Women's Soccer Returns To Action

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Sept. 18, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S SOCCER RETURNS TO ACTION,BEAVERS HIT THE ROAD FOR MATCHES AGAINST IDAHO AND GONZAGA

Friday September 21, 2001
OSU at Idaho - 3 p.m. PST, Moscow, ID

Sunday September 23, 2001
OSU at Gonzaga - 1 p.m. PST, Spokane, WA

CATCHING UP ON THINGS: Oregon State canceled its match at Sacramento State last Friday due to the tragic events that occurred on the East Coast. The Beavers postponed Sunday's (Sept. 16) match against Portland State and have re-scheduled the game for Tuesday September 25, at 4 p.m. in Corvallis. Every Pacific-10 Conference soccer match was canceled over the weekend.

A CLOSER LOOK AT IDAHO: University of Idaho enters the week with a 1-3-1 overall record before facing Portland State University on Tuesday afternoon prior to hosting Oregon State on Friday. Senior Megan Cummings has scored a pair of goals on the season and leads the team in shots with 15 while sophomore Emily Nelson leads the team in points with six, on two goals and a team-high two assists. The Vandals have faced two Pac-10 teams this season, tying Oregon (1-1) on Sept. 5 and dropping a match with Washington (0-4) on Sept. 9. UI has amassed 67 shots on the season while its opponents have taken 98. Idaho has been out-scored 7-1 in the opening period of play.

BEAVERS AND VANDALS:Oregon State leads the all-time series with University of Idaho, 3-0-0. The Beavers took last season's Aug. 29 contest by a score of 2-1 on goals by Whitney Horn and Dante Lipfert. OSU took 17 shots in the match while the Vandals managed just seven.

A CLOSER LOOK AT GONZAGA: Gonzaga enters the week searching for its first victory of the season against Washington State on Friday before hosting Oregon State on Sunday. The Bulldogs (0-3-1) have yet to score a goal on the season. Sophomore Kelly Leffel leads the team in shots with eight while junior Claire Whitfield is second on the squad with seven shots. Freshman keeper Brooke Longacre has recorded 27 saves in four appearances and maintains a 1.73 goals against average. The Zags have attempted 46 shots on the season compared to their opponents' 86 attempts.

BEAVERS AND BULLDOGS: Oregon State has a perfect 8-0-0 record when facing Gonzaga University. The Beavers have topped the Bulldogs every season since the series began in 1992. OSU has outscored the Zags 29-1 with GU's lone goal coming in the 1994 meeting. Last season's closely contested match saw the Beavers earn a 1-0 victory on a goal from BreeAnna Jolin at the 85:47 mark.

QUOTING FENNAH: (On this weekends matches with Idaho and Gonzaga) - 'Both teams work very, very hard for their coaching staff. They work from the first minute to the last minute and they make things difficult for you to go out and play. We've asked our team to give them the right amount of respect. Not to go in and give them too much respect, but to understand that they will make us work very hard and they can be dangerous. We need to go in with the right frame of mind in that sense and then take care of things on our own side and we should come away doing well.'

LOOKING BACK AT PURDUE: Oregon State's offense was stymied as Purdue University spoiled the Beavers' home-opener with a 2-0 victory on Sept. 7. Both teams battled to a scoreless tie in the opening half but the Boilermakers took advantage of an OSU defensive breakdown to score in the 71st minute of play and added an insurance goal at the 80:29 mark. The Beavers finished the match with 13 total shots and seven shots on goal while Purdue had 14 shots and six on goal.

LOOKING BACK AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Oregon State got back on track with a 2-0 shutout victory against Loyola Marymount University on Sept. 9. Junior Katie Henderson continued her hot-scoring, tallying her fourth goal of the season at the 25:35 mark on a pass from Mandy Melendez. Despite taking just two shots in the opening half, the Beavers had a 1-0 lead at intermission. Junior Morgan Crabtree added her first goal of the year with a 25-yard boot in the 72nd minute. OSU's pressure defense held the Lions to just one shot on goal during the match.

HENDERSON HIGHLIGHTS: Junior midfielder Katie Henderson moved into a tie for 9th place in the OSU record books for goals scored in her career after recording her team-high fourth tally of the year against Loyola Marymount on Sept. 9. The Littleton, Colo., native has a career total of 13 goals, which moves her into a tie for 9th place with Cacey Zimmer (1990-93). Chellie Kennedy (1988-91) is next on the ladder with 14 goals. Henderson's name now also dots the OSU all-time career scoring leaders list. Henderson has recorded 13 goals and six assists for a total of 32 points, which ranks in a tie for 9th in the record books with Kennedy. After just one weekend of action, Henderson has a team-high 10 points.

THE BACK OF THE NET: Oregon State scored a total of nine goals in its opening four 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 four matches.

GOOD START: Oregon State has scored five goals in the opening period of play, while holding its opponents scoreless. The Beavers are out-scoring the opposition 9-4 after four games.

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 four goals while recording 17 saves in the first four games of 2001. The junior currently holds a 1.05 goals against average while opposing keepers are allowing 2.37 goals per contest.

MAKING THE DISH: Oregon State ranks fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference with a total of nine assists in the opening four matches of 2001.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Junior Katie Henderson ranks in the Top-5 in six different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. Henderson is currently tied for 3rd in scoring (10 points), tied for 4th in goals (4) and ranks 5th in points per game (2.50). Teammates Lindsey Beem and BreeAnna Jolin are tied with Henderson in third place with two assists, while keeper Jo Fletcher ranks fourth in the Pac-10 for saves with 17 and fifth with 4.25 saves per game.

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 21-14-1 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 four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America), No. 2 UCLA, No. 7 Stanford, No. 13 California and No. 17 Washington.

FENNAH FACTS: Steve Fennah, in his fourth season as Oregon State's head coach, has a 23-37-4 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 currently have coupons available for 2 admissions for the price of 1 to select women's soccer matches. 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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