No. 15/14 OSU Hosts Cal, Stanford In Last Home Matches Of The Regular Season

Oct. 28, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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Friday, Oct. 31 - California (7-7-2 overall, 3-3-1 Pacific-10) at No. 15/14 Oregon State (10-4-0, 4-1-0); 1 p.m.; Lorenz Field

Sunday, Nov. 2 - Stanford (2-12-2, 0-7-0) at No. 15/14 OSU, 1 p.m.; Lorenz Field

NOTE: Rankings are National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Soccer America polls

Oregon State enters this weekend's Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer action with California and Stanford ranked 15th/14th (National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Soccer America) in the country and looking to extend its four-game winning streak after a 12-day stretch between games.

Winners of six of their last seven, the Beavers host California (7-7-2, 3-3-1) on Friday at 1 p.m. and tackle Stanford (2-12-2, 0-7-0) at 1 p.m. on Sunday in OSU's final regular season home matches of the year.

The Beavers, idle last weekend, own a 10-4-0 overall record and are 4-1-0 in Pac-10 play. OSU's only loss was to No. 1 UCLA in the conference opener on Oct. 3 by a 2-1 count. OSU's 4-1-0 mark in the Pac-10 is the Beavers' best conference start in history and matches the school record for Pac-10 wins.

The Beavers enter the weekend's matchups 15th in the nation in scoring, netting an average of 2.21 goals per game and outscoring their last four opponents by a 10-1 margin.

Peter Billmeyer and the OSU defense are looking for their fourth shutout in five games when they face Cal on Friday. The Beavers have held Cal scoreless in the teams' last two meetings.

Billmeyer owns the school record with 15 career shutouts, including five this year. Also among his collection of school marks are the career (301) and season (100 in 2002) saves records.

Billmeyer's 1.03 GAA is a career-low, and ties Jon Edmonston's all-time season low. Billmeyer has already played over 300 minutes (1,217 total) more than Edmonston's 1991 total.

OSU is led offensively by defending Pac-10 scoring leader Alan Gordon, whose 25 points this year has moved him into third on OSU's career scoring list with 59.

Gordon is one of three OSU individuals among the nation's statistical leaders; his 0.79 goals-per-game average is 15th nationally (11 goals in 14 games) and 1.79 points per game is tied for 19th.

Gordon's 25 points match the fourth-best season total in school history.

Ryan Johnson and Ross Duncan continue to be the lifeline to OSU scores, as they have 13 and eight assists, respectively.

Johnson's 13 dishes are an OSU season record, and the sophomore already owns the career mark with 18.

Johnson is the nation's co-leader in assists per game with a 0.93 average, and Ross Duncan is 22nd with a 0.57 mark. The tandem has assisted 21 of OSU's 31 goals.

The Beavers will face California without the services of senior defender and Pac-10 honors candidate Kurt Ness, who will serve a one-game suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card this season in OSU's last match on Oct. 19.

'Knowing how tough our series have been with Cal and Stanford, I fully expect all-out battles on Friday and Sunday,' fifth-year OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'There is never an easy game in the Pac-10, and these teams have tremendous talent and a winning tradition.

'I expect both teams to come at us with a lot of energy. We cannot expect to win this weekend without a complete team effort.'

This weekend will mark the second meeting between OSU and the Bay Area schools this year as teams enter the second half of the conference schedule; the Beavers swept Stanford and California on the road for the first time ever earlier this year, shutting out Stanford 1-0 and California 2-0.

Though the Beavers trail 6-11-1 in the all-time series with California, OSU has shut out the Golden Bears in the last two meetings by a combined 5-0. That includes a 3-0 decision in Corvallis on the final day of the regular season last year that sealed the first-ever NCAA College Cup appearance for the Beavers.

Carl Acosta's 17 points pace California offensively, while Mike Oseguera boasts a 1.03 goals-against average in the net.

The Bears have won two of their last three games overall - both wins coming against Fresno State (2-0 and 1-0) - but dropped their most recent match with UCLA 1-0 on Sunday.

In OSU's 2-0 win on Oct. 12, Gordon and Carlos 'Boku' Cornejo scored goals.

OSU has never defeated Stanford or California twice in a season; OSU earned its second win in the series with Stanford earlier this year and has a 2-14-2 overall record with the Cardinal in the series dating back to 1988. OSU's only other win against Stanford was in 1995 by a convincing 5-0 margin.

