Beavers Stay On The Road In Week Two
Sept. 2, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
Thursday, Sept. 4, 5 p.m. - Oregon State (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Pacific-10) at Sacramento State (1-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 Big Sky)
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2:15 p.m. - OSU at Portland (1-1-0, 0-0-0 West Coast)
A LOOK AT SACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets opened the season with a 2-1 overtime win over California-Riverside on Aug. 31 thanks to a score by Kris McAlavey 55 seconds into overtime. Sam Sneed tallied the Hornets' other score.
OSU HISTORY WITH THE HORNETS: OSU owns a 7-2-2 record against Sacramento State all-time, including wins in the last two meetings. OSU topped the Hornets in a 3-2 overtime win in 2001, and 3-0 in 2000, both in Corvallis. OSU's only losses were in 1994 and 1999, when the teams were conference foes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
A LOOK AT PORTLAND: The Pilots opened the season with a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Oakland University on Saturday but bounced back against UNLV with a 2-0 win Monday. Alejandro Salazar has netted two goals thus far to lead the team, while Luis Robles sports a 0.94 goals-against average in the net.
OSU HISTORY WITH THE PILOTS: The Beavers have taken the last two regular season matchups from the Pilots, but fell 2-0 to UP in the first round of the NCAA College Cup in Portland. OSU's all-time record against UP is 3-11-0. Joe Zaher netted the game-winning shot with 32 seconds remaining in last year's regular season 2-1 win. OSU won 2-1 in 2000 as well; the teams did not meet in 2001.
Alan Gordon: After 34 points (15 goals, 4 assists) in 2002, his first year as a Beaver, senior Alan Gordon has a chance to become OSU's all-time leading scorer in two seasons. The Gilbert, Ariz., native needs 42 points to accomplish that feat. Gordon is three points from moving into 10th place on the school's all-time scoring list, and is already tied for ninth in career goals with 15. His 34 points were second on the single-season list last year. Gordon was held scoreless in OSU's first two games.
Peter Billmeyer: After 2 1/2 years as the starting goalkeeper and 41 consecutive starts, Billmeyer owns the OSU career saves record with 262 - a record he broke in OSU's final game of the 2002 season in the NCAA College Cup against Portland. In that game, he also broke his own season saves mark with 100. Billmeyer, from Omaha, Neb., needs three shutouts to eclipse the school's career shutout mark; he currently has 10 for his career. He has led the Pac-10 in saves each of the last two years, and has played all but 51 minutes, 10 seconds in the net during that span.
START YOUR ENGINES: Seniors Christian vanBlommestein and Peter Billmeyer have starting streaks going; vanBlommestein, a defender, has started all 55 career matches in which he has played. Billmeyer has started 41 straight games in goal, and 52 in his career.