OSU Off On A Three-Game Road Trip To New England

Sept. 17, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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Friday, Sept. 19 - Oregon State (4-2-0) vs. Boston University (2-3-0) at Rhode Island Invitational; Kingston, R.I., 2 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 21 - OSU at Rhode Island (1-4-0) at URI Invitational; Kingston, R.I., 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 24 - OSU at Holy Cross (0-4-0); Worcester, Mass., 1 p.m.

A LOOK AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY: Boston University (2-3-0) comes into the weekend on a two-game winning streak after defeating Georgetown (2-1, ot) and Fairfield (2-1) after dropping its first three games. BU has been outshot 77-39 on the year and has been outscored 9-5. Zach Riffett has spent the majority of time in goal, and has a 2.13 goals-against average and 16 saves. Anders Ostli leads the attack with two goals.

OSU HISTORY WITH BOSTON UNIVERSITY: This will be the first meeting between the schools.

A LOOK AT RHODE ISLAND: The Rams (1-4-0) have outshot opponents 78-61, but have been outscored 12-8. BC's lone win came against Northeastern on Sept. 6, a 3-0 victory. URI dropped a pair of recent games by the score of 2-1 to Providence and Harvard. Michael Charles has 360 minutes of action in the net and has a 2.00 GAA with 18 saves. Perek Bellah has scored four of the team's eight goals to lead the team.

OSU HISTORY WITH RHODE ISLAND: The teams will meet for the first time this weekend.

A LOOK AT HOLY CROSS: Holy Cross is still looking for its first win; the Crusaders have an 0-4-0 record and have scored just one goal on the year. Holy Cross has been outshot 46-25, but has only surrendered five scores. Keeper Kevin Baker has 198 minutes in net and owns a 1.36 GAA.

OSU HISTORY WITH HOLY CROSS: The Sept. 24 meeting will be the first ever between the two schools.

LAST WEEK: OSU returned to Corvallis for the first time this year after opening the season with four matches on the road. The Beavers won their own Diadora Classic for the second year in a row, defeating Gonzaga 4-2 on Friday and St. Mary's 2-0 on Sunday. The Beavers edged out second-place Illinois-Chicago on goal differential.

Against Gonzaga, OSU fell behind 2-0 in the first 12 minutes, but rallied with four consecutive goals over the final 52 minutes for the comeback win. OSU upped its all-time record in home-openers to 13-3-0 and 4-1 under coach Dana Taylor.

OSU took an early lead against St. Mary's on an Alan Gordon goal in the 20th minute off an assist by Ryan Johnson. Bryan Jordan tallied his second goal in as many career games off a Ross Duncan cross at the 46:44 mark. Peter Billmeyer tied the OSU career shutout record against St. Mary's with his 12th.

REGIONALLY RANKED: Oregon State is ranked eighth in the Sept. 15 National Soccer Coaches Association of America far west regional poll, one spot ahead of Stanford.

FINDING FINDLEY: Robbie Findley, a freshman from Phoenix, Ariz. (Shadow Mountain HS), is off to a blazing start at OSU. After two scores in under two minutes in Friday's 4-2 comeback win over Gonzaga, Findley leads the squad in points (9) and goals (4), and is third in the Pac-10 in points and second in goals.

Athleticism runs in Findley's family. Cousin Mike Bibby plays for the NBA's Sacramento Kings, cousin Shaun McDonald plays for the St. Louis Rams of the NFL, and another cousin, Ryan Walcott, plays on the UCLA Bruins basketball squad.

FINDING HIS FORM: Defending Pac-10 scoring leader Alan Gordon seems to have found his form after a slow start to the 2003 campaign. The senior from Gilbert, Ariz., now has six points after a goal and assist against Gonzaga on Friday and another score in Sunday's 2-0 win over St. Mary's. Entering the 2003 season, Gordon was 42 points from owning the OSU all-time scoring record - a duanting number of points to record in one year, but a realistic possibility considering Gordon's first year as a Beaver in which he recorded 34 points on 15 goals and four assists. He is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 scoring race. Gordon now has 40 points (17 goals, 6 assists) for his career and ranks 10th in career scoring and seventh in goals. His 34 points and 15 goals last year ranked second on those respective OSU season lists. Gordon was a junior college All-American at Yavapai J.C. prior to transferring to OSU before the 2002 season. Sean Young is OSU's all-time scoring leader with 75 points (32 goals, 11 assists). He played from 1989-92.

Bryan Jordan: Freshman Bryan Jordan, from Temple City, Calif. (Temple City HS), made his first appearance as a Beaver late in the first half on Friday against Gonzaga. Minutes after entering the game, Jordan scored the Beavers' first goal in their 4-2 comeback win the first time he touched the ball. Two days later, he scored again to help OSU to a 2-0 win over St. Mary's. Jordan is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in goals scored.

