Women's Soccer Heads To Arizona

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Oct. 17, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S SOCCER HITS THE ROAD FOR ARIZONA,BEAVERS FACE ARIZONA STATE FRIDAY AND UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA ON SUNDAY

Friday October 19, 2001
OSU at Arizona State - 7 p.m. PST, Tempe, AZ

Sunday October 21, 2001
OSU at Arizona - 1 p.m. PST, Tucson, AZ

A CLOSER LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State University enters Friday's match with Oregon State looking to break a four-game losing streak. The Sun Devils opened Pacific-10 Conference action with a pair of 3-2 losses at USC and No. 2 UCLA. ASU jumped to an early 2-0 lead against the Bruins but UCLA rallied for three goals (two in the second half) to remain undefeated. Sophomore forward Patrice Feulner leads the Sun Devils in scoring with 21 points on a team-high nine goals and three assists. On the season Arizona State has outscored its opponents 24-14 despite attempting five fewer shots. Keeper Kristin Slater has appeared in all 12 games recording 49 saves and a 1.03 goals against average in 959:50 minutes.

BEAVERS AND SUN DEVILS: Oregon State has an 0-4-0 record against Arizona State since the squads' first meeting in 1997. The Sun Devils have outscored the Beavers 9-1 in the series. In 2000, OSU held Arizona State scoreless in the first half but the Sun Devils rallied to score in the 57th minute on a goal from junior Antoinette Maranovic. ASU added another goal in the 75th minute on a goal from junior Stacey Tullock to record the 2-0 victory.

FAST FACT: Arizona State University is one of just two Pacific-10 Conference teams that Oregon State has never beaten. The Beavers are 0-4-0 against the Sun Devils and have an 0-9-0 record against Stanford University.

A CLOSER LOOK AT ARIZONA: University of Arizona enters the week with a 3-7-1 overall record, looking to break a current six-game losing streak against University of Oregon on Friday before facing Oregon State on Sunday. The Wildcats suffered a pair of 2-0 losses at UCLA and USC in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play. Freshman forward Candice Wilks has a slight edge in scoring for UA with 11 points on five goals and one assist. Three Wildcat players have scored 10 points on the year. Senior Kristi Lorona is tied for the team lead in goals scored with five. Senior keeper Shannon Monti has seen played all 1026 minutes of the season, tallying 59 saves and a 2.02 goals against average.

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with University of Arizona, 3-2-1 dating back to 1995. The Beavers have outscored the Wildcats 12-9 in the first six meetings. Last season OSU had the majority of scoring chances against Arizona, taking a 24-8 advantage in shots, but the Beavers were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie.

LOOKING BACK AT STANFORD: No. 9 ranked Stanford University held on for a 2-1 victory against Oregon State in last Friday's Pacific-10 Conference opener. The Cardinal jumped in front when Natalie Sanderson tapped a loose ball into the back of the net 26 minutes into the contest. Stanford added another goal in the opening of the second half but the Beavers rallied back as sophomore Courtney Carter tallied her fifth goal of the season with a shot at the 61:31 mark. Freshman Jillian Nicks recorded the first assist of her career on the play, when her direct kick set up Carters's goal.

LOOKING BACK AT CALIFORNIA: Oregon State outplayed No. 17 California for most of Sunday's match but the Beavers were unable to get on the scoreboard and the Bears rallied to score a pair of goals in the second half to record the 2-0 victory. The Bears edged the Beavers in shots, 13-9. OSU freshman keeper Gabby Nejedlo, making her first career start, recorded one save on the afternoon.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has not won a Pacific-10 Conference game since beating Washington State (3-2) in Pullman, WA, on Oct. 24, 1999.

ANOTHER FAST FACT: Eleven different Oregon State players have recorded at least one assist over the first 12 games of the season.

SCORING MORE: Sophomore Courtney Carter's goal against No. 9 Stanford University last Friday was Oregon State's 22nd of the year. The Beavers scored a total of 21 goals in 21 games last season. In 2000, OSU had 21 goals on 298 shot attempts while the Beavers have scored 22 goals in 181 attempts over the first 12 games of 2001.

TOURNAMENT TALK: The NCAA Division I women's soccer championship bracket has been expanded from 48 to 64 teams in 2001. Seven Pacific-10 Conference teams reached the NCAA tournament last season. Oregon State is currently tied for the fourth-most wins in the Pac-10 with seven victories.

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.

CARTER HONORED: Oregon State sophomore Courtney Carter has been named the US Bank OSU Woman of Distinction for the month of October. The award recognizes outstanding female student-athletes for their academic achievements and community involvement. Carter, a business administration major, maintains a 3.63 GPA. She is the community service chair for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and recently coordinated the SAAC food drive. Her efforts helped raise over 14,000 pounds of food for the Linn-Benton Food Share. In addition, Carter has participated in the Read Across America program in local elementary schools and has spoken to student-athletes at Corvallis High School. On the field, Carter currently ranks second on the with 10 total points and five goals scored. Carter, from West Linn, OR, tallied two goals on 35 shots as a freshman.

MAKING THE START: Oregon State freshman goalkeeper Gabby Nejedlo made her first career-start on Sunday against No. 17 California. Nejedlo, from North Vancouver, B.C., has appeared in two games for the Beavers, having recorded a pair of saves on the year.

ALSO IN GOAL: Oregon State newcomer Jo Fletcher has spent the majority of the season as goalkeeper. Fletcher, a transfer from University of Kentucky, has allowed 13 goals while recording 47 saves in the first 11 appearances. The junior currently holds a 1.22 goals against average. Fletcher recorded a season-high 10 saves (all in the second half) against No. 4 ranked University of Portland on Oct. 6.

AMONG THE PAC-10 LEADERS: Oregon State ranks in the Top-5 in five different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. The Beavers rank third in the Pac-10 in assists (20) and corner kicks (60), tied for fourth in points (64), while ranking fifth in shots (181) and saves (49).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Entering the week, junior Katie Henderson ranked in the Top-10 in four different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. Henderson ranks seventh in goals (6) and points (15), ninth in points per game (1.25) and 10th in goals per game (0.50). Teammate Lindsey Beem ranks in a tie for fourth in assists with five while Courtney Carter breaks into the Top-10, tying for 10th in goals with five. Keeper Jo Fletcher is fifth in the Pac-10 for saves with 47 and is in fourth with 4.27 saves per game.

STILL GETTING VOTES: Despite three consecutive losses against Top-20 teams, Oregon State (7-4-1) continues to receive votes in the Soccer Buzz Magazine West Region rankings. The Beavers got off to their best start in school history with a 7-1-1 record to open the season.

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. Eight freshmen have seen playing time for the Beavers this season. Defender Melena Ertler leads all newcomers, starting all 12 games 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. 8 Stanford, No. 16 California, and No. 20 Washington.

FENNAH FACTS: Steve Fennah, in his fourth season as Oregon State's head coach, has a 27-40-5 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.

FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST: The replay of Sunday's Fox Sports broadcast of Oregon State's game against No. 17 California will be televised on Thursday (Oct. 19) at 12 p.m. on Fox Sports Northwest.

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 18-33-2 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season. The 2001 Beavers currently have a 4-3-0 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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