Men's Soccer Tries To Make It Three In A Row Against Bruins

Nov. 6, 2001


COMING UP: OSU (5-9-0, 1-4-0 Pac-10) heads to Tinseltown to take on the UCLA Bruins (8-6-4, 3-2-1) on Friday, Nov. 9 in a 2 p.m., match.

OSU has owned the Bruins in the teams' last two meetings, having beaten UCLA 1-0 in a match at Lorenz Field on Oct. 21 and 2-1 in Corvallis on Oct. 22 of last year.

OSU comes into the match after dropping a hard-fought match to Washington last Friday by a count of 1-0, but the Beavers boast one of the Pac-10's finest offensive threats in Aaron McHardy. McHardy, the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 21, has 20 points on nine goals and two assists this year.

UCLA comes home after a successful two-game road swing that took the Bruins to Stanford and California last weekend.

UCLA managed a scoreless tie at No. 4 Stanford and a 1-0 win over California.

Offensively, the Bruins' chief scoring threat comes in the form of No. 2 Tim Pierce, who has six goals to his credit this year along with two assists for a total of 14 points.

In the backfield, Herman Award candidate Alex Yi leads a stingy defense that has allowed only 17 goals on the year (0.9/game average), and has not surrendured a score in its last three games.

In goal, Zach Wells has played all but 37 minutes, and has his GAA at 0.83 for the year while saving 77 shots and posting seven shutouts.

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.

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 113 second-half shots compared 80 in the first 45 minutes of games. Interestingly, opponents have followed the same trend, launching 136 second-half shots to 94 in the opening half.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Oregon State dropped UCLA in Corvallis for the second meeting in a row on Oct. 21 by a score of 1-0. Aaron McHardy tallied his ninth goal of the year when he lobbed in a shot late in the first half after UCLA keeper Zach Wells charged from the net and was unable to control the ball, leaving the net wide open.

The score held up, as the Beavers played shutout ball in the second half and Peter Billmeyer recorded 11 saves.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers fell short in their upset bid of No. 12 Washington in Corvallis last Friday, dropping a 1-0 decision on a Jimmy Stark score in the 71st minute. Both teams had scores nullified by either a foul or an offside.

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

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.)

HEAD COACH DANA TAYLOR ON HIS TEAM'S CONFIDENCE IN PLAYING UCLA AFTER BEATING THEM TWICE IN A ROW: 'Yes, we feel pretty good about it, but it's always a different story playing them on their own pitch. We're going to have to be that much better than the effort we gave last time. We're going to have to be that much more organized and give an extra effort.

'We've been struggling in front of the goal in the last few games and we're going to have to finish the opportunities presented.

'The good part is the guys are feeling much healthier and hopefully we'll be ready to play.

TAYLOR ON THE TEAM'S CHARACTER: 'Character is something we've been working on from day-one when I first got here. In building the program, I decided I could go one of two ways. We could either do a real easy schedule or a hard schedule. I decided to go with a tough schedule, because when you play the best teams on a regular basis, you know when you've arrived as a team.

'We're real close right now, and sometimes being so close is that much more frustrating. Having said that, I'm very proud of the guys and their work ethic and the way they play for each other. Those are the building blocks for a successful program.

'Everyone looks great when they're winning, but when you go through tough times, you really have to focus on character, and that's what we've done and the players have done a great job of that.

'I really respect the guys for lifting each other up and pulling each other along. We've gone through a bit of a tough time lately with guys being sick and injured, but they really battled last week. I think we're through the rough period.'

TAYLOR ON UCLA: 'We want to finish up the season strong. We're going down there to win, not just to compete. It's about representing our school and each other - we still want a couple more wins.

'Individually, UCLA has a lot of great players, and I think what we need to do is we need to be more organized than them. As in the last game against them, we need to capitalize on the mistakes they give us.'

