OSU's Recruiting Class Ranked 20th Nationally

Aug. 1, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

The Oregon State men's soccer team's recruiting class has been ranked 20th in the nation in a poll released by CollegeSoccerNews.com.

Head Coach Dana Taylor, entering his fourth year at the helm of the OSU program, will have nine newcomers to the squad when full-team practices begin Aug. 14.

The class includes transfers Alan Gordon, a junior forward who earned NSJCAA First-Team All-America honors at Yavapai Junior College, and Brian Farber, who owns North Idaho College's all-time points record (66).

Joining Gordon and Farber will be Alex Asai (Def., Portland, Ore.), Gabriel Huss (For., Phoenix, Ariz.), Ryan Johnson (For., Boston, Mass.), Matt LaMont (Goal, Grants Pass, Ore.), Ryan Samuelson, (For./Mid., Omaha, Neb.), Daniel Smith (Def., Scottsdale, Ariz.), and Joe Zaher (Mid., Las Vegas, Nev.).

OSU's class was rated ahead of Pacific-10 rivals California (No. 21) and Stanford (No. 36), as well as Creighton (No. 30), where Taylor spent four years as an assistant coach.

The Beavers begin play Aug. 30 with a match at Northwest rival Gonzaga at 4 p.m.

2002 COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS TOP 40 RECRUITING CLASSES

1. Virginia, 2. Connecticut, 3. Furman, 4. Indiana, 5. Clemson, 6. Portland, 7. Penn State, 8. Bradley, 9. UCLA, 10. South Carolina, 11. North Carolina, 12. Wake Forest, 13. Southern Methodist, 14. Notre Dame, 15. Maryland, 16. St. Louis, 17. Washington, 18. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 19. Duke, 20. Oregon State, 21. California, 22. Kentucky, 23. Rutgers, 24. Boston University, 25. Dayton, 26. Southwest Missouri State, 27. Michigan, 28. Northwestern, 29. New Mexico, 30. Creighton, 31. Evansville, 32. South Florida, 33. UC-Santa Barbara, 34. St. John's, 35. Santa Clara, 36. Stanford, 37. Ohio State, 38. American, 39. Michigan State, 40. Richmond.

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