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Oct. 30, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S SOCCER LOOKS TO CONTINUE MOMENTUM, BEAVERS TRAVEL TO SACRAMENTO STATE BEFORE SUNDAY'S CIVIL WAR SHOWDOWN WITH OREGON

Thursday November 1, 2001
OSU at Sacramento State - 2 p.m. PST, Sacramento, CA

Sunday November 4, 2001
Oregon at OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

A CLOSER LOOK AT SACRAMENTO STATE: Sacramento State University enters Thursday's match against Oregon State with a 5-9-1 overall record. The Hornets are looking to break a three-game losing streak when the meet the Beavers. Lisa Wrightsman leads the squad in total points (17), with a team-high seven goals and team-best three assists. Goalkeeper Amy Seely has played every minute for the Hornets, making 94 saves while allowing 25 goals for a 1.61 goals against average. As a team, Sacramento State has scored 16 goals on the season while its opponents have 25 tallies. The Hornets are averaging 11.1 shots per contest while their opponents take 18.2 shots per game.

BEAVERS AND HORNETS: Oregon State has a 2-3-0 all-time record against Sacramento State, dating back to the 1995 season. The Beavers won the first two meetings against the Hornets but Sac-State has reeled off three consecutive victories. Sacramento State recorded a 2-1 victory when the teams met last, during the 1999 season.

FENNAH ON SACRAMENTO STATE: 'The key is to go in with the right attitude, get our feet back on the ground and go there and give them the respect that they deserve. They are never an easy team to play against. All of the California schools always have athletes, so we have to give them the right amount of respect and the same attitude that we would have in a Pac-10 game and just play well.'

A CLOSER LOOK AT OREGON: University of Oregon enters Sunday's Civil War contest against Oregon State with a 7-7-1 overall record and 1-5-0 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. Senior Chalise Baysa leads the Ducks with 18 total points on the season. Baysa has tallied a team-high seven goals and four assists on the year. Beth Bowler and Nicole Garbin have tallied five goals each with Garbin scoring four game-winners. Keeper Sarah Peters has seen action in all 15 games for UO, recording 73 saves in 1317:51 minutes of action. Peters has allowed 21 goals for a 1.43 goals against average. As a team, Oregon ranks second in the Pac-10 in shots with 295 on the season.

BEAVERS AND DUCKS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with University of Oregon, 5-4-1. The Beavers reeled off five consecutive victories against the Ducks between 1988-90 but Oregon has won the Civil War four consecutive years (excluding last season's 2-2 tie), since both teams joined the Pacific-10 Conference in 1996. In 2001, Oregon jumped to a 1-0 lead at halftime but the Beavers knotted things up when Katie Henderson scored in the 52nd minute. The Ducks added a goal just a minute later when Crystal David hit from 25 yards out but the OSU evened the score in the 80th minute when Courtney Carter fired the ball into the back of the net. Both teams failed to score after two overtime periods, resulting in a tie. Carter and Morgan Crabtree led the Beavers with five shots each.

FENNAH ON OREGON: 'The Ducks game is always a game that can go either way - the phonebook and everything else goes out the window, it's about emotions on the day - it's the Civil War.'LOOKING BACK AT USC: Oregon State suffered a heartbreaking loss against University of Southern California last Friday. The Beavers had numerous opportunities to score throughout the game but were unable to capitalize as USC made several goal-saving plays. The Women of Troy scored the lone goal of the afternoon at the 34:45 mark when Ali Fennell knocked a loose ball into the net. OSU finished the match with a 14-13 advantage on shots.

LOOKING BACK AT UCLA: Oregon State upset No. 3 ranked UCLA, 2-1 on Sunday to record the Beavers' first Pacific-10 Conference victory since Oct. of 1999. The win also marked the first victory for OSU against UCLA since 1995. Junior Katie Henderson tallied her seventh goal of the season to put the Beavers on the board at the 19:05 mark. Sophomore Courtney Carter set up Henderson's goal from 15 yards out, with a perfectly placed through-ball. Freshman Jillian Nicks added what proved to be the game-winning goal for OSU in the 83rd minute off a pass from Henderson. UCLA managed to get on the board in the 87th minute but OSU keeper Jo Fletcher made a couple of big saves and the Beaver defense blocked a late Bruin attempt to preserve the victory. Fletcher amassed a career-high 16 saves on the afternoon, making several spectacular plays to keep the Bruins out of the net.

QUOTING FENNAH: (on the attitude of the team) - 'Our players have never lost the belief in themselves this season, it's not been hard to pick them up from one game to the next. They've had this very, very good inner confidence that they're doing well and are improving and doing better every game and that the wins would come.'

SENIOR DAY: Sunday's match against University of Oregon marks the final home game of senior Leila Kaady's four-year career at Oregon State. Kaady, a captain, has started all 15 games she's seen action in this season and ranks fifth on the squad in scoring with six points on two goals and two assists. The midfielder scored a goal and dished out an assist in OSU's season opener against Dayton University and scored the game-winning goal in the Beavers' 2-1 victory against No. 19 San Diego on Sept. 29. In her career, Kaady has tallied 4 goals and her nine assists rank in ninth place in the OSU career record books. Kaady and her parents, Riad and Elaine, will be honored prior to Sunday's Civil War.

HENDERSON HIGHLIGHTS: Junior midfielder Katie Henderson broke her individual single-season mark of goals scored after tallying her seventh of the year in Oregon State's 2-1 victory against No. 3 UCLA. Henderson had scored six goals during her freshman season. Henderson remains in 8th place in the OSU record books for goals scored in her career after recording her team-high seventh tally. The Littleton, Colo., native has a career total of 16 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 her single-season high of four assists Henderson makes her way 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. The junior has recorded 16 goals and nine assists for a total of 41 points, which ranks in 9th place in the record books. Henderson leads the Beavers with a total of 19 points on the season.

FLETCHER FACTS: Oregon State newcomer Jo Fletcher registered the best game of her career on Sunday against No. 3 UCLA. Fletcher, a transfer from University of Kentucky, made a career-high 16 saves in the Beavers' victory against the Bruins. Fletcher showed her athleticism in making numerous spectacular saves that gave UCLA just their second loss of the season. On the year, Fletcher has allowed 18 goals while recording 75 saves in 15 appearances. The junior currently holds a 1.23 goals against average. Fletcher also reached double figures in saves with 10 (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 four different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. The Beavers rank in a tie for second in the Pac-10 in saves (78), fourth in shots (221), while ranking fifth in assists (22) and assists per game (1.38).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Entering the week, junior Katie Henderson ranked in the Top-10 in three different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. Henderson is tied for seventh in points (18) and goals (7), while ranking in a tie for 10th in assists (4). Teammate Lindsey Beem ranks in a tie for sixth in assists with five and a tie for ninth in assists per game (0.31). Keeper Jo Fletcher has jumped up to second in the Pac-10 for saves (75) and saves per game (5.00).

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 16 games of 2001.

GETTING VOTES AGAIN: After upsetting No. 3 ranked UCLA on Sunday, Oregon State (8-7-1) is once again receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz Magazine West Region rankings. The Beavers garnered votes earlier in the season after getting off to their best start (7-1-1) in program history.

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 Stanford, No. 5 UCLA, No. 16 Washington and No. 23 California.

FENNAH FACTS: Steve Fennah, in his fourth season as Oregon State's head coach, has a 28-43-5 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 19-34-2 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season. The 2001 Beavers currently have a 5-4-0 record at home, including victories against nationally ranked opponents San Diego (No. 19) and UCLA (No. 3). 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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