Men's Soccer Hosts Washington Friday

Oct. 29, 2001


COMING UP: OSU (5-8-0, 1-3-0 Pac-10) plays host the Washington Huskies (10-3-1, 2-2-0) who, like the Beavers, enter the matchup fresh off two road losses to Stanford and California. The teams kick off at 1 p.m. on Friday at Lorenz Field.

UW opened last weekend with a 1-0 surprise setback at the hands of California, and followed that with a 4-1 loss to Stanford on Sunday. OSU lost 4-0 to both schools while battling injuries and illness.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aaron McHardy became the second Beaver to be named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his play during the week ending Oct. 21. He joins Matt Olsen (2000) in that club.

McHardy earned the award for his play against Western Washington and UCLA, when he totaled nine points over the two-game span.

McHardy opened the weekend with a hat trick and an assist against WWU en route to tying a Lorenz Field scoring record with seven points in a 5-0 win over the Vikings.

The junior attacking midfielder netted the game winner in a 1-0 decision over UCLA two days later.

GETTING IN ON THE FUN: Despite Aaron McHardy scoring 20 of OSU's 57 points thus far, the rest of the attack has been very balanced, with 11 different players who have registered either a goal or an assist.

Among the rest of the statistical leaders are Ignacio Cid and Kevin Atkinson, who each have six points on two goals and two assists, and Alex Close, who has five points on one goal and three assists. A.J. Weber has netted two goals and tallied an assist for five points.

Last year, OSU had 68 points in 19 games. To date this season, the Beavers have racked up 57 points in 13 games with four to go.

GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT: OSU has done the majority of its scoring in the second half this year, tallying 13 goals in the second stanza and one in overtime compared to seven in the first half.

The Beavers have taken 108 second-half shots compared 73 in the first 45 minutes of games. Interestingly, opponents have followed the same trend, launching 128 second-half shots to 85 in the opening half.

EARLIER AT WASHINGTON: OSU gave Washington a battle in Seattle before falling 2-1. Ross Duncan tied the game at 1-1 when he put netted a shot off a deflected attempt by Ryan Smith three seconds before the end of the first half.

Peter Billmeyer tied what was then a career-high of 10 saves, marking the second game in a row with 10 stops.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers had a disappointing weekend at Stanford and California while battling injuries and illness. OSU dropped a 4-0 decision to then-No. 4 Stanford on Friday and lost to California by the same margin on Sunday.

OSU COACH DANA TAYLOR ON WASHINGTON: 'We're just going to have to work hard and we're going to have to make sure that on set pieces we really mark out Bryn Ritchie.'

TAYLOR ON THE TEAM'S ATTITUDE COMING HOME: 'There are a couple of things - first of all, playing on Fox Sports, guys are going to be up for that. They've contacted a lot of sororities and fraternities, so there should be a big student turnout, which bodes well for us.

'Washington lost both their games this weekend, so it's going to be the team that can rebound the quickest. For us, we had a lot of injuries and sickness on the team over the weekend.'

COACH TAYLOR ON THE TEAM'S CONDITIONING AND PHYSICAL PLAY ON THE FIELD: 'We have a fitness test that we administer at the beginning of the year, and my first year, we had four guys pass it. Last year, we had eight guys pass it, and this year we had 26 out of 28 pass it. So the guys are taking the program more seriously, they're taking care of the details off the field. They're fitter coming in, which has been good in the realm of injuries. We haven't had those - knock on wood - 'bigger injuries'.

'Fitness has been a key to that, and when you don't have to spend a lot of time on fitness and training, that means you can spend a little more time on the details. I'm very proud of the guys in regards to that.

'Right now, what you see is that a lot of teams that weren't fit (to begin the season) or didn't come in as fit as they needed to, now are fit. They've had enough matches, so that's really not as much of a factor as much as the psychological component.

