Beavers Face No. 10 Duke, Wake Forest This Weekend

Sept. 10, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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Wake Forest adidas Tournament, Sept. 12 & 14, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Teams: Oregon State, Washington State, Duke, Wake Forest

Friday, Sept. 12, 2 p.m. - Oregon State (3-0-1) vs. No. 10 Duke (3-0-1)

Sunday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. - OSU at Wake Forest (2-1-1)

A LOOK AT DUKE: The Blue Devils, who will be OSU's first ranked opponent of the year, have been tested early, beating No. 5 Texas 3-2, No. 21 Nebraska 3-1 and tying No. 24 Kentucky 2-2. Duke has outshot opponents 77-24 and has outscored teams 12-5, ammassing 40 statistical points by individuals. Three keepers have seen time in the net, but Thora Kelgadottir leads the way with 239 minutes and a 1.13 goals-against average. A total of 12 players have tallied either a goal or assist, and Carolyn Riggs leads the way with 9 points on four goals and a dish.

OSU HISTORY WITH DUKE: The Beavers and Blue Devils meet for the first time in the schools' history on Friday.

A LOOK AT WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons enter the weekend with a 2-1-1 record and fresh off their second consecutive 5-0 trouncing of an opponent. WFU handled Davidson 5-0 on Tuesday, and topped Liberty 5-0 on Sept. 4. Wake Forsest tied Connecticut 0-0 in its opener, and dropped a 3-0 decision to Notre Dame on Aug. 31. Elizabeth Remy paces WFU with seven points, and Kenna Healy has played every minute in goal, sporting a 0.71 GAA.

OSU HISTORY WITH WAKE FOREST: The teams met for the first time in 2002, with WFU earning a 2-1 victory in Tallahassee, Fla., at Florida State's tournament.

A LOOK BACK: The Beavers posted two convincing wins last weekend, downing San Francisco 3-1 on Sept. 5 and Idaho 4-2 on Sept. 7. Janelle Joy gave the Beavers an early 1-0 lead over USF on a pass from Tessa Baker, but the Dons drew even in the 22nd minute. Less than three minutes later, Cara Miller and Stacey Mescher strung together a lead pass and a cross to the head of Brianna Monka for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Baker added the insurance score on a pass from Shelby Crabtree for a breakaway goal late in the second half.

Sunday's match saw OSU shoot out to a 4-0 lead on the strength of goals by Monka and Joy in the first half and two from Baker in the second. Kristi Robusto scored twice in 35 seconds in the 89th minute for UI to make it 4-2.

OSU ONE OF FOUR UNBEATEN: After two weeks of play, OSU is one of just four Pac-10 teams without a loss. Oregon (3-0-0), UCLA (2-0-2) and California (1-0-3) are the others.

BAKER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Tessa Baker became the third OSU player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after scoring three goals and tallying one assist in wins over San Francisco and Idaho last weekend. Baker scored and assisted in a 3-1 win over USF and tallied two scores in a 4-2 win over Idaho. Baker tied the school record with 10 shots against UI, and nearly put a 35-yard blast in the net for a third score. That shot hit the crossbar, bounced to the ground, back up to the crossbar and hit the ground again before being saved by the UI keeper. Baker has already equaled her scoring output (7 points) from last year. She joins Lindsey Beem (2001) and BreeAnna Jolin (1999) as the third Beaver to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week recognition.

SHOT STOPPER: Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Onstad is off to a remarkable start, allowing only one goal in over 365 minutes of action. She's earned complete-game shutouts of San Diego State and San Diego and shut out Idaho for 75 minutes before being replaced by Amy Johnson with the game in hand. She leads the Pac-10 with a 0.25 GAA as well as 26 saves.

BEEM ME UP: Junior Lindsey Beem is now 10th on the school's all-time assist list with 11 for her career. She had five in each of her first two seasons and one this year, and has 10 career goals to boot to place her in 12th on the career scoring list with 31 points.

FIREPOWER: OSU has outscored opponents 8-3 this year, totaling 24 statistical points on eight goals and eight assists. OSU has also outshot teams 73-55 for an average of 18.2 shots per game.

NEWCOMERS: Ten newcomers have seen action thus far, including starters Melissa Onstad (goal), Alison Vislay (defense) and Jen Crump (defense). Kelli Washburn (defense), Sara LaFleur (midfield), Stephanie Padilla (defense), Lauren Whipple (defense), Amy Johnson (goal) Tiara Hong (defense) and Shelly Wallace (defense), a senior, have contributed as well.

NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Oregon State has compiled a 37-17-6 record against non-conference opponents since head coach Steve Fennah took the reigns in 1998.

