Beavers Face Stanford, Cal In Pac-10 Road Contests This Weekend

Oct. 7, 2003

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Friday, Oct. 10 - Oregon State (7-4-0, 1-1-0 Pac-10) at Stanford (2-6-1, 0-1-0 Pac-10); Stanford, Calif.; 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 12 - OSU at California (5-4-1, 1-0-0); Berkeley, Calif.; 2 p.m.

A LOOK AT STANFORD: Stanford (2-6-1, 0-1-0) has struggled to keep opponents' shots out of the net this year - a polar opposite of last year's team which was among the nation's best defensive squads. The Cardinal has surrendered 15 goals in nine games this year - an average of 1.41 goals per game - while only scoring 10 itself. After opening the year 1-4, Stanford has gone 1-1-1 in its last three games, including a 3-1 loss at California on Saturday. Offensively, Matt Janusz leads the Cardinal with seven points, and Andrew Kartunen has played the majority of minutes in goal with a 1.58 GAA.

OSU HISTORY WITH STANFORD: OSU has never beaten Stanford in the Bay Area and is 1-14-2 since the series began in 1988. Last year, the Beavers lost 1-0 at Stanford and fell 4-0 in Corvallis on the regular season's final weekend. OSU's lone win was a 5-0 decision in 1995.

A LOOK AT CALIFORNIA: Carl Acosta's 14 points lead the Bears' (5-4-1, 1-0-0) attack, while Mike Oseguera and Brian Walker have split time in goal. The Bears have surrendered an average of 1.06 goals per game and have outshot opponents 127-90. Cal has won two games in a row, including a 3-1 win over Stanford on Oct. 4.

OSU HISTORY WITH CALIFORNIA: OSU is 6-11-1 all-time against California, but none of OSU's wins were as big as the Beavers' 3-0 victory last Nov. 17 when Cal, No. 6 at the time, came to Corvallis. Needing a win for a chance at a NCAA College Cup berth, the Beavers' Aaron McHardy scored in the ninth minute to give OSU a 1-0 lead that it would not relinquish. McHardy tagged on a penalty kick in the 81st minute and Joe Zaher added an insurance goal in the 84th to lift OSU to its first-ever NCAA College Cup appearance. The win also snapped an eight-game winless streak against the Bears dating back to 1996. OSU has only won twice in Berkeley (1992 and 1996).

LAST ACTION: The Beavers upped their record to 7-4-0 overall and 1-1-0 in conference play with a 4-0 trouncing of Fresno State on Oct. 5 after dropping a heated contest with UCLA two days prior.

Against UCLA, OSU fell behind at the 2:38 mark on a Dru Hoshimiya goal and went to halftime trailing 1-0. Ross Duncan brought the Beavers even at the 55:43 mark when he converted a free kick from roughly 40 yards out. The shot looked to be a pass and brought Bruin keeper Zach Wells off his line, but then arced over his head and toward the opposite post for the score. Adolfo Gregorio converted a penalty kick in the 71st minute to give UCLA the 2-1 win.

Four different players scored against Fresno State, with Alan Gordon, Evan McNeley, Brian Farber and Alex Asai putting shots in the back of the net. OSU's four goals matched the Beavers' highest scoring output of the year; OSU beat Gonzaga 4-2 and Rhode Island 4-3.

JOHNSON, GORDON AMONG NCAA LEADERS: Ryan Johnson's 10 assists ranks first in the NCAA in total number of assists, and his 0.91 assist-per-game average is fourth. His three assists against Rhode Island equaled the highest single-game total in the country.

Alan Gordon is tied for 29th nationally in goals per game with a 0.73 mark. The senior has eight goals in 11.

HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSE: OSU moved up to 18th nationally in scoring offense with a 2.27 goals-per game average. OSU has 25 goals in 11 games and tallied five over the weekend in games against UCLA and Fresno State.

REGIONALLY RANKED: Oregon State is ranked eighth in the Oct. 6 National Soccer Coaches Association of America far west regional poll, one spot ahead of Portland.

JOHNSON SETS ASSIST RECORD: In 11 games this year, sophomore Ryan Johnson has tallied 10 assists to set the OSU single-season record. Johnson's record-setting assist came in a 4-0 win over Fresno State on Oct. 5 when his shot hit the left goalpost and was put back in by Alan Gordon. The former mark of nine was accomplished by Greg Howes in 1998. In 29 career games, Johnson has 15 assists to rank third all-time at OSU in that category.

FLASH GORDON: Defending Pac-10 scoring leader Alan Gordon now has 18 points (8 goals, 2 assists) to lead OSU this year. 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. Gordon now has 52 points (23 goals, 6 assists) for his career and jumped up to fourth on OSU's career scoring list, 24 points from owning the record.. He recently passed former teammate Aaron McHardy with his 23rd career goal scored. 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.

MR. SHUTOUT: With a 4-0 shutout of Fresno State on Oct. 5, Peter Billmeyer became the all-time OSU leader with 13 career shutouts. He had two as a freshman and sophomore and six last year; he's posted three shutouts thus far in 2003. Billmeyer, a senior from Omaha, Neb., also holds the school record for career saves with 292, as well as season saves with 100 (2002).

DUNCAN CLIMBS ASSIST CHARTS: Ross Duncan, a senior from Corvallis, has moved into ninth on OSU's all-time assist chart with 10 for his career. His career-high six assists this year are the fifth-best total in a season at OSU.

FINDING FINDLEY: Robbie Findley, a freshman from Phoenix, Ariz. (Shadow Mountain HS), is off to a blazing start at OSU. He's second on the team with 13 points (6 goals, 1 assist).

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.

SCORING THREATS: OSU has four players among the top 10 scorers in the Pac-10: Alan Gordon (18 points), Robbie Findley (13 points), Ryan Johnson (10 points) and Ross Duncan (8 points). So far, 11 different OSU players have recorded a point.

START YOUR ENGINES: Seniors Christian vanBlommestein and Peter Billmeyer have starting streaks going. vanBlommestein, a defender, has started all 64 career matches in which he has played and scored his first career goal in a 3-0 win over Sacramento State. Billmeyer has started 50 straight games in goal, and 61 in his career.

NEWCOMERS: Nine 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 (midfield), Robbie Findley (forward), Matthew Fitchett (goal), Bryan Jordan (midfield), Josh Pulido (defense) and Nathan Quan (midfield).

OSU'S ALL-TIME RECORD: The Beavers now have an all-time record of 134-136-14 in overall play since the program's inception in 1988 under coach Jimmy Conway.

In league games, OSU is 36-56-6 and is 98-80-8 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 37-47-1 overall record, and is 8-26-1 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 32-28-3 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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