Beavers Host Portland State Sunday

Sept. 23, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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Sunday, Sept. 28 - Portland State (2-5-0) at Oregon State (3-4-1),12 p.m.; Lorenz Field

A LOOK AT PORTLAND STATE: The Vikings (2-5-0) play two games this week before traveling to Corvallis on Sunday. PSU plays at Utah State on Tuesday and hosts the University of the Pacific Friday. PSU is led by Jamie Blakesley's five goals, three of which came in a 6-3 win over UC-Riverside on Sept. 21. In goal, Joell Giger has a 2.12 goals-against average.

OSU HISTORY WITH PORTLAND STATE: OSU owns a 5-1-1 advantage over PSU in the all-time series, having won the last three meetings. The most recent matchup in 2001 resulted in a 3-0 OSU win. OSU's only loss came in 1998 - a 1-0 decision. In all, OSU has outscored PSU 16-5 in the series dating back to 1994.

A LOOK BACK: OSU was on the road for the second straight weekend, and dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Cal-Santa Barbara on Friday and fell 2-0 to No. 6 Pepperdine Sunday.

Against UCSB, Lindsey Beem mustered four of OSU's nine shots and set up Kelli Washburn's first career score with a cross in the 70th minute. Washburn, a native of Santa Barbara, tied the match at 1-1 and sent it to overtime. UCSB's Randi Johns scored the game-winner at 91:37.

On Sunday, No. 6 Pepperdine took the lead in the 21st minute when Megan Woods collected a rebounded shot and gave the Waves a 1-0 advantage.

OSU had a chance to take the lead early when Lindsey Beem sent a shot off the crossbar, but the ball was cleared away safely.

Lacey Ubaldi was awarded a penalty kick in the 72nd minute, which she converted to give the Waves an insurance goal and a 2-0 lead.

OSU keeper Melissa Onstad made 11 saves in the game.

SHOT STOPPER: Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Onstad has made 49 saves this year, on pace for over 122. She earned complete-game shutouts of San Diego State and San Diego to open the year and shut out Idaho for 75 minutes before being replaced by Amy Johnson with the game in hand. She has a 0.99 goals-against average.

BEEM ME UP: Junior Lindsey Beem is now tied for eighth on the school's all-time assist list with 12 for her career. She had five in each of her first two seasons and has two this year, and has 10 career goals to boot to place her 11th on the career scoring list with 32 points.

NEWCOMERS: All 11 newcomers have seen action thus far, including Melissa Onstad (goal), Alison Vislay (defense), Jen Crump (defense), Kelli Washburn (defense), Sara LaFleur (midfield), Stephanie Padilla (defense), Lauren Whipple (defense), Amy Johnson (goal), Tiara Hong (defense), Catherine Betts (forward) and Shelly Wallace (defense).

NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Oregon State has compiled a 37-21-6 record against non-conference opponents since head coach Steve Fennah became head coach in 1998.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Seven of OSU's opponents are ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. UCLA (ranked fourth), Washington (6), Pepperdine (8), California (12), Portland (14), Duke (14), Stanford (21) are the teams, and Arizona State received votes.

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 42-57-9, 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, dating back to the 2001 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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