DRAW!: With OSU's tie of San Diego on Aug. 31, the Beavers have had at least one draw in each of the last seven seasons.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Seven of OSU's opponents are ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, and Stanford received votes. UCLA (ranked 4th), Pepperdine (9), Duke (10), California (13), Portland (17), USC (22) and Washington (24) are the seven. OSU plays 10 games against 2002 NCAA College Cup competitors: San Diego, Wake Forest, Pepperdine, Portland, Washington State, California, Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA and USC.

CARTER OUT: Senior forward Courtney Carter will miss the 2003 season with a broken fibula and tibia in her left leg. The West Linn, Ore., native broke the bones in the team's second match in Costa Rica against the professional squad Desamparados on Aug. 15 in a collision with the opponent's goalkeeper.

Carter led the team in scoring last year with 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Seven of her goals came in three games, including a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Air Force on Sept. 27. She tallied two scores in a 5-2 win over New Mexico on Oct. 4 and in a 5-0 win over Arizona on Oct. 27. Her other goal came in a 3-1 loss at California on Oct. 20. She moved into 10th on OSU's career points list with 37 on 15 goals and seven assists. Her 15 goals are the ninth-most in OSU history. Her 19 points were tied for 10th on the season list, and her eight goals tied for seventh. In the Pac-10, she tied for eighth in scoring and seventh in goals scored.

COSTA RICA: Oregon State returned from what turned out to be a four-game, 12-day tour of Costa Rica on Aug. 24 after defeating three professional squads and playing the Costa Rica National Team to a standstill for a half.

Originally slated to play five games, the team's second match with the national team - the final game of the trip - was rained out due to a torrential downpour.

OSU opened its tour on Aug. 14 with a 4-3 win over the professional squad Goicochea, which was the First Division runner up this year.

OSU then defeated the First Division champion Desamparados twice, 4-1 on Aug. 15 and 3-0 on Aug. 18, before dropping a 3-0 decision to the national team.

Janelle Joy, a junior, led the team with four goals in the first three games, and Stacey Mescher added two scores and three assists.

'Overall, it was an excellent tour,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'Our team came together and gained valuable experience. We played well overall and achieved our goals we set for the tour.'

The team also saw several world-renowned sights, including the Arenal Volcano, the Tabacon Hot Springs and Playa Tambor.

FENNAH FACTS: Now entering his sixth year, Steve Fennah, 36, has guided the Beavers to their first back-to-back seasons with winning percentages of .500 or better since the 1994-95 campaigns. In 2001, Fennah's squad recorded its best season since 1995 with a 10-8-2 record and a near-qualification for the NCAA Tournament.

Fennah's squads have become known for offensive firepower, recording four games of four goals or more in 2002, as well as stingy defense; the team posted six shutouts in 2002, which was the highest total in eight seasons. Multiple OSU individuals appeared among the Pacific-10 Conference statistical leaders.

After the strong campaign of 2001, the program's resurgence put OSU on the national soccer scene once again while playing in what is often regarded as the toughest soccer conference in the country - the Pac-10. The turnaround prompted SoccerBuzz to rate the Beavers' 2001 season among the top 20 turnarounds of any team in the country with a 4 1/2-game improvement from the prior year.

The Beavers have been a smash in the classroom, as well. A total of 34 women's soccer student-athletes have earned Pac-10 All-Academic recognition in Fennah's first five seasons - an average of nearly seven selections per year.

Fennah's overall record at OSU is 42-53-9, and 6-36-3 in the Pacific-10.

Fennah spent five years coaching at Jesuit High in Beaverton, Ore., where he guided the Crusaders to four straight Oregon Class 4A state titles in his final four seasons at the school. He led the Crusaders to an 84-2-6 record and top-eight national rankings in each of his five seasons.

PAUL LORENZ FIELD AT PATRICK WAYNE VALLEY STADIUM: Oregon State's soccer facility, Paul Lorenz Field at Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium, provides soccer enthusiasts with one of the top places to both play and watch the sport on the West Coast. The main seating section holds approximately 1,000 spectators and rises above the midfield line on the west sideline; total capacity is 1,500. A press box for media, statistics and film crews is located behind the main seating section. OSU is 30-36-2 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season. The Beavers finished the 2002 regular season with a 7-4-0 record at home, and are 15-8-0 in the last two-plus years, counting the 2003 season. The stadium is located a block southeast of Reser Stadium, just south of the intersection of 17th Street and Western Boulevard.

TICKET INFORMATION: Admission is free for all OSU men's and women's home soccer games this year.

SPORTS INFORMATION: More information on Oregon State women's soccer, interview requests, photographs, and game credentials can be obtained by calling Travis Lahman in the Oregon State University sports information office at (541) 737-8588. For interviews, please call at least 24 hours in advance. For game credentials, please call early because press box space is limited.

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