ASSIST MEN: Ross Duncan and Ryan Johnson lead the Beavers in assists this year with four each. After five dishes last year, Johnson now has nine for his career and is tied for 10th on the school's all-time list six games into his sophomore season.

Duncan had four assists last year and has already equaled that in six games this season. He has eight for his career.

Both players are tied for second on the Pac-10 assists list and 10th with four points.

MR. SHUTOUT: With a 2-0 shutout of St. Mary's on Sunday, Peter Billmeyer tied the OSU record with his 12th career shutout. He had two as a freshman and sophomore and six last year; he's posted two shutouts thus far in 2003. Billmeyer, a senior from Omaha, Neb., also holds the school record for career saves with 277, as well as season saves with 100. After giving up two scores in the first 12 minutes against Gonzaga on Friday, Billmeyer and the defense did not allow a score for the rest of the weekend, a total of 168 minutes. Billmeyer has played all but 51 minutes, 10 seconds in goal over the last 2 1/2 years.

UNSELFISH PLAY: OSU has totaled 15 assists on 12 goals through six games. Last year, the Beavers set a school record with 39 assists. The Beavers are on pace to shatter that mark; with a current average of 2.5 assists per match, if the Beavers were to continue that pace, they would amass 47 assists in 19 games this year.

START YOUR ENGINES: Seniors Christian vanBlommestein and Peter Billmeyer have starting streaks going. vanBlommestein, a defender, has started all 59 career matches in which he has played and scored his first career goal in a 3-0 win over Sacramento State. Billmeyer has started 45 straight games in goal, and 56 in his career.

NEWCOMERS: Eight newcomers have seen action thus far, including transfers Evan McNeley (jr., mid./def.), Jake Bachman (so., forward) and Chris Ritter (jr., defense), and freshmen Carlos Cornejo (fr., midfield), Nathan Quan (fr., midfield), Bryan Jordan (fr., midfield), Robbie Findley (fr., forward) and Josh Pulido (fr., defense).

ROAD TRIP: OSU opens with seven of its first nine matches on the road this year, but the Beavers are no strangers to early-season road trips. In 1999, Dana Taylor's first year as head coach, the Beavers played their first seven matches away from Lorenz Field. Last year, OSU opened with six of its first nine at neutral or opposing sites, and in 1991, the Beavers opened with seven consecutive road dates.

OSU'S ALL-TIME RECORD: The Beavers now have an all-time record of 131-134-14 in overall play since the program's inception in 1988 under coach Jimmy Conway.

In league games, OSU is 35-55-6 and is 96-79-8 in non-conference play. Oregon State competed in the Northwest Colleges Soccer Conference for three years beginning in 1988, and in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation through the 1999 season. The Beavers began competition in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2000 when the conference began sponsoring men's soccer play.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH Dana Taylor: Dana Taylor has instilled an unprecedented level of excitement in Oregon State men's soccer as he begins his fifth season at the helm of the Beaver program.

En route to earning the Pacific-10 Conference co-Coach of the Year honor in his fourth season, Taylor led OSU to a record-setting campaign in 2002, guiding the Beavers to a school-best 13 wins and their first-ever NCAA College Cup appearance.

Over the course of the year, the Beavers broke OSU records or made new entries on the school's all-time lists 35 times. Taylor's squad also knocked off three teams that were ranked at one point in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll during the season, including No. 6 California on the final day of the regular season to clinch a postseason berth.

Taylor owns a 34-45-1 overall record, and is 7-25-1 in conference play.

While at OSU, Taylor's teams have done well in the classroom, regularly posting grade-point averages of 3.0 or better.

In his first four years at Oregon State, Taylor has coached 14 All-Pac-10 athletes, five all-region players, and two All-Americans. While at OSU and during his tenure as an assistant at Creighton, 12 of Taylor's players have gone on to professional careers.

Prior to coming to OSU, Taylor was an assistant coach at Creighton for four seasons, helping the Bluejays to a 63-17-6 record, two Missouri Valley Conference titles, and a Final Four appearance in 1996.

LORENZ FIELD AT VALLEY STADIUM: Oregon State's soccer facility, Paul Lorenz Field at Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium, provides soccer enthusiasts with one of the top places on the West Coast to both play and watch the sport.

The facility was touted by head coach Dana Taylor, who has seen many of the nation's best soccer facilities, as '... one of the best soccer-specific stadiums in the western United States. It's a state-of-the-art facility with good sightlines and it's easy for us to accomodate radio or television broadcasts.'

The main seating section holds approximately 1,000 fans 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 31-27-3 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season. The stadium is located a block southeast of Reser Stadium, just south of the intersection of 17th street and Western Boulevard.

MEN'S SOCCER INFORMATION: More information on Oregon State men'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, as press box space is limited. Information is also available on the web at www.osubeavers.com.

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