Women's Soccer Opens Pac-10 Action

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Oct. 10, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S SOCCER LOOKS TO GET BACK ON WINNING TRACK, BEAVERS OPEN PAC-10 PLAY WITH No. 9 STANFORD AND No. 17 CALIFORNIA

Friday October 12, 2001
No. 9 Stanford at OSU - 3 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Fox Sports Northwest - tape delay)

Sunday October 14, 2001
No. 17 California at OSU - 11:30 a.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Fox Sports West - tape delay)

A CLOSER LOOK AT STANFORD: Ninth ranked Stanford University brings a 7-1 record to Corvallis on Friday to face Oregon State. The Cardinal are coming off their first loss of the season last Friday at the hands of No. 6 Santa Clara (2-1). The Broncos stopped Stanford's 13-match home winning streak when Aly Wagner hit a free kick from 30 yards out in overtime. Junior forward Marcia Wallis leads the squad in scoring with seven goals and a total of 18 points. Sophomore Marcia Ward is not far behind with six goals and a team-high five assists for 17 points. Eight different Cardinal players have scored goals this season and 13 players have recorded at least one assist. As a team, Stanford leads the Pac-10 in goals per game (3.00) and assists per game (3.25).

BEAVERS AND CARDINAL: Oregon State has an all-time 0-8-0 record against Stanford University, dating back to 1990. The Beavers have never scored more than one goal against the Cardinal and have been outscored 28-5 over the series. In 2000, the teams met in the regular season finale with No. 20 Stanford scoring the lone goal of the contest in the 63rd minute on a shot by junior Christy LaPierre. The Cardinal maintained a 16-8 advantage on shots.

FAST FACT: Stanford University is one of just two Pacific-10 Conference teams that Oregon State has never beaten. The Beavers are 0-8-0 against the Cardinal and 0-4-0 against Arizona State University.

TIME CHANGE TO NOTE: Oregon State has rescheduled Sunday's match against No. 17 California for 11:30 a.m. The game was originally scheduled to start at 1 p.m. but was moved earlier in the day to accommodate California's flight reservations.

A CLOSER LOOK AT CALIFORNIA: University of California enters the week with an 8-2-1 overall record and No. 17 national ranking. The Golden Bears travel to Eugene on Friday to face University of Oregon, prior to visiting Oregon State on Sunday. Cal has struggled in its last two matches, dropping a 1-0 game at No. 21 Saint Mary's last Friday and then settling for a 3-3 tie at San Francisco on Sunday. Junior forward Laura Schott leads the team and the Pacific-10 Conference in goals scored with 11 on the year. A graduate of Jesuit High School, Schott played for OSU head coach Steve Fennah as a prep. Five Cal players have scored at least three goals on the season and the Bears are outscoring their opponents 28-13. As a team, California leads the Pac-10 in points (84), goals (28) and assists (28).

BEAVERS AND BEARS: California leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 9-2-0, and the Bears have won the last five meetings. The Beavers last victory was a 2-0 shutout during the 1995 season. Last year, No. 15 Cal had a commanding 18-3 advantage in shots against OSU en route to a 2-0 victory on goals by Natalie Stuhlmueller and Laura Schott. The Bears have outscored Oregon State, 8-0 over the last three seasons.

FAST FACT: Oregon State's five goals against California in 1994 are the most goals the Beavers have scored in a Pacific-10 Conference game. OSU went on to win the match by a score of 5-1 for its first career victory against Cal.

LOOKING BACK AT PORTLAND: No. 4 ranked University of Portland won its ninth straight match with a 2-0 victory against Oregon State last Saturday. The Pilots maintained a 21-5 advantage in shots and tallied 17 shots in the second half. In a bright spot, OSU keeper Jo Fletcher recorded a career-high 10 saves (all in the second half).

SHOTS ON GOAL: University of Portland's 12-3 advantage on shots taken on goal against Oregon State last Saturday, marked the first time this season that the Beavers were out-shot on goal.

BATTLING THE BEST: Oregon State's 2-1 victory against No. 19 San Diego on Sept. 29, was the Beavers' first victory over nationally ranked opponent since 1999 when OSU topped No. 11 Virginia, 2-0. Oregon State dropped its match last Saturday against No. 4 Portland, 2-0 and the Beavers will face a pair of ranked squads this weekend - No. 9 Stanford (Friday) and No. 17 California (Sunday).

PAC-10 OPENER: Oregon State has not won a Pacific-10 Conference opener since a 1-0 victory at Washington State in 1995. Last season the Beavers opened conference action with a 1-1 tie against University of Arizona.

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 on Sept. 25. 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.

BITS ON BEEM: Sophomore Lindsey Beem scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in OSU's 2-0 victory against Eastern Washington on Sept. 28. 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 Sept. 29. Against USD, Beem's pass setup a header by Courtney Carter to send the match into overtime. Beem was one of just three OSU players to attempt a shot on goal in Oregon State's 2-0 loss at No. 4 University of Portland last Saturday. A graduate of Jesuit High School, Beem has recorded four points while taking 10 shots in Oregon State's last three games and ranks second on the squad with nine points on the year (2 goals and 5 assists).

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 11 goals while recording 46 saves in the first 10 games of 2001. The junior currently holds a 1.14 goals against average while opposing keepers are allowing 2.07 goals per contest. Fletcher recorded a season-high 10 saves (all in the second half) against No. 4 ranked University of Portland last Saturday.

AMONG THE PAC-10 LEADERS: Oregon State ranks in the Top-5 in five different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. The Beavers rank second in the Pac-10 in saves (47), third in corner kicks (53) and assists (19), while ranking fourth in shots (162) and points (61).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Entering the week, junior Katie Henderson ranked in the Top-10 in four different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. Henderson ranks fifth in goals (6), sixth in points (15), eighth in points per game (1.50) and ninth in goals per game (0.60). Teammate Lindsey Beem ranks in a tie for first in assists with five while keeper Jo Fletcher is tied for second in the Pac-10 for saves with 46 and is in fourth with 4.60 saves per game.

STILL GETTING VOTES: Despite its 2-0 loss at University of Portland last Saturday, Oregon State (7-2-1) continues to receive 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 25-15-2 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 27-38-5 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.

ON THE TUBE: Friday's Oregon State-Stanford match will be televised by Fox Sports Northwest on a tape delay basis. The game will be broadcast on Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Sunday's Oregon State-California match will be televised by Fox Sports West on a tape delay basis with an air-date to be named later.

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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