'We've been recruiting guys here that, psychologically speaking, can run through a brick wall. Not only can they run for 90 minutes, but they can really concentrate for 90 minutes. What you're seeing now is those guys who were young players are now maturing on the field and off the field, so I think we've caught up to some of the other Pac-10 schools in the realm of athleticism. Now, we're starting to turn the corner. And when I say turn the corner, I mean the hardness of our player mentally, along with the concentration, you're starting to see.

IRONMAN: With his start on Oct. 28 against California, Ben Roth tied Fredrik Kummernes' record of 67 games played from 1995-98. The senior has played in every match this year (13), and has played every position except goalie in his career.

Roth's 59 career starts ranks highest among active OSU players.

MOVIN' ON UP: With 20 points on nine goals and two assists, Aaron McHardy has moved onto and up several OSU all-time lists. Here's a look at his progress.Career goals:

	3. Josh Dodson, 19	4. Jason Lensch, 18	    Fredrik Kummernes, 18	6. Dominick Conti, 16	    J.P. Capodanno, 16	8. Chris Scotti, 15	9. Scott Shone, 14	10. Aaron McHardy, 13Season points (gls/assts):	1. Rick Kempf, 35 (17/1)	2. Jeff Enquist, 28 (12/4	3. Garin Gregory, 25 (10/5)	4. Sean Young, 24 (9/6)	5. Josh Dodson, 23 (10/3)	6. Sean Young, 21 (10/1)	7. Greg Howes, 20 (7/6)	   Aaron McHardy, 20 (9/2)Season goals:	1. Rick Kempf, 17	2. Jason Lensch, 14	3. Jeff Enquist, 12	4. Garin Gregory, 10	   Sean Young, 10  	   Josh Dodson, 10	7. Sean Young, 9	    Aaron McHardy, 9

ON THE LOOKOUT: As the 2001 season progresses, several Beavers have a chance to set records or move up on OSU's various all-time lists.

Peter Billmeyer's 75 saves this year on top 57 last season give him a total of 132 for his young career. The sophomore from Omaha, Neb., passed Olin Glenne (1993-96) for second place on the all-time saves list after 23 career games. The next career total to overtake is Bryan Hill's 253.

Billmeyer has overtaken Colin McMillan (96 career saves) and Olin Glenne (120) so far this year on the career saves list.

With five shutouts this year, Billmeyer would join James Brazeau and Olin Glenn in third on the season shutouts list. Currently, Billmeyer has two. The record is seven, set by James Bain in 1990. The career saves record is 12, Billmeyer has four, with two this year.

Ryan Smith, a junior midfielder, had a streak of 34 consecutive starts snapped when he came off the bench in OSU's Sept. 9 match at San Francisco. Prior to that, the team co-captain had started every game he had played as a Beaver. He has now started 45 of 46 games.

Even more impressive is the fact that these streaks and potential records are being accomplished in the Pacific-10 Conference, which has the reputation as the toughest soccer conference in the nation.

YOUNG GUNS: The Beavers bring nine freshmen into the mix this year, along with seven sophomores, six juniors and only two seniors.

Of the seven sophomores, six saw significant action last season as freshmen. The remaining sophomore, transfer Nick Donaldson, was a member of Indiana's national championship runner-up squad last season.

Here's a look at the roster by class:

FRESHMENChad Bartlome (For.)Kiely Bondurant (Goal)Ignacio Cid (Mid.)Greg Jarmer (Def.)Brian Johnson (Def.)Matt Johnson (For.)Chad Nixon (Mid.)Joe Senn (Def.)A.J. Weber (Mid.)

SOPHOMORESPeter Billmeyer (Goal)Josh Boys (Def.)Nick Donaldson (Mid.)Ross Duncan (Mid.)Mark Muleady (Goal)Kurt Ness (Def.)Christian vanBlommestein (Def.)

JUNIORSKevin Atkinson (For.)Clay Carnahan (Def.)Alex Close (For.)Justin Kirk (Mid.)Aaron McHardy (Mid.)Ryan Smith (Mid.)Trevor Tharpe (Def.)