Cornejo tallied his first career goal in the win over the Cardinal on Oct. 10 in the 25th minute off passes from Robbie Findley and Ryan Johnson.

The Cardinal, who face No. 25 Washington Friday, enter the weekend looking for their first conference win of the season and third win overall after playing in the national championship match last year against UCLA.

Stanford has struggled to find the back of the net this year, scoring only 10 goals in 16 games, and has allowed 25 scores by opponents. The Cardinal have been shut out in their last six games and have scored only one goal in Pac-10 play this year.

Matt Janusz' seven points leads the Cardinal, while Robby Fulton has started 10 games in goal and has a 1.46 goals-against average.

In its last action, OSU took care of then-No. 7 Washington 3-1 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium on Oct. 19.

Alan Gordon tallied two goals and Ross Duncan added two assists as the Beavers opened up a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Cornejo scored the first goal of the game for the third match in a row, netting a shot in the eighth minute.

OSU RANKED: Oregon State moved up two spots in the NSCAA rankings to 15th without playing a game last week. Soccer America kept the Beavers at 14th, while OSU is ranked 23rd by College Soccer News - up two spots from last week.

Ryan Johnson LEADS NCAA: Sophomore forward/midfielder Ryan Johnson (Boston, Mass.) ranks 1st in the NCAA in total number of assists with 13. His 0.93 assist-per-game average is also first; he has 13 assists in 14 games. His three assists against Rhode Island equaled the highest single-game total in the country.

Peter Billmeyer: Peter Billmeyer owns the OSU career shutout record with 15, including five this year. Billmeyer, a senior from Omaha, Neb., also holds the school record for career saves with 301, as well as season saves with 100 (2002). His 1.03 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, marking the second time in his career he has been named to a national team of the week.

JOHNSON OWNS CAREER ASSIST RECORD, ADDS TO SEASON MARK: Sophomore Ryan Johnson set the OSU career assist record after just 31 games and now has 18 assists in his young career. He broke the former mark of 16 held by Chris Scotti (1989-92) and Fredrik Kemmernes (1995-98). With 13 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.

CORNEJO ON TEAM OF THE WEEK: Freshman midfielder Carlos Cornejo was named to the SoccerAmerica Team of the Week following his game-winning goals in wins over Stanford and California on Oct. 10-12.

FLASH GORDON: Defending Pac-10 scoring leader Alan Gordon now has 25 points (11 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 59 points (26 goals, 7 assists) for his career and jumped up to third on OSU's career scoring list, 17 points from owning the record. Gordon's 26 career goals are third on OSU's career list. His 25 points this year are tied for fourth on OSU's all-time season points list, and his 11 goals are fifth. 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. Gordon's 0.79 goals-per-game average is 15th nationally (11 goals in 14 games) and 1.79 points per game is tied for 19th.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Oregon State has allowed just one goal in its last four Pac-10 games, dropping its goals-allowed average to 1.13 for the season. OSU has allowed just 16 goals this year, compared to 33 last year.

HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSE: OSU is 15th nationally in scoring offense with a 2.21 goals-per game average. OSU has 31 goals in 14 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' four-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.

DUNCAN CLIMBS ASSIST CHARTS: Ross Duncan, a senior from Corvallis, has moved into fifth on OSU's all-time assist chart with 12 for his career. His career-high eight assists this year match the third-best total in a season at OSU. He is tied for 22nd nationally with a 0.57 assist-per game average.

SENIOR DAY: Seven OSU seniors will play their final match at home against Stanford on Sunday. Peter Billmeyer, Nick Donaldson, Ross Duncan, Brian Farber, Alan Gordon, Kurt Ness and Christian vanBlommestein are the seven.

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 67 career matches in which he has played and scored his first career goal in a 3-0 win over Sacramento State. Billmeyer has started 53 straight games in goal, and 64 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 137-136-14 in overall play since the program's inception in 1988 under coach Jimmy Conway.

The Beavers' all-time record is back above .500 for the first time since Sept. 19, 1999, when OSU was 104-103-13. The Beavers lost their next match to Loyola Marymount 2-0.

OSU pushed its record back to 106-106-13 with a 2-1 win against Gonzaga on Oct. 10, but lost its next five games and didn't regain its winning record until beating No. 7 Washington on Oct. 19, 2003.

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.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH Dana Taylor: Dana Taylor has instilled an unprecedented level of excitement in Oregon State men's soccer in 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 40-47-1 overall record, and is 11-26-1 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 33-28-3 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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