Oregon State Wraps Up Season With No. 2 UCLA, USC This Weekend

Nov. 4, 2003


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Friday, Nov. 7 - No. 2 UCLA (14-1-3 overall, 6-0-1 Pacific-10) at Oregon State (7-9-2, 3-3-1); Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium; 2 p.m.


Sunday, Nov. 9 - USC (7-7-4, 3-3-1) at Oregon State (7-9-2, 3-3-1);Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium; 11 a.m.

The Oregon State women's soccer team (7-9-2 overall, 3-3-1 Pacific-10) wraps up its regular season this weekend when it hosts No. 2 UCLA at 2 p.m. on Friday and plays an 11 a.m. match with USC on Sunday at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.

Tessa Baker continues to impress this year, totaling 10 goals and three assists to lead the Beavers and rank third in the Pac-10 with 23 points.

Baker's 23 points are the most by a Beaver since Jenna Leavitt put up 24 points (8 goals, 8 assists) during the 1994 campaign; she ranks eighth on the OSU season scoring list.

Baker has scored six goals in the last eight games.

Four other Beavers have seven or more points; Brianna Monka leads the way with 14 (6 goals, 2 assists), while Janelle Joy (4 goals, 1 assist) and Stacey Mescher (3 goals, 3 assists) have nine each, and Lindsey Beem seven (1 goal, 5 assists).

After another assist last weekend at Arizona, Beem is now fifth on OSU's career assist list with 15. The junior team co-captain is also tied for 10th with current teammate Courtney Carter with 37 career points.

Amy Johnson has performed well since taking over the starting goalkeeper position on Oct. 26 and earning a 1-0 shutout of Stanford; Johnson is 2-1 as a starter and boasts a 1.09 goals-against average.

'Amy Johnson has been playing very well in goal for us,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'She's made some great plays and has really come on of late.'

The Beavers have a chance to equal last year's record of 9-9-2 with a pair of wins this weekend, but to do it, they'll have to knock off No. 2 UCLA on Friday and beat USC on Sunday.

'This will be a great test for our team this weekend,' Fennah said. 'We're looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd again, and we're facing two very good opponents.

'UCLA is the most gifted team in the conference and can beat you all over the field. They will be a very dangerous opponent.

'USC is also a very talented team that is very athletic and attacks relentlessly.'

This Friday, the Beavers are hoping for a repeat performance of their 2001 meeting with UCLA in Corvallis when OSU stunned the Bruins - ranked third at the time - 2-1.

In that meeting, Katie Henderson and Jill Nicks gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead that allowed OSU to survive a UCLA goal in the 88th minute and earn the upset win.

The Beavers are 2-6-0 all-time against UCLA, including a 3-0 win in the first meeting in 1995. UCLA won last year 4-1 in Los Angeles.

The Bruins (14-1-3, 6-0-1) have not lost since a 5-2 non-conference setback against North Carolina on Sept. 19; UNC was ranked first then and is still the nation's top-ranked team with a perfect 18-0-0 mark.

Since Sept. 19, UCLA is 10-0-1, including 6-0-1 in the Pac-10.

Sophomore forward Iris Mora leads UCLA with 30 points (9 goals, 12 assists), but three other Bruins have 13 points or more.

UCLA has outscored opponents 42-13 and owns a 20.2-6.5 advantage in shots.

Arianna Criscione and Sarah Lombardo have split time in goal; Criscione has a 0.63 goals-against average and Lombardo sports a 0.77 GAA.

The Bruins are already guaranteed at least a share of the Pac-10 title.

Sunday's foe, USC (7-7-4, 3-3-1), enters its weekend matches at Oregon and OSU on the NCAA Women's College Cup bubble and needing two wins to bolster its bid for a spot in the tournament.

The Women of Troy have lost three of their last four matches and have been shut out in all three of those losses. USC did knock off No. 18 Arizona State 3-1 in Tempe last Friday.

Rosa Anna Tantillo paces the USC attack with 14 points (6 goals, 2 assists).

Julie Peterson has played every minute in goal, allowing an average of 1.22 goals per game.

OSU is 2-8-0 against USC since the series began in 1993. The Beavers won the first two meetings and have dropped the last eight, including a 2-1 overtime decision last year in Los Angeles.

OSU split its matches last weekend in the desert, topping Arizona 2-1 on Oct. 31, and falling to Arizona State 1-0 on Nov. 2.

'I thought we did some good things last weekend on the road - obviously, it was nice to get the win at Arizona, and we gave a great effort on Sunday against Arizona State.

'It will be nice to get Stacey Mescher back in the lineup - she is another threat that opposing teams have to deal with out wide, and she really opens up the field for us,' Fennah said of the sophomore forward who served a mandatory suspension Sunday following a red card at Arizona.

Baker and Monka provided the goals in OSU's win, with Monka scoring in the 16th minute off a set of passes from Stacey Mescher and Liz Money. Lindsey Beem set up Tessa Baker for the game-winner at 70:53 with a through-ball for Baker's 10-yard shot.

Against ASU, the Sun Devils outshot OSU 17-3 en route to a 1-0 shutout win.

AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: Tessa Baker is third in the Pac-10 with 23 points and is second in goals scored with 10. Lindsey Beem is tied for sixth with five assists. Melissa Onstad leads the Pac-10 with 86 saves.

BEEM ME UP: Junior Lindsey Beem is now fifth on the OSU's all-time assist list with 15 for her career. Beem has recorded five assists in each of her first three seasons. She has 11 career goals to boot to tie her for 10th on the career scoring list with 37 points.

CONSISTENT THREAT: Sophomore forward Tessa Baker has moved into eighth place on OSU's single-season points list with 23 (10 goals, 3 assists). Baker's 23 points are the most by a Beaver since Jenna Leavitt tallied 24 in 1994. Her 10 goals equal the fourth-best season total. Baker is close to breaking into the career points and goals lists - she is seven points from the top-10 points list and one score shy of the top-10 goals list.

QUICK SHOT: OSU has taken a Pac-10-low 197 shots but is fourth in the conference in goals, with 26 (1.44 per game).

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.

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. They have also become known for 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 45-61-10, and 9-39-4 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 32-39-2 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season, and is 4-3 this year. The Beavers finished the 2002 regular season with a 7-4-0 record at home, and are 17-11-0 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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