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 against Washington on Nov. 2, Ben Roth broke Fredrik Kummernes' (1995-98) record for games played by making his 68th career appearance. The senior has played in all 14 matches this year, and has played every position except goalie in his career.

Roth's 60 career starts ranks highest among active OSU players.

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 83 saves this year on top 57 last season give him a total of 140 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 season 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 46 of 47 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.

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 has faced 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. 10 Washington and No. 3 Stanford. The Beavers face UCLA and California twice, with UCLA having been in and out of the top-20 poll this year.

OSU ALL-TIME RECORD: The Beavers now have an all-time record of 114-121-14 in overall play since the program's inception in 1988 under coach Jimmy Conway.

In league games, OSU is 31-46-6. 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.

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 22-23-3 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


KEVIN ATKINSON: Scored his first career goal in 4-1 win over San Diego State... tallied an assist vs. SDSU and against WWU... scored goal against CSUN in 3-2 win... six points, 36 shots.

CHAD BARTLOME: The freshman has 19 shots in 12 games... first career goal came against Valparaiso... scored against WWU... four points... has worked his way into the regular rotation off the bench.

PETER BILLMEYER: The sophomore goalkeeper and team co-captain has saved 83 shots in OSU's 14 games and has a 1.77 goals-against average... two shutouts... career-high 11 saves in 1-0 win over UCLA... has set or matched career highs in saves three times this year... recorded 10 saves in 3-2 win over CSUN after breaking his nose against Valparaiso two days earlier... 10 saves against Washington... 5-9-0 record... played every minute in goal this year (1,322:55).

JOSH BOYS: The sophomore defender earned a spot on the all-tournament team for his play in the Creighton Diadora Classic and has started 10 games.

IGNACIO CID: The freshman midfielder has 34 shots... has two assists... assists came at Creighton and in 3-2 win over Sacramento State... scored first career goal in 3-2 win over CSUN and scored again in 5-0 win over WWU... six points.

ALEX CLOSE: The junior forward has played in 13 games... has one goal and three assists... scored goal in 4-1 win over San Diego State... assists came against Sacramento State, Valparaiso, and CSUN... five points, 16 shots.

NICK DONALDSON: The sophomore transfer midfielder has played in every game and has one assist and 10 shots... assist came against San Diego State.

ROSS DUNCAN: Scored against Sacramento State and Washington... four points, eight shots... played in 13 games.

NICK JENSEN: The senior midfielder has two shots in 13 games played.

BRIAN JOHNSON: The freshman has worked his way into the starting lineup and has now started 11 games.

AARON MCHARDY: Leads the team in scoring with 20 points on nine goals and two assists... named to the Creighton Diadora Classic All-Tournament Team... two goals came against No. 2 Creighton in a 4-2 loss on Sept. 2... scored on a penalty kick to win game in 2OT against Sacramento State... also had an assist vs. Sac. St.... scored again in win over San Diego State... scored against CSUN... recorded three goals and an assist against Western Washington, tying Lorenz Field record with seven points... scored again in 1-0 win over UCLA... 35 shots.

KURT NESS: Started 12 games as a back... one assist came in win over San Diego State... seven shots.

BEN ROTH: Roth has played in an OSU record 68 career games, breaking Fredrik Kummernes' old mark of 67... 60 starts is tops on the squad... has played every position in his career except goalie... six shots... played in every game this year.

RYAN SMITH: The junior midfielder and team co-captain had his streak of 34 consecutive starts ended when he came off the bench in OSU's 1-0 loss at San Francisco... has now started 46 of 47 games he has played... recorded an assist at UW... assisted again in win over WWU... 11 shots.

CHRISTIAN vanBLOMMESTEIN: The sophomore defender and team co-captain has battled injuries and started 12 games... one assist... started in the midfield in the second match against Washington.

A.J. WEBER: The freshman has five points on two goals and an assist... goals came against Sacramento State and San Diego State... tallied an assist in 5-0 win over Western Washington... played in eight games.

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