Women's Soccer Enters Final Week Of Regular Season

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Nov. 7, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

WOMEN'S SOCCER HEADS INTO FINAL WEEK OF REGULAR SEASON AGAINST WASHINGTON SCHOOLS, BEAVERS HOPE TO FINISH STRONG AND EARN NCAA BERTH

Friday November 9, 2001
OSU at Washington State - 2 p.m. PST, Pullman, WA
(Fox Sports Northwest - tape delay)

Sunday November 11, 2001
OSU at Washington - 11 a.m. PST, Seattle, WA

A CLOSER LOOK AT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State University enters Friday's match against Oregon State with a 7-8-0 overall record and a 2-5 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. A pair of Cougars have scored six goals on the season with Rachel Rodrick leading the squad in both goals (6) and total points (17) while Katrina Stroh adds six tallies on the year and 15 points. Beth Childs' six assists are leading the team. Goalkeepers Sara Leibowitz and Lindsey Jorgensen have both seen action in goal. Jorgensen maintains a 1.47 goals against average in 12 appearances while Leibowitz has a 0.95 goals against average. The Cougars have taken 90 corner kicks on the year compared to their opponents' 53.

BEAVERS AND COUGARS: Oregon State has a 5-5-1 all-time record against Washington State, dating back to the 1988 season. The Cougars have won four of the last five meetings with two of the matches decided in overtime. In 2000, WSU out-shot the Beavers, 20-2 but both teams failed to score in regulation. Deka DeWitt's goal in the 100th minute gave the Cougars the 1-0 victory.

FAST FACT: The visiting team has won the last three meetings between Oregon State-Washington State. The Beavers travel to Pullman, WA on Thursday.

ON THE TUBE: Oregon State's game at Washington State will be broadcast on Fox Sports Northwest on a tape-delay basis. The match is scheduled to air at 4 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 11).

FENNAH ON WASHINGTON STATE: 'I think they're a team that we've been evenly matched with the last couple of years. We won up there a couple of years ago and then they won down here this year and both were by one goal. It will be a very competitive game.'

A CLOSER LOOK AT WASHINGTON: University of Washington brings an 11-4-1 overall record and 5-2 Pac-10 mark into the week before facing Oregon on Friday and playing the regular season finale against Oregon State on Sunday morning. The balanced Huskies have 13 players that have scored at least one goal on the season and seven players with three or more goals. Senior all-star Caroline Putz leads the squad in assists (6) and total points (14). Freshman forward Tina Frimpong leads the team in goals with six. All-American goalkeeper Hope Solo maintains a 0.68 goals against average in 1200:00 minutes of action. On the season, the Huskies have outscored their opponents 33-9.

BEAVERS AND HUSKIES: University of Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 9-3-0. The Huskies have won seven straight meetings with OSU's last victory coming in the 1994 campaign. Last season, the Beavers outshot No. 11 UW 17-15 and held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks. With the game tied 1-1 at halftime, neither team scored again until Theresa Wagner hit the double-overtime game-winner for the Huskies at the 116:09 mark.

FENNAH ON WASHINGTON: 'Washington is one of the top teams in the country, particularly very strong defensively. Hope Solo (goalkeeper) gives them a chance in every game plus they've added some pace and power up front - they will be a tough challenge.'

LOOKING BACK AT SACRAMENTO STATE: After giving up a goal just two minutes into the game, Oregon State battled back to score a pair of goals and knock off Sacramento State, 2-1, last Thursday. Freshman Jillian Nicks recorded her third assist of the year when she connected with Lindsey Beem for a goal in the seventh minute. Freshman Emily Hughes went on to tally her first career goal when she hit the game-winner off a pass from Courtney Carter at the 76:36 mark. The Beavers held a 20-7 advantage over the Hornets in shots.

