Oregon State Opens Pac-10 Play In The Civil War This Friday

Oct. 7, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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Friday, Oct. 10 - Oregon (6-5-0 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) at Oregon State(4-6-1, 0-0-0 Pac-10); Lorenz Field; 3 p.m.

A LOOK AT OREGON: Nicole Garbin leads the Duck attack with 11 points on four goals and three assists while Domenique Linez has played the majority of the minutes in goal and posted a 2.12 goals-against average. UO (6-5-0) has done the majority of its scoring in the second half, netting 10 of its 15 goals in the second period. The Ducks ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Weber State Saturday after winning their first five games of the year.

OSU HISTORY WITH THE DUCKS: OSU owns a 7-4-0 advantage in the series with the Ducks, including wins in the last two matchups. OSU earned a 2-1 win in Eugene last year and a 4-1 decision in 2001. OSU won the first five meetings from 1988-1990.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers claimed a convincing 4-0 win over Weber State on Oct. 3 as Stacey Mescher's two goals sparked the Beavers offense. Tessa Baker and Melena Ertler also netted shots, while Janelle Joy, Brianna Monka and Lindsey Beem tallied assists. Goalkeeper Melissa Onstad and the defense earned their third shutout of the year.

SHOT STOPPER: Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Onstad has made 63 saves this year, which is first in the Pac-10 by 12. She earned complete-game shutouts of San Diego State, San Diego and Weber State and has a 1.08 goals-against average, which ranks first on OSU's all-time season GAA list.

BEEM ME UP: Junior Lindsey Beem is now eighth on the school's all-time assist list with 13 for her career. She had five in each of her first two seasons and has three this year, including one in a recent 4-1 win over Weber State. She has 10 career goals to boot to place her 11th on the career scoring list with 33 points. Beem is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in assists with three. Beem tallied a hat trick against Oregon two years ago in OSU's 4-1 win in Corvallis. Beem is from Vancouver, Wash., (Jesuit HS).

MESCHER TALLIES TWO SCORES: Sophomore forward Stacey Mescher scored her first two goals of the season against Weber State - she also has two assists this year.. Mescher was the team's fourth-leading scorer last year with 11 points (4 goals, 3 assists).

CONSISTENT THREAT: Sophomore forward Tessa Baker added two more goals over the weekend, giving her a team-leading five for the season to go along with an assist for 11 points. Baker scored the game's first goal against Weber State and netted a shot against Portland.

BAKER, MONKA AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: Tessa Baker is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with 11 points and midfielder Brianna Monka's nine points have her tied for 10th. Baker's five goals are tied for third and Monka's four scores are tied for sixth.

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).

CARTER OUT: Senior forward Courtney Carter (West Linn, Ore.; Jesuit HS) will miss the entire 2003 season with a broken fibula and tibia in her left leg. Carter 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 in 2002 with 19 points on eight goals and three assists. She tallied a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Air Force on Sept. 27, with all three scores in a span of less than 11 minutes. Carter is 10th on OSU's career scoring list with 37 points and ninth in goals with 15.

NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Oregon State has compiled a 38-23-6 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 third), Portland (6), Washington (9), Pepperdine (13), Duke (15), Wake Forest (16) and California (21) are the teams.

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 43-59-9, 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 31-37-2 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 16-9-0 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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