Women's Soccer Faces No. 4 Ranked Portland Saturday

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Oct. 3, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S SOCCER LOOKS TO EXTEND FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK, BEAVERS FACE No. 4 PORTLAND IN FINAL TUNE-UP BEFORE PAC-10 COMPETITION

Saturday October 6, 2001
OSU at Portland - 2:15 p.m. PST, Portland, OR

A CLOSER LOOK AT PORTLAND: University of Portland will travel to Eugene to face University of Oregon on Wednesday before returning home to host Oregon State on Saturday. The Pilots enter the week ranked No. 3 in the Soccer Buzz National Poll and No. 4 in the NSCAA Poll with a 7-1-0 record. Portland has won seven straight since dropping its season opener to UCLA (1-0). The Pilots are averaging 17.6 shots per game while their opponents are averaging just 8.2 shots. Freshman Christine Sinclair is leading the squad in goals scored (5) and assists (3). Sinclair has a .488 shots on goal percentage, hitting 5 of 20 attempts. UP has a 2-1 record against Pac-10 schools this season - beating Washington (1-0) and Washington State (1-0) on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

BEAVERS AND PILOTS: University of Portland leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 19-1, dating back to 1982. OSU's lone victory was a 3-2 win in Corvallis during the 1994 season. The Pilots have taken four straight against the Beavers.

QUOTING FENNAH: (On Saturday's match with No. 4 Portland) - 'Portland is a very successful team. They are a well coached, disciplined, strong defensive team.' (In order for OSU to be successful) - 'We need to play with discipline and exploit the situations we have advantages in.'

SCHEDULE CHANGE OF NOTE: Oregon State has rescheduled its match at Sacramento State University for Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. The Beavers and Hornets were originally scheduled to meet on Sept. 14 but the game was canceled due to the tragic events of Sept. 11 on the East Coast.

LOOKING BACK AT EASTERN WASHINGTON: Oregon State sophomore Lindsey Beem scored one goal and assisted on another as the Beavers shut out Eastern Washington, 2-0, last Friday. Beem scored with just :25 seconds on the clock before halftime, heading in a shot from 4 yards out after teammate Katie Henderson's attempt ricocheted off the crossbar. Freshman Jillian Nicks added an insurance goal in the 60th minute, taking a pass from Beem and driving through a pair of defenders to fire a shot to the back of the net from the top of the box. Nineteen different OSU players saw action on the afternoon and the Beavers maintained a 30-4 advantage on shots.

LOOKING BACK AT SAN DIEGO: Senior Leila Kaady scored the game-winning goal in the 95th minute as Oregon State knocked off No. 19 San Diego, 2-1, in overtime last Saturday. The victory propelled the Beavers to their best start in school history with a 7-1-1 record. OSU fell behind 1-0 at halftime but sophomore Courtney Carter took a pass from Lindsey Beem and headed it into the net in the 55th minute to tie things up. The Beavers dominated the second half, taking 13 shots and finished the game with a 19-16 shots advantage.BIG WIN: Oregon State's 2-1 victory against No. 19 San Diego was the Beavers' first victory over nationally ranked opponent since 1999 when OSU topped No. 11 Virginia, 2-0. Oregon State looks to continue its winning streak against ranked teams when the Beavers face No. 4 Portland on Saturday, No. 7 Stanford next Friday (Oct. 12) and No. 6 California next Sunday (Oct. 14) - three Top 10 squads in nine days.

DOMINATING: Oregon State has dominated its opponents in the last two games. The Beavers had a 49-21 advantage on shots taken including a 29-9 second half shots total against their opponents last weekend. For the season, OSU has recorded 159 shots while allowing 107.

BITS ON BEEM: Sophomore Lindsey Beem scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in OSU's 2-0 victory against Eastern Washington last Friday. The midfielder also added an assist against the Eagles and then added another assist in Oregon State's 2-1 victory against No. 19 San Diego on Sunday. Against USD, Beem's pass setup a header by Courtney Carter to send the match into overtime. A graduate of Jesuit High School, Beem has recorded four points while taking nine shots in Oregon State's last two games. Beem's five assists on the season ranks first in the Pacific-10 Conference.

HENDERSON HIGHLIGHTS: Junior midfielder Katie Henderson moved into 8th place in the OSU record books for goals scored in her career after recording her team-high sixth tally of the year against Portland State last 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 that she recorded as a freshman in 1999 with six goals and leads the Beavers with a total of 15 points on the season.

STANDOUT SOPHOMORE: Oregon State sophomore Courtney Carter ranks second on the team with four goals scored on the season. Carter, from West Linn, OR, has four goals on 13 shots for a team-leading .308 shot percentage. Carter tallied two goals on 35 shots as a freshman.

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 nine goals while recording 36 saves in the first nine games of 2001. The junior currently holds a 1.04 goals against average while opposing keepers are allowing 2.29 goals per contest.

AMONG THE PAC-10 LEADERS: Oregon State ranks in the Top-3 in seven different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. The Beavers lead the Pac-10 in corner kicks (52), rank second in shots (157) and saves (37), while ranking third in points (61), shutouts (3), assists (19), and goals (21).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Entering the week, junior Katie Henderson ranked in the Top-10 in five different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. Henderson ranks fourth in goals (6), fifth in points (15), fifth in game-winning goals (2), 10th in shots (22) and 10th in assists (3). Teammate Lindsey Beem ranks in a tie for first in assists with five while Morgan Crabtree breaks into the Top-10 for the first time this season, ranking 10th in shots with 22. Keeper Jo Fletcher is tied for second in the Pac-10 for saves with 36 and is tied for fifth with 4.0 saves per game.

GETTING VOTES: Off to its best start in school history with a 7-1-1 record, Oregon State is currently receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz Magazine West Region rankings.

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 25-14-2 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) Poll, No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 California, No. 7 Stanford, and No. 14 Washington.

FENNAH FACTS: Steve Fennah, in his fourth season as Oregon State's head coach, has a 27-37-5 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 18-31-2 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season. The 2001 Beavers currently have a 4-1-0 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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