Pac-10 Taps Men's Soccer For Eight All-Conference Selections

Nov. 14, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - The Oregon State men's soccer team placed two players on the Pacific-10 All-Conference second team while six were tabbed for honorable mention, it was announced by the Pacific-10 Conference on Tuesday.

Josh Elbaum, a freshman midfielder, and senior forward Matt Olsen were named to the second team, while Peter Billmeyer, Stephen Hensor, Justin Kirk, Jesse Servin, Ryan Smith, and Christian vanBlommestein earned honorable mention. Of the group, five were freshmen, two were sophomores, and one was a senior.

Elbaum, a team co-captain from Denver, Colo., led the Beavers with six goals and four assists for a total of 16 points. Elbaum played in all 19 games, starting 18. He also led the team with 38 shots and tallied two game-winning goals on the season.

The second-team recognition was the first such honor for Olsen, a forward from Helena, Mont. Olsen, who also earned conference player of the week honors for his play from Sept. 19-26, totaled 10 points on four goals and two assists, both career highs. Prior to this year, Olsen had one career goal and assist.

Freshman Peter Billmeyer earned honorable mention for his efforts in goal this year. Billmeyer, from Omaha, Neb., started 13 games and played 1,160 minutes while giving up just 20 goals. He had a 1.55 goals-against average while making 57 saves, just three shy making the school's top three list.

Midfielders Stephen Hensor, Justin Kirk, and Ryan Smith earned honorable mention. Hensor, a freshman from Exeter City, England, played in every game, starting 13 and taking 14 shots.

Kirk put the ball in the back of the net four times and dished three assists. The sophomore's total of 11 points was second on the squad, while Smith, a sophomore and team co-captain, scored a goal and had an assist.

Freshman Jesse Servin, the lone OSU forward to earn all-conference selection, scored two goals and contributed an assist while playing in every game. He started 17 of the 19 contests, scored OSU's first goal of the season, and took 28 shots.

Christian vanBlommestein anchored the backfield for OSU and played his way to honorable mention while starting 18 games. The freshman took six shots on the year.

Stanford's Ryan Nelsen earned Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, as the senior midfielder helped the Cardinal to a 16-2-1 overall record.

Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors went to UCLA's Alex Yi, a midfielder/defender, while Stanford head coach Bobby Clark earned the conference Coach of the Year award.


Todd Dunivant, D, Stanford, Scott Leber, MF, Stanford, Ryan Lee, D, UCLA, Lee Morrison, D, Stanford, Ryan Nelsen, MF, Stanford, Bryn Ritchie, D, Washington, Chris Roner, MF, California, McKinley Tennyson Jr., F, UCLA, Shaun Tsakiris, MF, UCLA, Kendall Simmonds, F, California, Ben Somoza, MF, Washington, Adam Zapala, GK, Stanford.


Ramiro Arredondo, MF, California, Aaron Biddle, D, Stanford, Mike Casale, MF, Washington, DJ Countess, GK, UCLA, Josh Elbaum, MF, Oregon State, Mike Hickman, D, California, Mark Hogenhout, MF, Washington, Matt Olsen, MF, Oregon State, Billy Sleeth, D, Washington, Corey Woolfolk, F, Stanford, Alex Yi, MF, UCLA.

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