OSU Puts Seven-Game Win Streak On The Line At Cal, Stanford This Weekend
Oct. 9, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
GO BEAVS!: Through Oct. 6, the Oregon State women's and men's soccer programs rank fifth in the nation in combined winning percentage. Here's a breakdown:1. Stanford - women: 9-1-0, men: 9-1-0, overall: 18-2-0, Pct.: .9002. Wake Forest - women: 10-1-1, men: 8-0-2, overall: 18-1-3, Pct.: .8863. Connecticut - women: 10-1-1, men: 8-2-0, overall: 18-3-1, Pct.: .8414. Charlotte - women: 9-0-1, men: 6-3-0, overall: 15-3-1, Pct.: .8165. Oregon State - women: 7-2-2, men: 9-1-0, overall: 16-3-2, Pct. .810.
A LOOK AT CALIFORNIA: Something has to give this Friday, as the Bears (7-2-1) come into the weekend on a six-game winning streak and run into a Beaver squad that has won seven in a row. Among their six consecutive wins are triumphs over No. 22 Santa Clara (2-1 score), Tulsa (2-0), which OSU beat 3-0 on Sept. 15, and St. Mary's (4-0), which OSU beat 4-2 on Oct. 6. Against other teams ranked in the NSCAA poll, Cal beat then-No. 7 Portland 2-1 in overtime and lost 1-0 to then-No. 7 Southern Methodist.
Offensively, Mike Munoz leads the Bears with 12 points on five goals and two assists. The Bears have totaled 15 goals on the year, but have allowed just seven, giving Cal a 0.68 goals-against average. In goal, Josh Saunders has a 0.70 GAA and a 7-2-1 record that includes five shutouts.
OSU HISTORY WITH CALIFORNIA: OSU is 4-10-1 all-time against Cal, and has not won since a 2-1 decision in Berkeley in 1996. The Beavers and Bears played to a 1-1 standstill in 2000. The Beavers are winless in their last seven meetings with Cal.
A LOOK AT STANFORD: The Cardinal (9-1-0) enters the weekend ranked No. 1 by the NSCAA. The Cardinal has outscored opponents 28-8, and is second in the Pac-10 to OSU with its 28 goals scored. Offensively, Roger Levesque leads the conference with 12 assists in 10 games and is tied for the points lead with OSU's Alan Gordon with 22 points. The Cardinal has four players in double-figure points. Robby Fulton and Andrew Terris have split time in goal, with Fulton seeing 508 minutes of action and allowing just one goal for a 0.18 goals-against average. Terris has a 1.56 GAA. The Cardinal own three wins over teams that were nationally ranked at the time, downing No. 7 SMU 3-2, No. 14 Portland 2-0, and No. 22 Santa Clara 3-0. They most recently squeaked by San Jose State 2-1 in double-overtime. In games with opponents common to OSU, the Cardinal narrowly topped St. Mary's 1-0 on Sept. 15 (OSU won 4-2) and Portland 2-0 (OSU won 2-1), and lost to Tulsa 3-1 (OSU won 3-0 when Tulsa was ranked 12th in the nation).
OSU HISTORY WITH STANFORD: Stanford owns a 12-1-2 record against Oregon State, with OSU's lone win coming by a count of 5-0 in 1995 in Corvallis. Two of the last four matches have been decided by one goal. The second match in 2000 was decided in overtime.
OSU RANKED: The Beavers broke into the national rankings for the first time in the history of the program on Monday, earning the No. 18 spot in the Soccer America poll. OSU is ranked seventh in the NSCAA's Far West region poll. Here's a glance at the regional rankings: 1. Stanford (9-1-0), 2. Loyola Marymont (10-0-2), 3. San Diego (10-2-0), 4. UCLA (5-1-2), 6. Cal (7-2-1), 7. Oregon State (9-1-0), 8. Cal State-Northridge (7-1-1), 9. Portland (7-4-1), 10. Washington (3-3-3).
The top five regional teams are ranked nationally: Stanford (1), LMU (8), San Diego (12), UCLA (16), UC-Santa Barbara (24).
Collegesoccernews had OSU ranked 24th.