bruins won eight in a row to start the season before falling to Stanford, 1-0 on Oct. 8. The Bruins carry an 9-2-0 mark, and are led by McKinley Tennyson with 18 points on nine goals and Shaun Tsakiris with 15 points on five goals and five assists.

UCLA lost to Washington 3-2 on Oct. 15.

STANFORD: The Cardinal moved up to No. 7 in the Oct. 16 NSCAA poll after weekend victories over Santa Clara and California.

Stanford has yielded three goals on the season, and starting goalkeeper Adam Zapala brings a 0.22 goals-against average to the defensive effort.

The offense has racked up 45 goals, nine by Scott Leber, eight from Luke Rust, and six from Johanes Maliza. Matt Moses, Aaron Biddle, and Roger Levesque have distributed five assists.

BILLMEYER ON TRACK FOR SPOT IN SCHOOL'S G.A.A. ELITE: Freshman goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer is on pace to record the best goals-against average in OSU history. As of Oct. 15, he had a 0.92 GAA, and had played in nine of OSU's 13 games. Billmeyer stands at .11 ahead of Jon Edmonston's 1991 mark of 1.03.

Here's a closer look:

GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE   Name	                Min.	Gls.	Avg.1. Peter Billmeyer	780	8	0.922. Jon Edmonston (1991)	875	10	1.033. James Brazeau (1989)	1,775	22	1.124. Olin Glenne (1994)	1,185	15	1.14

BILLMEYER VIES FOR SPOT ON SEASON SAVES LIST: Billmeyer is also in the hunt for a spot on the season-saves top-three list. The Omaha, Neb., native has 43 saves in nine games played. Billmeyer needs 17 saves to play his way into third place on the list.

   Name	                Svs.1. Bryan Hill (1999)	952. Bryan Hill (1997)	903. Bryan Hill (1998)	60

OLSEN HAS CHANCE FOR GOALS, ASSISTS, POINTS LISTS: Matt Olsen has a shot at adding his name to three lists this season. A spot on the top-10 season goals, assists and total points lists are all within reach for the senior. Olsen has played in 12 games this season, and has accumulated four goals and two assists for a total of 10 points. Here's a look at what he will need to do over the next six games to break into OSU's top-10 in the various catagories:

SCORING   Name	                        Gls.	Asts.	Pts.1. Rick Kempf (1990)	        17	1	352. Jeff Enquest (1989)	        12	4	283. Garin Gregory (1988)	        10	5	254. Sean Young (1990)	         9	6	245. Josh Dodson (1996)	        10	3	236. Sean Young (1991)	        10	1	217. Greg Howes (1999)	         7	6	208. Jason Lensch (1988)	         8	3	19(tie) Rick Kempf (1989)	         7	5	19(tie) Sterling Wismer (1994)	 8	3	19GOALS   Name	                        Gls.1. Rick Kempf (1990)	        172. Jason Lensch (1989)	        143. Jeff Enquest (1989)	        124. Garin Gregory (1988)	        10(tie) Sean Young (1991)	        10(tie) Josh Dodson (1996)	107. Sean Young (1990)	         98. Jason Lensch (1988)	         8(tie) Sterling Wismer (1994)	 810. Rick Kempf (1989)	         7(tie) Rick Kempf (1991)	         7(tie) Sean Young (1992)	         7(tie) Greg Howes (1999)	         7ASSISTS   Name	                        Asts.1. Greg Howes (1998)	         92. Chris Scotti (1992)	         83. Jason Lensch (1990)	         74. Sean Young (1990)	         6(tie) Fredrik Kummernes (1996)	 6(tie) Greg Howes (1999)	         67. Garin Gregory (1988)	         5(tie) Rick Kempf (1989)	         5(tie) Chris Scotti (1991)	 5(tie) Dominick Conti (1995)	 5(tie) Fredrik Kummernes (1995)	 5

LOW TEAM GAA: The Beavers have a 1.22 goals against average through 13 games, the school record is 1.12, held by the 1989 squad.

FEWEST GOALS IN A SEASON: OSU has allowed 16 goals in 13 games. The school record for fewest goals allowed in a season is 21, held by the 1992 group. OSU has six games remaining.