SENIORSNick Jensen (Mid.)Ben Roth (Def.)

TAKE COVER: The Beavers set a new school record in their 4-1 trouncing of San Diego State on Sept. 23 when they launched 39 shots. The old record was 33, set in a 3-0 home win over Gonzaga on Oct. 13, 1990.

The record is representative of the Beavers' potent attack, as OSU has capped off 181 shots so far. Last year's squad set the school benchmark with 248.

RETURNING HONOREES: Four Beavers who earned All-Pac-10 recognition after the 2000 campaign return this season. In all, eight Beavers earned all-conference recognition last year, the highest total in school history.

Graduated senior Matt Olsen and Josh Elbaum earned second-team all-conference, while Jesse Servin and Stephen Hensor claimed honorable mention. Peter Billmeyer (goal), Justin Kirk (midfield), Ryan Smith (midfield), and Christian vanBlommestein (defense) all earned honorable mention. The latter four return this season.

ROUGH ROAD: OSU faces another top-notch slate of opponents in 2001. The Beavers took on then-No. 2 Creighton (NSCAA poll) in their second game of the season and have two conference matches against No. 8 Washington and No. 4 Stanford.

OSU ALL-TIME RECORD: The Beavers now have an all-time record of 114-120-14 in overall play since the program's inception in 1988 under coach Jimmy Conway.

In league games, OSU is 31-45-6. Oregon State competed in the Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference for three years beginning in 1988, and in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation through the 1999 season. The Beavers began competition in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2000.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH DANA TAYLOR: Dana Taylor guided the Beavers to a 7-11-1 record overall and 1-6-1 in Pac-10 play in his second year at the helm of the OSU program as the Pac-10 began men's soccer play last year. Among the wins were triumphs over in-state rival Portland on Sept. 19, which was ranked No. 10 at the time (NSCAA poll), and Pac-10 rival UCLA (then No. 17) on Oct. 22. The Beavers went 5-12-0 in Taylor's first year.

Prior to coming to OSU, Taylor spent four seasons at perennial powerhouse Creighton, where he worked mostly with the goalkeepers. Taylor helped the Bluejays to a 63-17-6 record during his tenure, while the Bluejays captured two Missouri Valley Conference titles.

OSU ON TV: Oregon State's 1 p.m. home match on Nov. 2 against Washington will be replayed by Fox SportsNet on a date to be determined.

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 on the West Coast to both play and watch the sport.

The facility was touted by head coach Dana Taylor, who has seen many of the nation's best soccer facilities, as '... one of the best soccer-specific stadiums in the western United States. It's a state-of-the-art facility with good sightlines and it's easy for us to accomodate radio or television broadcasts.'

The main seating section holds approximately 1,000 fans and rises above the midfield line on the west sideline, total capacity is 1,500. A press box for media, statistics and film crews is located behind the main seating section.

OSU is 22-22-3 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season. The stadium is located a block southeast of Reser Stadium, just south of the intersection of 17th Street and Western Boulevard.

The Beavers went 4-4-1 at home last season, including wins over nationally ranked Portland (then No. 10) and UCLA (then No. 17). OSU is 2-0 at home this year.

MEN'S SOCCER TICKETS: All tickets for Oregon State men'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. OSU students are admitted free with OSU student identification card.

Local Bi-Mart stores have coupons good for two admissions for the price of one for OSU men's soccer games.

Men's soccer is also part of the OSU Six-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. AYSO youth soccer players are admitted free to all men's home soccer games when wearing their team jersey.

OSU SPORTS INFORMATION: More information on Oregon State men's soccer, interview requests, photographs and game credentials can be obtained by calling Travis Lahman in the Oregon State University Sports Information Office at (541) 737-3720. For interviews, please call at least 24 hours in advance. For game credentials, please call early because press box space is limited. Information is also available on the web at

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