Women's Soccer Opens Home Campaign Against Purdue

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Sept. 5, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S SOCCER OPENS HOME CAMPAIGN,BEAVERS HOST PURDUE UNIVERSITY FRIDAY AND LOYOLA MARYMOUNT SUNDAY

Friday September 7, 2001
Purdue at OSU - 5 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Sunday September 9, 2001
Loyola Marymount at OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

A CLOSER LOOK AT PURDUE: Purdue University brings a 1-1 record into Friday's contest with Oregon State. The Boilermakers won their season opener against Georgetown (3-1) but were stopped by Southern Methodist (2-1) on Sunday in the Boilermaker Challenge Cup. Freshman forward Lauren Sesselmann leads the team with five points, on a pair of goals and an assist. Senior Elizabeth Boldt and junior Jocelyn Cavalier have split time in goal during the first two games. Purdue has recorded 33 shots compared to its opponent's 25 so far this season.

A CLOSER LOOK AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Loyola Marymount University will face Baylor on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles, CA, before heading to Corvallis for a 2 p.m. match against Oregon State on Sunday. The Lions won their season opener last Friday against No. 23 Michigan, by a score of 3-2. Sophomore midfielder Laura Trask scored a pair of goals in the victory. LMU enters the week coming off a 2-1 loss to Pacific, despite recording 15 shots compared to the Tigers' 13. Keeper Elizabeth Skhal has recorded 10 saves while allowing four goals in the opening two games.

SERIES NUMBERS: This Friday's soccer match marks the first ever meeting between Oregon State and Purdue University. The Beavers will also square-off against Loyola Marymount for the first time on Sunday.

LOOKING BACK AT DAYTON: Oregon State opened the 2001 season in a big way last Friday with a 4-1 victory against University of Dayton in the Falcon Invitational. The Beavers got on the board early when junior Katie Henderson recorded the first goal of the season at the 11:24 mark off a pass from senior BreeAnna Jolin. Sophomore Courtney Carter added what proved to be the game-winning goal just 24 minutes into the match off a through ball from Leila Kaady. Kaady got on the scoreboard as well, with a long goal on a pass from Henderson and sophomore Stephanie Lucas headed in a pass from Henderson late in the second half. The game was called after the 73rd minute due to a lightning storm in the area.

LOOKING BACK AT AIR FORCE: Oregon State reeled off its second consecutive victory with a 3-1 win against Air Force in the final game of the Falcon Invitational. The Beavers took a 1-0 lead into halftime after a header from Katie Henderson off a corner kick by sophomore Lindsey Beem. OSU added two more goals in the second half when Whitney Horn headed a corner kick from Beem and Henderson booted her third goal of the season on a pass from freshman Emily Hughes. Beaver keeper Jo Fletcher recorded seven saves including several diving stops to keep the Falcons out of the net.

FENNAH ON THE OPENING WEEKEND: 'We're pleased with our performance and look good going forward. We were able to create opportunities and take advantage of them to score. Defensively we were solid and Jo Fletcher did an outstanding job in goal.'

TOURNAMENT TIME: With its two victories in the Falcon Invitational, Oregon State was crowned tournament champion. Junior Katie Henderson was named offensive most valuable player for the tournament after scoring three goals and dishing out two assists in the two games.

HENDERSON HIGHLIGHTS: Junior midfielder Katie Henderson moved into 10th place in the OSU record books for goals scored in her career after blasting three in the Falcon Invitational. The Littleton, Colo., native has a career total of 12 goals, which moves her past teammate BreeAnna Jolin (11) into the top-10. Henderson's name now also dots the OSU all-time career scoring leaders list. Henderson has recorded 12 goals and six assists for a total of 30 points which ranks 10th in the record books. Chellie Kennedy (1988-91) is next on the ladder with 32 points scored in her career. After just one weekend of action, Henderson has a team-high eight points.

WINNING STREAK: Oregon State's 4-1 victory against Dayton last Friday marked the first time the Beavers had won their season opener since the 1995 campaign. Prior to 2001, OSU had started the season with back-to-back victories on just two other occasions (1991 and 1995) since becoming a competitive sport in 1988. The Beavers reeled off five consecutive victories to start the 1995 season en route to an all-time best 14-6-0 record.

THE BACK OF THE NET: Oregon State scored a total of seven goals in its first two games of 2001. The Beavers recorded just 21 tallies in the entire 2000 season. Last season OSU scored more than two goals in just one contest, the Beavers have already doubled that total after playing just two matches.

KEY CORNERS: Sophomore Lindsey Beem recorded the first assists of her career on Sunday afternoon against Air Force. Beem successfully booted a pair of corner kicks that teammates Katie Henderson and Whitney Horn converted into goals.

TO SHOOT, TO SCORE: Three Oregon State players have a shot on goal percentage of 1.000 after the opening weekend of action. Senior Leila Kaady, junior Whitney Horn and sophomore Courtney Carter have each attempted one shot on goal this season and each of their balls found the back of the net. As a team, Oregon State has a .292 shot percentage while its opponents have a .080 mark.

SOLID KEEPER: Oregon State newcomer Jo Fletcher has filled the role of goalkeeper quickly for the Beavers. Fletcher, a transfer from University of Kentucky, has allowed just two goals while recording 12 saves in the first two games of 2001. The junior currently holds a 1.11 goals against average while opposing keepers are allowing 3.88 goals per contest.

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.

NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Oregon State has compiled a 20-13-1 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. 12 California, No. 15 Washington, No. 16 Stanford and No. 23 Arizona State.

FENNAH FACTS: Steve Fennah, in his fourth season as Oregon State's head coach, has a 22-36-4 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. 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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