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS: Elbaum, Olsen and Kirk have two assists apiece this year. If Elbaum, Olsen or Kirk reach five, that total would put them in a tie for seventh on the school's all-time season assist list. The OSU record for assists in a season is nine, held by Greg Howes.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH DANA TAYLOR: Dana Taylor enters his second year at OSU after a 5-12-0 campaign in 1999.

Prior to coming to OSU, Taylor spent four seasons at perennial powerhouse Creighton, where he worked mostly with the goalkeepers. Taylor helped the Bluejays to a 63-17-6 record during his tenure, while the Bluejays captured two Missouri Valley Conference titles.

MATT OLSEN PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR OCT. 1: Olsen was selected as the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week for Sept. 19-Sept. 25 as the Beavers went 2-1 in that span.

Olsen, a senior, had a goal and an assist in OSU's 2-1 upset win over then-No. 10 Portland on Sept. 19, then followed that with a two-goal performance as the Beavers knocked off Cal-Santa Barbara 4-2.

The award was the first of Olsen's career.

OREGON STATE STATISTICS OF INTEREST: The Beavers have outscored their opponents 19-16 this year... OSU has been outshot 179-175... the Beavers have 11 fewer fouls than their opponents, 257-268... OSU has a .463 (81-175) shots-on-goal percentage, while holding opponents to ..475 (85-179).

UCLA 4, OREGON STATE 1: McKinley Tennyson and Shaun Tsakiris accounted for all four of UCLA's goals, with two goals and one assist apiece.

OSU brought the score to 2-1 heading into the half before surrendering two quick goals in the first eight minutes to the second half.

Ryan Smith recorded his first goal of the season with an assist from James Albert.

OREGON STATE 1, SAN FRANCISCO 0: Justin Kirk's third goal of the season proved to be enough for the Beavers to even their record at 6-6-1 as the defense hung tough and preserved the win. Billmeyer had six saves on the day in recording his second shutout of the year.

NATIONALLY RANKED OPPONENTS: In the Oct. 2 NSCAA Top 25 poll, Pac-10 rival UCLA fell to No. 17, Stanford moved up to No. 6, Portland dropped out of the poll, and Washington jumped into the rankings at No. 13.

OSU plays 13 games against opponents who went to the NCAA Tournament last year.

OSU ALL-TIME RECORD: The Beavers now have an all-time record of 108-107-14 in overall play since the program's inception in 1988 under coach Jimmy Conway.

In league games, OSU is 29-38-6. Oregon State competed in the Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference for three years beginning in 1988, and in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation through the 1999 season. The Beavers begin competition in the Pacific-10 Conference this season.

LORENZ FIELD AT VALLEY STADIUM: Oregon State's soccer facility, Paul Lorenz Field at Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium, provides soccer enthusiasts with one of the top places to both play and watch the sport on the West Coast.

The main seating section holds approximately 1,000 and rises above the midfield line on the west sideline, total capacity is 1,500. A press box for media, statistics and film crews is located behind the main seating section.

OSU is 16-18-3 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season. The stadium is located a block southeast of Reser Stadium, just south of the intersection of 17th Street and Western Boulevard.

OREGON STATE ON TELEVISION: The Beavers' home game against the Washington Huskies on November 5 will be broadcast via tape-delay on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on Fox Northwest.

MEN'S SOCCER TICKETS: All tickets for Oregon State men's soccer games are sold on a general admission basis. They are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens age 62 and over and students high school age and under. OSU students are admitted free with OSU student identification card.

Local Bi-Mart stores have coupons good for two admissions for the price of one for OSU men's soccer games.

Men's soccer is also part of the OSU Six-Sport Pass, which is good for general admission seating at all home contests in men's and women's soccer, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics and baseball.

Members of the Junior Benny Beaver Club are also admitted free to all women's soccer games with their club membership card. AYSO youth soccer players are admitted free to all men's home soccer games when wearing their team jersey.

OSU SPORTS INFORMATION: More information on Oregon State men's soccer, interview requests, photographs and game credentials can be obtained by calling Travis Lahman in the Oregon State University Sports Information Office at (541) 737-3720. For interviews, please call at least 24 hours in advance. For game credentials, please call early because press box space is limited.

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