OSU Hosts No. 22 Stanford, No. 6 Cal On Regular Season's Final Weekend
Nov. 12, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
SEEKING RECORD WIN: OSU has equaled the school record with 12 wins this year. With one more win, 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 are also assured of a winning season for the first time since 1995, when OSU went 10-5-3 overall and 4-2-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. In all, the Beavers have posted winning marks in eight of their 15 seasons of varsity soccer competition.
LAST ACTION: The Beavers defeated long-time Northwest nemesis Washington for the second time this season after going winless in the first 17 meetings (0-16-1). Alan Gordon recorded OSU's first hat trick of the season and his career, and Chad Bartlome tied a school record with three assists as the Beavers scored four goals in an 18-minute span in the second half after trailing 3-2. With the win, the Beavers moved into fourth place in the Pac-10 and equaled the highest season win total in school history. In all, OSU totaled 18 points on six goals and six assists to tie a Lorenz Field record for all three categories.
A LOOK AT STANFORD: The Cardinal (12-4-2, 3-3-2), tied for 22nd in the NSCAA national rankings, enter Friday's game 1-3-2 its last six games after starting the year 11-1 and earning the nation's top ranking as of Oct. 13. Stanford lost Sunday 1-0 to No. 5 UCLA after a 2-0 win over Fresno State on Friday. For the year, Roger Levesque leads the Cardinal with 23 points on five goals and a Pac-10-leading 13 assists. In all, five players are in double-figure points on a squad that averages 1.92 goals per game. Defensively, Stanford has recorded 11 shutouts and allows just 0.62 goals per game. In goal, Robby Fulton owns a 0.30 goals-against average in 10 games. This year, Stanford is 4-3-1 against teams ranked in the top-25 at the time of the game.
OSU HISTORY WITH STANFORD: After a 1-0 overtime loss to Stanford on Oct. 13, the Beavers are now 1-13-2 all-time against Stanford. OSU's lone win was a 5-0 decision in 1995 in Corvallis. Despite the lopsided victory total, the games have been competitive historically, with four of the 16 matches going to overtime and three OSU losses by one goal.
A LOOK AT CALIFORNIA: Defense has been the name of the game for the No. 6 Bears (13-3-2, 6-1-1), who have shut out four consecutive opponents and 11 overall. For the year, Cal sports a 0.54 goals-against average and has given up just three goals in Pac-10 play for a 0.37 average in conference play. Josh Saunders leads the way in goal, making 57 saves and building a 0.55 GAA in 18 games. Offensively, Mike Munoz leads the squad with 17 points on seven goals and three assists.
OSU HISTORY WITH CALIFORNIA: After a 5-0 loss to Cal on Oct. 11, the Beavers are now 4-11-1 all-time against the Bears. OSU is winless in its last eight matches with Cal, including a 1-1 tie at home in 2000.
NCAA SELECTION SHOW: OSU will discover its postseason fate when the NCAA announces its 48-team Division I men's soccer championship bracket Monday, Nov. 18 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Pacific on ESPNNews. ESPNNews can be found on DirecTV channel 207 and on Dish Network channel 142. A selection would be the first in the history of OSU's program.
GORDON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior transfer Alan Gordon was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Nov. 10, marking the second time this year Gordon has earned that honor and the third such recognition for an OSU player; Peter Billmeyer was selected for the week of Sept. 17. Gordon was also picked for the week of Sept. 24.
The Gilbert, Ariz. native scored three goals in a 6-3 win over Washington on Sunday, giving him 32 points (14 goals, four assists) for the year, which is nine more than the next closest player in the Pac-10.
In all, OSU has had five Players of the Week since the Pac-10 began sponsoring men's soccer play in 2000. Matt Olsen (2000) and Aaron McHardy (2001) have also been recognized.
EXCUSE ME, BUT THAT'S OFFENSIVE: OSU's 43 goals by far top the 23 OSU scored over last year's 17-game season and, with two games remaining, the Beavers are six goals shy of the school record of 49, set in 1990. The Beavers' 123 points are one shy of the OSU record of 124, set in 1990 as well.
Twice this year, in a 5-1 win over Fresno State and a 6-3 win over Washington, OSU has scored, in one game, more goals in Pac-10 play than it did in the entire eight-game conference season last year (four goals).