OSU Seeks Record Win This Weekend

Oct. 29, 2002


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SEEKING RECORD WIN: With two more wins, OSU will set the school record for most wins in a season with 13, eclipsing the 1989 squad's mark of 12-6-2. The Beavers' 11 wins are the second most in the program's history, and are the most since 1991, when the squad went 11-6-0 while playing in the Northwest Colleges Soccer Conference. OSU was a member of the NWCSC from 1989-1991.

LAST ACTION: In Corvallis, Oregon State earned its second Pac-10 win of the year Sunday with a 5-1 win over Fresno State. The win came on the heels of a 3-0 loss to No. 4 UCLA on Friday.

Against UCLA, the Beavers rang up 25 shots to the Bruins 14, including a 16-7 margin in the second half. However, UCLA capitalized on its opportunities, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime and pushing the final margin to 3-0 by the 74th minute. Tim Pierce scored the first two UCLA goals, and Cliff McKinley added the final score. OSU forced Bruin keeper Zach Wells to make a team-record-tying 11 saves on the day, as Joe Zaher and Alan Gordon launched six shots each.

Two days later, OSU rebounded with a second-half barrage that put four goals on the board in a span of 17 minutes to turn what was a tight 1-1 game at halftime into a rout. After falling behind 1-0 on a Jeremiah LeRoy goal in the 17th minute, Alan Gordon brought OSU even with his Pac-10 leading 11th goal of the year. After 39 scoreless minutes, Zaher, Chad Bartlome, Matt Johnson, and Ryan Johnson each tallied goals over the next 17 minutes to salt the game away.

A LOOK AT FRESNO STATE: After a 5-1 loss to the Beavers on Sunday, the Bulldogs (3-8-4 overall, 0-4-1 Pac-10) enter the weekend winless in their last seven matches. Fresno State did play then-No. 1 Stanford to a scoreless tie in Fresno, and lost to UCLA 2-1, California 1-0, and Washington 1-0. Kupono Low, Joshua LeRoy, and Marvin Sorto lead the Bulldogs with five points apiece, and Jeremy Proud sports a 1.34 goals-against average in net. Prior to the loss to OSU, Proud's GAA was a stingy 1.07. With the exception of the OSU game, FSU has surrendered 16 goals in 14 games. However, the offense has produced only 11 scores.

OSU HISTORY WITH FRESNO STATE: Oregon State claimed its first win over FSU on Oct. 27 in a series that dates back to 1992. The series now stands at 1-4-0. The teams had not played since 1995, and OSU had been outscored 9-1 prior to Sunday's 5-1 victory.

A LOOK AT UCLA: The Bruins (10-1-2, 5-0-0) enter the weekend ranked second in the country, moving up two spots from last week. UCLA has won five games in a row, and is on an eight game unbeaten streak overall. During the streak, UCLA tied No. 13 Rutgers and No. 1 St. John's, and beat No. 1 Stanford in overtime. Tim Pierce, who scored two goals in UCLA's 3-0 win over Oregon State on Oct. 25, leads the team with eight goals and five assists for 21 points. In goal, Zach Wells owns a 0.55 goals-against average and has saved 55 shots. The Bruins have six shutouts this year.

OSU HISTORY WITH UCLA: The Beavers have won two of the last four matches against the Bruins, but have lost the last two, including a 3-0 setback on Oct. 25. OSU has never won in Los Angeles, going 0-6-0, and is 2-8-0 all-time against the Bruins. In 10 games with UCLA, OSU has scored four goals.

EXCUSE ME, BUT THAT'S OFFENSIVE: OSU's 37 goals rank the Beavers 19th in the NCAA at 2.47 goals per game. The 37 goals by far top the 23 OSU scored over last year's 17-game season and, with five games remaining, the Beavers are 12 goals shy of the school record of 49, set in 1990. The Beavers' 105 points are 19 shy of the OSU record of 124, set in 1990 as well.

SHUT 'EM DOWN: OSU's five shutouts are the most since six in 1998. The school record is seven, which came in 1990. After shutting out five of its first eight opponents, the Beavers have allowed at least one goal in their last seven games.

NEWCOMERS' IMPACT: Of OSU's eight newcomers to play this year, four have combined for 63 points. Alan Gordon, a junior transfer from Yavapai JC in Gilbert, Ariz., leads the team and Pac-10 with 26 points (11 goals, 4 assists), and freshman Joe Zaher is among Pac-10 leaders with 20 points (8 goals, 4 assists). Freshman Ryan Johnson is among Pac-10 leaders with four assists, and has 10 points this year. Redshirt freshman Matt Johnson has seven points (2 goals, 3 assists). Brian Farber (midfield) and Daniel Smith (defense) have 12 and eight starts respectively, and have each played in 14 games. Goalkeeper Matt LaMont (4 games) and midfielder Ryan Samuelson (2 games) have also played. In all, the eight newcomers have played in 92 combined games.

HERE, LET ME HELP YOU: OSU's 31 assists this year top the former school mark of 28, set in 1996. The Beavers set the record with six assists in a 5-1 win over Fresno State on Oct. 27. In that match, they also equaled the school's single-game record for the second time this year. For the season, Aaron McHardy leads the Beavers with five dishes, while newcomers Alan Gordon, Joe Zaher, and Ryan Johnson have four each. In all, 14 players have assists this year.

McHARDY McNOTES: Senior Aaron McHardy continues his climb up the OSU career charts. He currently ranks fourth all-time in points scored, with 48 on 20 goals and eight assists. McHardy's 20 goals rank him third all-time, and eight assists are the 10th-best total. McHardy equaled the sixth-highest season point total last year with 23; his 10 goals were tied for fifth.

BILLMEYER STATS: Peter Billmeyer's 1.65 career goals-against average is fourth on OSU's all-time list. He ranks second in career saves with 226 and his 97 saves last year set a new OSU season record. Billmeyer's five shutouts this year tie him for third on OSU's season shutouts list. He now has nine for his career, which is also third.

FLASH GORDON: Junior transfer Alan Gordon, from Yavapai Junior College (Gilbert, Ariz.), already has moved into third on OSU's season points list with 26 on 11 goals and four assists. His 11 goals are fourth. Gordon has appeared among the nation's statistical leaders this year - after the week of Oct. 6, Gordon was tied for 18th in the nation with 22 points and was 19th in goals with nine.

CONSISTENT MR. SMITH: As a senior, midfielder Ryan Smith has started 64 of his 65 career games played. He has started all 15 this year, and has one goal and seven shots. The only game he did not start was a Sept. 9 match at San Francisco in 2001. Prior to that, he had started 36 straight games. Currently, Smith has started 28 games in a row.

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