Oregon State Faces First Pac-10 Road Trip This Weekend Against Washington Schools

Oct. 15, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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Friday, Oct. 17 - Oregon State (4-7-1 overall, 0-1-0 Pacific-10) at No. 10 Washington (7-3-3, 0-1-1); Seattle, Wash.; 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 19 - OSU at Washington State (4-8-0, 0-2-0); Pullman, Wash.;12 p.m.

A LOOK AT WASHINGTON: The No. 10 Huskies (7-3-3, 0-1-1) are 2-2-3 against ranked opponents this year, including wins over then-No. 18 Maryland and No. 6 Texas. UW tied No. 18 USC 1-1 and lost to No. 3 UCLA 3-2 in double overtime in Los Angeles during the opening weekend of Pac-10 play. Forward Tina Frimpong leads the Huskies with 21 points on nine goals and three assists. In goal, senior Lisa Brookens has a 0.91 goals-against average and has made 48 saves.

OSU HISTORY WITH THE HUSKIES: OSU is 3-11-0 all-time against Washington, including a 3-1 loss in Corvallis last year. Washington has won the last nine meetings, and has never lost to OSU at home.

A LOOK AT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars (4-8-0, 0-2-0) dropped their first two Pac-10 matches in Los Angeles last weekend, losing to No. 18 USC 1-0 and No. 3 UCLA 2-1 in overtime. WSU has struggled in close games, losing four by one goal. The Cougars have struggled offensively, scoring 10 goals in 12 games, and are led by Nicole Wilcox's and Rachel Rodrick's seven points each. Katie Hultin sports a 0.84 GAA in the net and has made 37 saves.

OSU HISTORY WITH THE COUGARS: It would be difficult to find more parity in a series - OSU and Washington State are each 6-6-1 in the all-time series that dates back to 1988. Four of the last five meetings have gone to overtime, including the last three. OSU fell 1-0 in a heartbreaker last year in Corvallis while playing short-handed after Whitney Horn was ejected with her second yellow card in the 46th minute. OSU held WSU scoreless into the second overtime, when Katrina Stroh capitalized on a Christie Spear corner kick at 103:31. OSU's last win was in 1999 - a 3-2 decision in Pullman.

LAST ACTION: A pair of converted second-half penalty kicks brought Oregon to a 3-3 tie after Oregon State built a 3-1 lead with crisp passing and ball movement. The game went to overtime, where Oregon claimed a 4-3 win in the third minute of extra time on a goal by Mele French off a Nicole Garbin pass. Tessa Baker gave OSU a 2-0 lead with scores in the fourth and 26th minutes. Baker followed a Stacey Mescher shot for the first score and rebounded her own on the second. Oregon answered in the 29th minute when Andrea Valadez headed in a shot that OSU keeper Melissa Onstad couldn't control after saving Carlie Ashcraft's header off a corner kick. Lindsey Beem made it 3-1 OSU at the break when she booted her first goal of the year off a Brianna Monka pass in the 32nd minute. Lindsey Werdell and Garbin converted the penalty kicks for UO in the 62nd and 77th minutes, respectively. OSU was whistled for 17 second-half fouls to Oregon's eight. The game marked the first time this year OSU has surrendered more than two goals in a game.

SHOT STOPPER: Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Onstad has made 71 saves this year, which is first in the Pac-10 by 17. She earned complete-game shutouts of San Diego State, San Diego and Weber State and has a 1.32 goals-against average.

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. She has 11 career goals to boot to place her 11th on the career scoring list with 35 points. Beem is tied for eighth in the Pac-10 in assists with three.

CONSISTENT THREAT: Sophomore forward Tessa Baker has moved into 10th on OSU's single-season goals list after tallying two against Oregon on Oct. 10 - she now has seven this year. Baker has four goals in her last three games - one against Weber State and Portland and two against Oregon. She scored three as a freshman.

AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: Tessa Baker is tied for third in scoring among in the Pac-10 with 15 points. Her seven goals are tied for second. Stacey Mescher and Lindsey Beem are tied for eight with three assists, and Melissa Onstad leads the conference with 71 saves.

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 Wippel (defense), Amy Johnson (goal), Tiara Hong (defense), Catherine Betts (forward) and Shelly Wallace (defense).

NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Oregon State has compiled a 38-23-6 record against non-conference opponents since 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 (5), Pepperdine (8), Washington (10), Wake Forest (13), Duke (18) and Arizona State (24) are the teams.

FENNAH FACTS: Now in his sixth year, Steve Fennah, 36, has guided the Beavers to their first back-to-back seasons (2001-02) 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 43-60-9, and 6-37-3 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 31-38-2 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 16-10-0 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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