Most Successful Season In School History Ends In Tragedy

Dec. 5, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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RECORD WINS: With its 3-0 win over No. 6 California on Nov. 17, Oregon State set a school record for wins in a season with 13. Among those 13 wins are two victories against teams ranked at the time of the game - No. 12 Tulsa (3-0 score) and No. 6 California. Also, the Beavers defeated Washington for the first time on Oct. 20 after going 0-16-1 in the teams' first 17 games. OSU then completed the season sweep with a 6-3 win on Nov. 10 in Corvallis.The Beavers also won four Pac-10 games, which is twice as many as they've won the last two years combined.

LAST ACTION: OSU made its first-ever NCAA College Cup appearance in the 15-year history of its program, taking on Portland on the Bluff and dropping a hard-fought 2-0 decision. OSU opened the game on the attack in the first 10 minutes, keeping the ball in the UP half of the pitch, but eventually gave up a score on a sharp cross to the near post from Heath Pearce to Nate Jaqua, which he one-timed into the near corner of the net for a 1-0 lead at 30:02. Pearce provided the second score on an odd play. He sent a high clearing ball deep into OSU territory, which OSU keeper Peter Billmeyer tracked toward the net. The ball bounced on the goal line and into the net to give the Pilots the final 2-0 margin.

EXCUSE ME, BUT THAT'S OFFENSIVE: OSU's 47 goals more than double the 23 OSU scored over last year's 17-game season and were two shy of the school record of 49, set in 1990. The Beavers' 133 points shattered the former school record of 124, set in 1990 as well. OSU had a school record 39 assists this year. Also, three of the top five regular season individual points leaders in the Pac-10 are from Oregon State - Alan Gordon (34), Joe Zaher (25), and Aaron McHardy (22).

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).

RECORD BOOK REVISIONS: Thanks to an offensive firepower that had been lacking in years past, the Beavers made some revisions to the school record books this year. Among the records set are the following (former record and year in parentheses):

Longest winning streak: seven games, Sept. 13-Oct. 6 (six, 1992 and 1994).

Team season assist record: 39 (28, 1996).

Best start in school history: 9-1 through 10 games (8-1-1, 1994).

Team points in a season: 133 (124, 1990).

Shots in a season: 297 (248, 2000).

Individual saves in a season: Peter Billmeyer, 100 (97, 2001).

Single-game assists mark, team (tied): Six, three times, vs. Albany on Sept. 25, Fresno Stateon Oct. 27, and Washington on Nov. 10.

Single-game assist mark, individual (tied): Three, Chad Bartlome vs. Washington on Nov. 10(Sept. 19, 1998 vs. Western Washington).

Season shots, individual: Alan Gordon, 73 (66, Greg Howes, 1998).

First-ever national ranking: OSU was ranked 18th in the Soccer America poll on Oct. 13.

Most points by a freshman: 25, Joe Zaher.

Most career games played: 73, Aaron McHardy (71, Ben Roth, 1998-2001).

Most games played in a season: 21, seven players (19, several players).

SHUT 'EM DOWN: OSU's six 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 did not blank an opponent until Nov. 17 against Cal (3-0).

NEWCOMERS' IMPACT: Of OSU's eight newcomers to play this year, four combined for 81 points. Alan Gordon leads the team and Pac-10 with 34 points (15 goals, 4 assists), and the late Joe Zaher was third in the Pac-10 with 25 points (10 goals, 5 assists). Freshman Ryan Johnson was among the Pac-10 leaders with five assists, and had 13 points this year. Redshirt freshman Matt Johnson had nine points (3 goals, 3 assists). Brian Farber (midfield) and Daniel Smith (defense) made 18 and nine starts respectively, and have played in 20 and 19 games. Goalkeeper Matt LaMont (4 games) and midfielder Ryan Samuelson (3 games) have also played. In all, the eight newcomers have played in 126 combined games and made 87 starts.

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