Women's Soccer Opens 2001 Season

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Aug. 28, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S SOCCER KICKS OFF ACTION,BEAVERS HEAD TO FALCON INVITATIONAL,OPEN SEASON AGAINST DAYTON AND AIR FORCE

Friday August 31, 2001
OSU vs. Dayton - 1 p.m. PST, Colorado Springs, CO
(Falcon Invitational Tournament)

Sunday September 2, 2001
OSU at Air Force - 12 p.m. PST, Colorado Springs, CO
(Falcon Invitational Tournament)

LOOKING BACK: Oregon State finished the 2000 season with a 6-13-2 overall record. The Beavers took five teams to double-overtime and had contests against seven teams ranked in the Top-25. For the first time since the 1995 campaign, OSU had three players earn honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference honors. Senior goalkeeper Jerika Duran, sophomore midfielder Morgan Crabtree and sophomore defender Whitney Horn each earned accolades.

LOOKING FORWARD: Fourteen players and seven starters return for the Beavers while 11 newcomers join the squad for 2001. Junior midfielder Morgan Crabtree and junior defender Whitney Horn head the list of returners after earning honorable mention Pac-10 accolades as freshmen. Crabtree led last season's squad in shots taken with 48 and was tied for the team lead with four assists. Horn, a defensive stalwart, saw action in 19 games with 17 starts in 2000 and knocked in one goal while taking 10 shots.

LOOKING AT DAYTON: University of Dayton kicks off its regular season Friday against Oregon State in the opening round of the Falcon Invitational. Dayton topped Miami by a score of 1-0, in an exhibition contest on Aug. 25. The Flyers had 18 shots on goal compared to just five by Miami. Freshman Jen Simonetti scored at the 87:10 mark off a corner kick by teammate Megan McKnight. Dayton finished the 2000 season with 16-5-0 record.

LOOKING AT AIR FORCE: Air Force Academy will kick-off the 2001 season on Friday against UC-Irvine before hosting Oregon State on Sunday. The Falcons lost seven seniors from last season's 6-14-1 squad.

SERIES NUMBERS: The Falcon Invitational marks the first ever meeting between Oregon State and the University of Dayton. The Beavers will also square-off against Air Force for the first time at the Invitational.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: Oregon State has just two seniors on its 2001 roster but seven juniors round-out the upperclassmen. Six sophomores make their return while 11 newcomers were added.

FENNAH ON THE SENIORS: 'We are very excited about our leadership, both seniors, BreeAnna Jolin and Leila Kaady have come back extremely fired up and ready to go which you can tell in the atmosphere they've set in practice. They're setting a high tone and setting a high standard that pushes the level we've been in the past.'

FENNAH ON THE JUNIOR CLASS: 'If you look on paper, our experience doesn't seem huge but our junior class has pretty much played every minute of every game since they've been here. To some extent the junior class was my first recruiting class here since most of the recruiting had been completed the year I was hired.'

IN THE POLLS: Oregon State's incoming class of players was ranked No. 12 in the 45-team West Region by Soccer Buzz Magazine for Top Recruiting Classes of 2001.

FENNAH ON THE NEWCOMERS: 'Some of them obviously will compete for starting spots right away, but there are no givens. There are obviously high expectations on them and we're confident that they can do well and have gained in the short time they've been here.'

IN GOAL: Oregon State lost honorable mention All-Pac-10 goalkeeper Jerika Duran to graduation but look to fill the hole with a talented pair of newcomers in junior transfer Jo Fletcher and true freshman Gabby Nejedlo. Fennah thinks, 'The goalkeeping spot might turn out to be one of our stronger spots. We have a transfer from Kentucky, Jo Fletcher, who's very athletic and has some experience to go with it, having been the National Team keeper in England before coming to the United States. Gabby Nejedlo may not have experience at the college level but has experience at the International level as a member of the Canadian U-19 National Team.'

SCORING THREAT: After struggling to get the ball in the net over the past couple of seasons, Oregon State is hoping to utilize new team speed and athleticism to push past its opponents. According to Fennah, 'We will once again be a team that looks to maintain possession, we have some increased athleticism around the field and all of the new players have done a good job coming in, their added explosiveness and speed ties in very well.'

SEASON OPENER: Oregon State has lost five consecutive season openers dating back to a 2-1 victory against Connecticut in 1995. Current head coach Steve Fennah has an 0-3 mark in the first game of the season but has a perfect 3-0 mark in the second match of the year.

NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Oregon State has compiled an 18-13-1 record against non-conference opponents since head coach Steve Fennah took the reigns in 1998.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE: Oregon State competes in one of the toughest women's soccer conferences in the country. The Pacific-10 Conference sent seven teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2000, including national championship runner-up UCLA. Currently five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America), No. 2 UCLA, No. 7 Washington, No. 14 California, No. 15 Stanford and No. 19 USC.

FENNAH FACTS: Steve Fennah, in his fourth season as Oregon State's head coach, has a 20-36-4 record at OSU. In 1998, Fennah took over the program and tripled the Beavers' win total from the previous season with a 6-12-1 mark, OSU then surpassed its 1998 victory total by gaining its seventh win just 11 games into 1999 and Oregon State finished 8-11-1. Fennah spent 5 years coaching at Jesuit High in Beaverton, Ore. Fennah guided Jesuit to 4 straight Oregon Class 4A state titles in his final 4 seasons at the school. He led the Crusaders to an 84-2-6 record and top-8 national rankings in each of his 5 seasons.

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 and statistics and film crews is located behind the main seating section. OSU is 14-30-2 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season. The Beavers finished the 2000 season with a 4-7-1 record at home. The stadium is located a block southeast of Reser Stadium, just south of the intersection of 17th Street and Western Boulevard.

TICKET INFORMATION: All tickets for Oregon State women'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. For special team rates of $2 per player, contact the Beaver ticket office in advance. OSU students are admitted free with OSU student identification card. Local Bi-Mart stores have coupons good for 2 admissions for the price of 1 for OSU women's soccer games. Women's soccer is also part of the OSU 6-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.

SPORTS INFORMATION: More information on Oregon State women's soccer, interview requests, photographs and game credentials can be obtained by calling Michelle Westerberg in the Oregon State University Sports Information Office at (541) 737-8898. 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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