No. 17 OSU Hosts No. 8 Washington This Sunday
Oct. 14, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
Sunday, Oct. 19 - No. 7/8 (NSCAA/SoccerAmerica) Washington (8-1-2 overall, 2-1-1 Pac-10) at --/17 Oregon State (9-4-0, 3-1-0); Lorenz Field; 1 p.m.
NOTE: All rankings herein are from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, unless noted otherwise.
OSU RANKED: Oregon State is ranked 17th in this week's SoccerAmerica poll - the highest OSU has ever been ranked. The Beavers were ranked 18th last year for one week (Oct. 13) by SoccerAmerica. OSU is tied for seventh in the Oct. 13 National Soccer Coaches Association of America far west regional poll, knotted with the University of San Diego, which OSU defeated 2-1 in San Diego on Aug. 31.
Ryan Johnson LEADS NCAA: Sophomore forward/midfielder Ryan Johnson (Boston, Mass.) ranks first in the NCAA in total number of assists with 12 - two more than his nearest competitor. His 0.92 assist-per-game average is second; he has 12 assists in 13 games. His three assists against Rhode Island equaled the highest single-game total in the country.
Peter Billmeyer: Peter Billmeyer continued to add to his school-record shutout total - he now has 15 - posting two in wins over Stanford (1-0) and California (2-0) last weekend. He has five this year and is two away from tying the school's season record. Billmeyer, a senior from Omaha, Neb., also holds the school record for career saves with 294, as well as season saves with 100 (2002). His 1.04 goals-against average this year is an all-time personal low; the season record is 1.03, held by Jon Edmonston (1991). Billmeyer was also named to the CollegeSoccerNews Team of the Week (ending Oct. 12) for his two shutouts of Stanford and Cal last weekend, marking the second time in his career he has been named to a national team of the week.
A LOOK AT WASHINGTON: The Huskies (8-1-2, 2-1-1) enter Sunday's matchup with OSU ranked seventh in the nation after beating Stanford (1-0) on Sunday and tying with California (1-1) Friday. Washington has allowed just eight goals in 11 games while scoring 21 of its own. UW's only loss of the year was to No. 1 UCLA (1-0) on Oct. 5. Leo Totev leads the Husky attack with 13 points on five goals and three assists. In goal, Danny Waltman owns a 0.70 goals-against average and has made 49 saves.
OSU HISTORY WITH THE HUSKIES: The Beavers earned thier first two wins in the series last year with a 3-2 win in Seattle and a wild 6-3 victory in Corvallis. Overall, UW holds a 16-2-1 advantage over OSU in the series dating back to 1989, but the Beavers are on a two-game win streak. In the two games last year, the teams accounted for 14 goals, with OSU owning a 9-5 advantage. The first game in the series, played at a neutral site in 1989, resulted in a 3-1 Washington win.
LAST ACTION: OSU traveled to the Bay Area to take on Stanford (Oct. 10) and California (Oct. 12), and came away with a pair of wins.
OSU's 1-0 win at Stanford marked the first time OSU beat the Cardinal on the road and was only OSU's second win in the 18-game series. Carlos 'Boku' Cornejo's first career goal (25th minute), off passes from Robbie Findley and Ryan Johnson, held up for the OSU win thanks to stiff defense.
Two days later, Cornejo struck again with the winning goal in the 26th minute against Cal, which was ranked 22nd in the SoccerAmerica poll heading into last weekend. Alan Gordon, who assisted Cornejo's score, tacked on an insurance goal in the 80th minute courtesy of Ryan Johnson's 12th assist of the season.
JOHNSON SETS CAREER ASSIST RECORD, ADDS TO SEASON MARK: Ryan Johnson set the OSU career assist record after just 31 games and now has 17 assists in his young career. He broke the former mark of 16 held by Chris Scotti (1989-92) and Fredrik Kemmernes (1995-98). With 12 assists this year, Johnson owns the season record as well; he broke the former mark of nine, held by Greg Howes (1998), on Oct. 5 in a 4-0 win over Fresno State. Johnson's shot hit the left post and was immediately scored by Alan Gordon at the 5:38 mark.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: Oregon State has shut out three consecutive opponents - Fresno State (4-0), Stanford (1-0) and California (2-0) for the first time since early in the 1998 season; those shutouts were against Loyola Marymount (3-0), Western Washington (3-0) and Florida International (1-0). Prior to this streak, OSU had just two shutouts in three seasons against Pac-10 teams since the conference adopted men's soccer in 2000; the Beavers shut out UCLA 1-0 in 2001 and Cal 3-0 in 2002.
HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSE: OSU is 22nd nationally in scoring offense with a 2.15 goals-per game average. OSU has 28 goals in 13 games.
ROAD WARRIORS: OSU is 6-3-0 away from Lorenz Field this year - one road win away from the record of seven set by the 1991 squad.
WIN STREAKS: The Beavers' three-game Pac-10 winning streak is OSU's longest ever. OSU's longest conference winning streak was four games, set during the 1989-90 seasons when OSU played in the Northwest Colleges Soccer Conference. The Beavers currently are on a four-game road win streak, two shy of the school record set in 1989.
FLASH GORDON: Defending Pac-10 scoring leader Alan Gordon now has 21 points (9 goals, 3 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 55 points (24 goals, 7 assists) for his career and jumped up to third on OSU's career scoring list, 21 points from owning the record. Gordon's 24 career goals are third on OSU's career list. His 21 points this year are tied for 10th on OSU's all-time season points list, as are his nine 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.
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.
GOLDEN GOALS: Freshman midfielder Carlos Cornejo (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance HS) recorded the first two goals of his career against Stanford and California on Oct. 10 and Oct. 12, and both were game-winners. Cornejo scored off passes from Robbie Findley and Ryan Johnson in the 25th minute of a 1-0 win over Stanford. He followed that with OSU's first goal in the 26th minute of a 2-0 win over Cal two days later.
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 14 points (6 goals, 2 assists).
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.
START YOUR ENGINES: Seniors Christian vanBlommestein and Peter Billmeyer have starting streaks going. vanBlommestein, a defender, has started all 66 career matches in which he has played and scored his first career goal in a 3-0 win over Sacramento State. Billmeyer has started 52 straight games in goal, and 63 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 136-136-14 in overall play since the program's inception in 1988 under coach Jimmy Conway.
In league games, OSU is 38-56-6 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.
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 39-47-1 overall record, and is 10-26-1 in conference play.
While at OSU, Taylor's teams have done well in the classroom, often 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.