LOOKING BACK AT OREGON: Sophomore Lindsey Beem recorded her first career hat trick and Oregon State topped Oregon for the first time in five seasons as the Beavers dominated the Civil War, 4-1, on Sunday. Beem started the scoring 11 minutes into the game after firing a direct kick to the back of the net. UO tied things up in the 23rd minute when Beth Bowler added a goal off a direct kick, but freshman Jillian Nicks scored what proved to be the game-winner for the Beavers, with just three seconds remaining before halftime. Beem added two more goals in the second half to extend the OSU lead. Beaver keeper Jo Fletcher left the game at the 56:27 mark after aggravating her hip flexor but freshman Gabby Nejedlo stepped in and played out the match, recording a career-high five saves.

HAT TRICK: Sophomore Lindsey Beem's hat trick against University of Oregon on Sunday was the first for the Beavers since BreeAnna Jolin scored three goals in OSU's 4-0 win at Gonzaga on Sept. 1, 1999.

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. The outcome of this weekend's games at the Washington schools will way heavily on Oregon State's position for selection to the Tournament. The Beavers currently boast a 10-7-1 overall record (their best since 1995). Oregon State's lone appearance in the NCAA tournament came in the 1994 season when the Beavers suffered an opening round loss (3-0) at the hands of University of Washington.

BEEM EARNS PAC-10 HONORS: Sophomore Lindsey Beem became just the second Oregon State women's soccer player to earn Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week honors when she garnered recognition for the week of Oc30-Nov. 5. Beem, from Vancouver, Wash., scored four goals on 11 shots in OSU's wins against Sacramento State (2-1) last Thursday and rival Oregon (4-1) on Sunday. Beem recorded the first Beaver hat trick since 1999 when she netted three goals against the Ducks. On the season Beem has six goals and five assists, ranking second on the squad with 17 points. Her 24 shots on goal are the most by an Oregon State player this year.

MORE QUOTES FROM FENNAH: (On the play of Lindsey Beem) - 'Lindsey had a great performance last weekend. We've been working hard at trying to get some goals from our midfield players - Lindsey came through. I also think she did well defensively, she got a couple of good tackles in at the right moment and had an overall good game.'

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 on Oct. 26. 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. Henderson added to her single-season high with an assist against Oregon on Sunday. On the season she now has five assists and her nine career dishes rank in a tie for eighth place in the OSU record books. Henderson's name also dots the OSU all-time career scoring leaders list. The junior has recorded 16 goals and 10 assists for a total of 42 points, which ranks in a tie with Karey Dyson (1993-96) for eighth place in the record books. Henderson leads the Beavers with a total of 20 points on the season.

FLETCHER FACTS: Oregon State newcomer Jo Fletcher earned Soccer Buzz.com Elite Team of the Week honors for (Oct. 23-29) after recording the best game of her career against No. 3 UCLA on Oct. 28. Fletcher, a transfer from University of Kentucky, made a career-high 16 saves in the Beavers' 2-1 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 20 goals while recording 77 saves in 17 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 five different Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. The Beavers rank third in shots (263), third in assists (28) and third in assists per game (1.56), while ranking in a tie for third in the Pac-10 in saves (85) and fourth in points (90).

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 third in assists (6) and tied for seventh in goals (7) and assists per game (0.33). She ranks seventh in points (20), and eighth in points per game (1.11). After a spectacular week, teammate Lindsey Beem ranks in a tie for ninth in assists (5) and a tie for 10th in goals (6). Keeper Jo Fletcher ranks third in the Pac-10 for saves (77) and seventh in saves per game (4.53).

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 18 games of 2001.

STILL GETTING VOTES: Having reeled off three consecutive victories, including a 2-1 win against No. 3 ranked UCLA on Oct. 28, Oregon State (10-7-1) is receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz Magazine West Region rankings for the second straight week. 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 26-15-2 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. 4 Stanford, No. 13 Washington and No. 17 California.

FENNAH FACTS: Steve Fennah, in his fourth season as Oregon State's head coach, has a 30-43-5 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 20-34-2 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season. The 2001 Beavers finished the regular season with a 6-4-0 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.

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