Beavers Clash With Portland Friday

Sept. 16, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State women's soccer team returns home to take on No. 6 Portland Friday Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. at Lorenz Field.

SERIES HISTORY WITH PORTLAND: The Beavers have a long history of games against the No. 6 Pilots, recently losing 2-1 at Lorenz Field in 2002 and losing again 2-1 at Portland in 2003. The Pilots rounded out last season with an 18-3-2 record, and are 5-1-0 going into their game against the Beavers. OSU is 1-17-0 all-time versus UP.

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Despite OSU's loss against Va. Commonwealth last weekend, the women's soccer team is off to it's best start since 1995 with an overall record of 5-1-0. The Beavers tied their five game winning stretch at the beginning of the season with 1995's team who lost their sixth game to Santa Clara.

STATISTICAL STANDOUTS: OSU goalkeeper Melissa Onstad has played every game for the Beavers this season, only allowing two goals in five games prior to Sunday's loss. Forward Jodie Taylor is on pace to break Val Williams' OSU points record of 47. Taylor has seven goals in six games and is on track to score 50 points by the end of the season.

OSU GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. RICHMOND: OSU gained its fifth straight win of the season against Richmond last Friday in Peoria, Ill. The Beavers won 2-0, with Janelle Joy scoring her first goal of the season on a cross from Liz Money in the 79th minute. Stacey Mescher also scored for the Beavers off a cross from Jodie Taylor, bringing home the win for OSU.

OSU GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH: OSU was handed it's first loss of the season after a valiant effort in overtime against VCU, making the final score 3-2. The Beavers' Jodie Taylor scored both goals for OSU, forcing overtime with 3:29 remaining in regulation. Despite goalie Melissa Onstand's seven saves for OSU, the Beavers lost off a five yard goal from VCU's Jen Parsons in the 92nd minute of the game.

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