Beavs Host Gonzaga Wednesday, Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Classic This Weekend.

Sept. 14, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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THIS WEEK: The Beavers return home this weekend after a five-game stretch on the road, marking their first home game of the season at Lorenz Field. OSU is taking on Gonzaga University at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, and hosts UC-Davis on Friday at 2:30 p.m., and Rhode Island Sunday at 2 p.m. in the inaugural Joe Zaher/Stephen Hensor Classic. The Classic is named for the two men's soccer players who passed away in 2002. Rhode Island plays Vermont Friday at noon, and UC-Davis takes on Vermont Sunday at noon at Lorenz Field.

TIES WITH URI AND VERMONT: Former assistant coach Jesse Cormier returns to Lorenz Field this weekend when he brings his Vermont squad to Corvallis. Cormier served three years as an assistant at OSU, helping the Beavers to postseason appearances in 2002 and 2003 before accepting the head coaching position at Vermont in February.

Current OSU assistants Anthony Latronica and Mick McDermott both enjoyed stellar careers at URI. Latronica was a two-time All-American for the Rams from 1995-96, and McDermott earned Academic All-America honors from 1994-95.

SERIES HISTORY WITH GONZAGA: The Beavers own a 13-5-2 all-time record against the Bulldogs, including a 4-2 comeback win last year in Corvallis. GU's current 2004 season record is 2-2-0.

SERIES HISTORY WITH UC-DAVIS: OSU will be taking on UCD for the first time this Friday. UCD ended it's 2003 season with a 10-5-4 overall record and has started it's 2004 season with a 1-3-0 record.

SERIES HISTORY WITH RHODE ISLAND: OSU took on URI last year for the first time, beating the Rams on their home turf 4-3 in double overtime. URI finished last season with a 13-10-1 record, and currently has a 3-1-0 record going into its game against the Beavers.

STANDOUT PLAYERS: OSU forwards Robbie Findley and Brett Gardner were both selected for the Bradley Classic All-Tournament Team this weekend. Findley scored a goal against Southwest Missouri State and had three shots in both of OSU's games against Bradley and SMS. Gardner had three shots against BU and one shot on goal against SMS.

OSU HIGHLIGHTS VS.SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE: OSU fell to SMS 2-1 last Friday afternoon. OSU forward Robbie Findley scored his second goal of the year off an intercepted goal kick, while freshman goalkeeper Jason Mariner made seven saves over three saves by SMS's goalie Nathan Platz. OSU outshot SMS 13-10.

OSU HIGHLIGHTS VS. BRADLEY: OSU lost 1-0 to Bradley last Saturday afternoon in Peoria, Ill., bringing the Beavers record to 1-4-0. OSU forward Ryan Johnson had nine shots during the game, five of which were shots on goal. Although OSU outshot BU 24-9, BU's Kevin Erickson scored the game-winning goal during the 82nd minute of the game.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH DANA TAYLOR: In his sixth year as the men's head soccer coach at Oregon State University, Dana Taylor has elevated the program to elite status.

With 2003 came another record-breaking season in which the Beavers again advanced to the NCAA Men's College Cup, hosting an opening-round game for the first time in program history after claiming a school-record 13 wins for the second year in a row.

Taylor has an all-time record of 44-54-1, all at OSU. Over the last two years, Taylor's squads have gone 27-19.

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