Beavers Open 2004 Campaign This Weekend Against San Diego State, UCSB

Aug. 25, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State women's soccer team opens its season at home for the first time since 2000 and only the second time since 1995. The Beavers (0-0-0) kick off their 2004 campaign by hosting San Diego State (0-0-0) on Friday at 5 p.m., and Cal-Santa Barbara on Sunday at 1 p.m.; both matches are at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.SERIES HISTORY WITH SDSU: The Beavers own a 5-1-0 advantage in the series with the Aztecs, including a 1-0 decision on the road in the 2003 season opener. OSU has won four in a row in the series that dates back to 1990.SERIES HISTORY WITH UCSB: OSU faced the Gauchos in 2003 as well, falling 2-1 in Santa Barbara to drop the Beavers' all-time series record to 1-3-0. OSU is on a three-game slide against UCSB in the series that dates back to 1989.KEY BEAVERS RETURN: OSU returns 12 starters and 15 letterwinners from a team that compiled a 7-11-2 record overall in 2003, but posted a program-best three wins (3-5-1) in Pac-10 play. Headlining the roster are 2003 all-conference selections Tessa Baker (for./2nd team) and Stacey Mescher (for./honorable mention). Baker was fifth in Pac-10 scoring with 25 points and third with 11 goals, and Mescher tallied three goals and assists. Other returning players with significant starting experience are Courtney Carter (sr., for.), Jen Crump (so., mid.), Melena Ertler (sr., def.), Janelle Joy (sr., for.), Stacey Mescher (jr., for.), Cara Miller (jr., def.), Liz Money (jr., mid.), Melissa Onstad (so., goal), Alison Vislay (so., def.), Kelli Washburn (so., mid.), and Lauren Wippel (so., def.).NEWCOMERS: OSU brings five newcomers into the fold: Alyssa Blackwell (fr., for.), Whitney Goodell (fr., for./mid.), Chloe Mutnick (so., def.), Monica Storm (fr., def.) and Jodie Taylor (fr., for.).FENNAH FACTS: In his seventh year at the helm of the Oregon State women's soccer program, head coach Steve Fennah has resurrected a once-stagnant program and returned it to the forefront of college soccer.In 2003, Fennah's squad won a school-record three Pacific-10 games, topped No. 10 Washington in Seattle and made a late charge at the postseason with a 3-1-1 stretch in conference action to finish alone in sixth place in one of the toughest conferences in the nation.Fennah's teams have become known for their offensive explosiveness and tough defensive play.In 2002, Fennah 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 was introduced as the third head coach in the history of the OSU program on Feb. 6, 1998.Prior to coaching at OSU, Fennah guided Jesuit High of Beaverton to its fourth straight Oregon Class 4A state title in the fall of 1997. In five seasons at Jesuit, he led the Crusaders to an 84-2-6 record and top-eight national rankings.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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