Women's Soccer Hosts L.A. Schools
Oct. 24, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Friday October 26, 2001
Southern California at OSU - 3 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
Sunday October 28, 2001
No. 3 UCLA at OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
A CLOSER LOOK AT USC: University of Southern California enters Friday's match with Oregon State with a 7-4-1 overall record and 2-1 Pacific-10 Conference mark. The Women of Troy had won four straight before dropping Sunday's contest at UCLA. The Bruins rallied to score a pair of goals for the 2-1 victory, after USC took the lead in the 5th minute on a goal by senior Brittany Savelkoul. Savelkoul is tied with Freshman Shannon Cross for the team lead in goals with four. Cross is a perfect 2-for-2 on penalty kicks. Ten different players have scored goals on the season for Southern Cal and junior Ali Fennell leads the squad with three assists. The Women of Troy's staunch defense has allowed an average of 9.2 shots per game while USC is taking 15 shots per outing. Senior keeper Shaelyn Fernandez has 44 saves while allowing just 12 goals in 975:00 minutes for a 1.11 goals against average.
BEAVERS AND WOMEN OF TROY: Oregon State has a 2-6-0 all-time record against USC, dating back to the 1993 season. The Beavers won the first two meetings against the Women of Troy but Southern Cal has dominated OSU since, reeling off six consecutive victories and outscoring the Beavers 26-8. In 2000, Oregon State trailed No. 21 USC 2-0 at halftime but rallied to score a pair of goals (BreeAnna Jolin and Leila Kaady) in a two-minute span to knot the score in the 50th minute. Southern California proceeded to score the game-winner at the 73:03 mark on a shot by Andrea Warner and the Women of Troy added two more tallies to make the final, 5-2.
FENNAH ON USC: 'USC plays fairly direct which is always difficult to play against. They've always been a very strong team in our conference and I don't think this year is any exception. It's a game that we feel we can go into and match up well. It'll come down to whether or not we can score in the opportunities we create.'
A CLOSER LOOK AT UCLA: No. 3 ranked UCLA enters the week with a 12-1-0 overall record and a perfect 3-0 mark in the Pac-10. The Bruins suffered their first loss of the season last Thursday at No. 2 Santa Clara. The Broncos rolled to a 3-0 victory, breaking UCLA's 11-game winning streak. Senior Stephanie Rigamat leads the squad and ranks second in the Pac-10 with 10 goals on the season. Fellow senior, Mary-Frances Monroe has nine goals and three assists on the year. As a team, UCLA has allowed its opponents to score just eight goals over the opening 13 games and has recorded eight shutouts. The Bruins lead the Pac-10 in shots with 20.69 per game. Goalkeeper CiCi Peterson has seen action in all 13 games, allowing just seven goals while making 39 saves for a 0.59 goals against average, tops in the conference.
BEAVERS AND BRUINS: Oregon State has a 1-5-0 all-time record against UCLA. The Beavers recorded a 3-0 victory in the 1995 series opener but the Bruins have proceeded to win five straight. UCLA is outscoring OSU, 14-4, including 5-0 over the last two seasons. In 2000, the Beavers held the No. 2 ranked Bruins scoreless over the opening 46 minutes but UCLA rallied for three second half goals to earn the 3-0 victory. OSU managed just one shot in the contest while UCLA tallied 24.
FENNAH ON UCLA: 'UCLA is just loaded with individual talent and they can beat you from a number of different positions. The key for us is to continue to defend very well, continue to possess the ball as much as we can, and in particular take the opportunities that we do create.'
FAST FACT: Five of the six games in the series between Oregon State and UCLA have been shutouts. The Beavers have one shutout victory over the Bruins while UCLA has held OSU scoreless on four occasions.
LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA STATE: Oregon State held Arizona State scoreless for the first 74 minutes of last Friday's match but the Sun Devils scored on a breakaway to record the 1-0 victory. Lindsey Beem, Leila Kaady, Morgan Crabtree and Katie Henderson all recorded strong games for OSU. Henderson held ASU standout Stacey Tullock in check all evening and Crabtree led the Beavers with three shots.
LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA: University of Arizona rallied for a pair of goals to knock off Oregon State, 2-1 in overtime on Sunday. Sophomore Stephanie Lucas scored her second goal of the season on a crossing pass from Katie Henderson to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead at the 47:01 mark but the Wildcats tied things up in the 82nd minute to send the game to OT. Oregon State keeper Jo Fletcher made eight saves on the afternoon.
QUOTING FENNAH: (on the ASU and UA games) - 'Last weekends games were both heartbreakers, in particularly the Arizona State game. Anyone who watched the game saw one of the best performances certainly that our team has ever had. There were a lot of Oregon State fans there and they were very excited about how we played - but then again, winning comes back to the fact that you have to score goals...and we didn't. The team was excited about how we played but disappointed with the outcome of the game.'
MORE FROM FENNAH: (on this week's practices) - 'The game is all about scoring goals and we've been working hard in practice to try and make that happen. We've been pleased with the attitude of the team, even with the disappointments they came back yesterday and worked very, very hard and were very upbeat and are excited about USC on Friday.'SEARCH CONTINUES: Oregon State's last Pacific-10 Conference victory was a 3-2 win against Washington State in Pullman, WA, on Oct. 24, 1999.
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. With an assist against University of Arizona on Sunday, Henderson moves into the OSU record books for assists, ranking in a 10th place tie with a total of eight in her career. Henderson's name also dots the OSU all-time career scoring leaders list. Henderson has recorded 15 goals and eight assists for a total of 38 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 16 points on the season.
FLETCHER FACTS: Oregon State newcomer Jo Fletcher has spent the majority of the season as starting goalkeeper. Fletcher, a transfer from University of Kentucky, has allowed 16 goals while recording 56 saves in 13 appearances. The junior currently holds a 1.26 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.
INJURY WATCH: Senior Leila Kaady missed Sunday's game against Arizona due to an ankle sprain but will be ready for action this Friday against USC. Sophomore Lindsey Beem has been nursing a sore shin but is also expected to be ready for action against the Women of Troy.
AMONG THE PAC-10 LEADERS: Oregon State ranks in the Top-5 in four different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. The Beavers rank fourth in the Pac-10 in assists (21) and shots (197), while ranking fifth in saves (59) and assists per game (1.50).INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Entering the week, junior Katie Henderson ranked in the Top-10 in five different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. Henderson is tied for eighth in points (16), tied for ninth in goals (6) and assists (4), while ranking 10th in points per game (1.14) and goals per game (0.43). Teammate Lindsey Beem ranks in a tie for fifth in assists with five and a tie for eight in assists per game (0.36). Keeper Jo Fletcher is fifth in the Pac-10 for saves with 56 and ranks sixth with 4.31 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. Eight freshmen have seen playing time for the Beavers this season. Defender Melena Ertler leads all newcomers, starting all 14 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. 3 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 16 Washington and No. 22 California.
FENNAH FACTS: Steve Fennah, in his fourth season as Oregon State's head coach, has a 27-42-5 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 18-33-2 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.