OSU Faces Weber State, Portland This Weekend

Sept. 30, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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Friday, Oct. 3 - Weber State (2-5-2) at Oregon State (3-5-1), 12:30 p.m.; Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, Corvallis, Ore.

Saturday, Oct. 4 - OSU at No. 6 Portland (8-2-0), 2:15 p.m.; Merlo Field, Portland, Ore.

A LOOK AT WEBER STATE: WSU has been outscored 12-7 and other than a 3-0 loss to Utah, hasn't had a game decided by more than a goal. The Wildcats lost to Long Beach State 1-0 on Saturday. Krista Davis leads Weber State with four points (2 goals), while Kandice Golar has a 1.53 goals-against average in net.

OSU HISTORY WITH WEBER STATE: OSU and Weber State meet for the first time on Friday. The only common opponent between Weber State and OSU thus far is San Diego State, which beat WSU 1-0 and lost to OSU 1-0.

A LOOK AT PORTLAND: The No. 6 Pilots are 8-2-0 in their quest to repeat as national champions, and have wins over No. 4 Stanford (1-0), No. 6 Texas (2-0) and No. 6 Washington (1-0). UP's only losses have been to Denver (4-3, 2ot) and No. 8 Connecticut (3-2, 2ot). The Pilots have outscored opponents 18-7 and are led by Lindsey Huie's 10 points (3 goals, 4 assists). Cori Alexander has played every minute in goal and has a 0.68 goals-against average. Portland has a 16-2 advantage in assists.

OSU HISTORY WITH PORTLAND: OSU is 1-16-0 in the series that dates back to 1988. OSU's lone win was a 3-2 decision in 1994. OSU dropped a tight 2-1 contest in Corvallis last year when UP was No. 6 in the country. The game was tied at 1-1 in the second half, but Erin Misaki's second goal of the game at 74:08 sealed the win for UP.

LAST ACTION: OSU was upset by Portland State (5-5-0) 2-0 Sunday at Lorenz Field. Sophia Mundy scored at 23:16 and Annie Peccia tallied a goal at 54:24 to ice the game. OSU had several chances to put the game away, putting two shots off the crossbar, two shots inches wide, and missing a penalty kick early in the second half.

SHOT STOPPER: Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Onstad has made 54 saves this year, on pace for 120. 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 1.10 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 37-22-6 record against non-conference opponents since head coach Steve Fennah became head coach in 1998.

HARD TO SCORE: OSU is on a five-game losing streak, having played some of the nation's top teams along the way. During that streak, OSU has managed just two goals. However, the Beavers have not given up more than two goals in a game all year.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Seven of OSU's opponents are ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. UCLA (ranked third), Portland (6), Washington (9), Pepperdine (11), Cal (17), Duke (18) and Stanford (23) are the teams. USC and Arizona State received votes.

FENNAH FACTS: Now in 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 42-58-9, 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 30-37-2 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 15-9-0 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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