Women's Soccer Hosts Eastern Washington And San Diego

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Sept. 26, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S SOCCER RETURNS TO ACTION FRIDAY AND SATURDAY,BEAVERS HOST EASTERN WASHINGTON AND SAN DIEGO

Friday September 28, 2001
Eastern Washington at OSU - 12 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Saturday September 29, 2001
San Diego at OSU - 4 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Oregon State University and University of San Diego will play on Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m. Originally scheduled for Sunday, September 30, the match was moved up a day due to flight conflicts for San Diego. Admission is free to fans but be aware that Oregon State's football team faces UCLA at 12:30 p.m. so parking near the Lorenz Field will be difficult.

A CLOSER LOOK AT EASTERN WASHINGTON: Eastern Washington University hosts University of Idaho on Wednesday afternoon before traveling to Corvallis, OR, to face Oregon State on Friday. The Eagles entered the week with a 1-4-0 record with their lone victory coming in a double overtime game against Hawaii on Sept. 10. EWU dropped its match with Washington State, 8-0, on Sept. 8 and has an all-time record of 0-5 against Pacific-10 Conference teams. The Eagles have been outscored by their opponents 16-3 on the season and average 11.4 shots per game while allowing 21.2 attempts. Freshman Liz Hail has scored two of the squads three goals on the year.

BEAVERS AND EAGLES: Oregon State and Eastern Washington have faced each other on two occasions, with the Beavers coming out on top in both instances. The Eagles have failed to score a goal in the series with OSU picking up 6-0 (1997) and 2-0 (1998) victories.

A CLOSER LOOK AT SAN DIEGO: University of San Diego brings a 5-1-0 record into this week's road-swing against the Oregon schools. The Toreros face University of Oregon on Friday before meeting Oregon State on Saturday. USD is coming off a tough 2-0 loss against No. 2 UCLA last Friday but the Toreros recorded a 1-0 win against USC last Tuesday. San Diego is currently ranked No. 19 in the Soccer Buzz Top 25 and is receiving votes in the NSCAA/Coaches Poll. The balanced USD lineup has three players that have scored two goals on the year and four others that have put the ball in the back of the net once. San Diego is outscoring its opponents 10-6 over the first six games of 2001.

BEAVERS AND TOREROS: San Diego leads the all-time series with Oregon State 1-0. The Toreros topped the Beavers 4-0 on September 1, 1996 in the Portland State Invitational Tournament.

QUOTING FENNAH: (On Friday's match with Eastern Washington) - 'We need to play our best and give them the right amount of respect to be successful.' (On Saturday's match with San Diego) - 'It should be a very good game with San Diego. They are a good team - one of the best teams in the west region, and in the country. We're excited.'

LOOKING BACK AT PORTLAND STATE: Oregon State took advantage of three second half goals to run away with a 3-0 victory against Portland State on Tuesday. Senior BreeAnna Jolin scored her first goal of the season and 12th of her career, to put the Beavers on the board in the 68th minute. Sophomore Courtney Carter added a goal at the 77:13 mark when her penalty kick soared past Portland State's keeper's outstretched arms. Junior Katie Henderson finished off the scoring in the 81st minute, taking a breakaway pass from freshman Katie Magnuson, for her team-leading sixth goal of the season. OSU had 29 shots in the match while holding the Vikings to just six attempts.

MORE GOALS: Oregon State has scored 17 goals over the first seven games of the season - the Beavers' second best scoring start ever. OSU is outscoring its opponents 17-8 and the Beavers are averaging 2.4 goals per contest.

HENDERSON HIGHLIGHTS: Junior midfielder Katie Henderson moved into a tie for 8th place in the OSU record books for goals scored in her career after recording her team-high fifth tally of the year against Idaho last Friday and then adding goal number six against Portland State on Tuesday. The Littleton, Colo., native has a career total of 15 goals, which moves her past Chellie Kennedy (1988-91) in the record books. Karey Dyson (1993-96) is next on the ladder with 17 goals. Henderson's name now also dots the OSU all-time career scoring leaders list. Henderson has recorded 15 goals and seven assists for a total of 37 points, which ranks in 9th place in the record books. Henderson has matched her individual season-high with six goals and leads the Beavers with a total of 15 points on the season.

MOVIN' ON UP: Oregon State senior midfielder Leila Kaady moved into sole possession of ninth place in the OSU record books for assists with nine in her career. Kaady's pass set up teammate Lindsey Beem's goal in the 14th minute against Gonzaga University on Sunday. Kaady has a goal and a pair of assists on the season.

FAB FROSH: Freshman forward Jillian Nicks is making an immediate impact for the Beavers in the category of scoring. Nicks tallied the first two goals of her Oregon State career with shot against University of Idaho last Friday and what proved to be the game-winner against Gonzaga University on Sunday. Over the past three games, the Issaquah, WA native has tallied 10 shots, five shots on goal and two scores.

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 eight goals while recording 30 saves in the first seven games of 2001. The junior currently holds a 1.13 goals against average while opposing keepers are allowing 2.39 goals per contest.

MAKING THE DISH: Oregon State ranks third in the Pacific-10 Conference with a total of 14 assists over the first six matches of 2001. California leads the Pac-10 with 21 assists in seven games.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Entering the week, junior Katie Henderson ranked in the Top-5 in three different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. Henderson ranks 5th in scoring (12 points), tied for 5th in goals (5) and tied for 4th in game-winning goals (2). Keeper Jo Fletcher is tied for 1st in the Pac-10 for saves with 27 and ranks 5th with 4.50 saves per game.

ONE MORE WIN: Oregon State (5-1-1) needs just one more victory to match its season win total from 2000 (6-13-2).

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 23-14-2 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. 6 California, No. 8 Stanford, and No. 16 Washington.

FENNAH FACTS: Steve Fennah, in his fourth season as Oregon State's head coach, has a 25-37-5 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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