Pac-10 play starts as Beavers take on the
Sept. 29, 2004
Corvallis, Ore. - - SOCCER THIS WEEK: The Oregon State Men's Soccer team (5-4-1) enters the gauntlet of Pac-10 soccer this friday when it visit No. 11 UCLA. The nighttime game kicks off at 8 p.m. at Frank W. Marshall Field in Drake Stadium.
SCOUTING THE UCLA BRUINS: Ranked No. 11 nationally, the Bruins are also the favorites to win the Pac-10 this year. This season was expected to be a rebuilding season after losing their head coach and six starters, three of whom were All-Americans. The Bruins have surprised everyone but themselves this year by retooling and compiling a 4-1-2 record in preseason play. Standout seniors Mike Enfield and Aaron Lopez are considered the leaders of the group and are also tabbed to be two of the top 25 players to watch in 2004, according to the M.A.C. Herman Trophy watch list. Aside from the two seniors, the Bruins have a slew of young talent including the returning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Chad Barret at forward. Oregon State has a all-time record of 2-11-0 against UCLA.
RECENT STANDOUT PERFORMANCES: The Oregon State defense held Cornell to just two shots compared to 21 for OSU in it's last game with OSU winning 5-0. 'The entire back line and the goalkeeper did a great job locking the game down,' OSU head coach DanaTaylor said. 'I was proud of them for getting the shutout, we did what we had to do.'
OSU HIGHLIGHTS VS. NO. 25 ST. BONAVENTURE OSU upset No. 25-ranked St. Bonaventure 2-1 Friday in double-overtime. Matt Johnson scored the first goal of the game for the Beavers in the 16th minute off his own deflected shot. Later, into double-overtime, Brett Gardner put in a great individual effort to beat two defenders and score the winning goal.
OSU HIGHLIGHTS VS. CORNELL:OSU dominated almost every aspect of the game against visiting Cornell on Sunday winning 5-0. The Beavs got scores from five different players including leading scorer Robbie Findley. Ryan Johnson, Chad Bartlome, Bryan Jordan, and Carlos Cornejo also put in scores to cement the victory.
Statistics of Interest: OSU forward Robbie Findley leads the Pac-10 in scoring with five goals this season.
As a team, OSU leads the Pac-10 in shots, goals, and assists.
Over the last two games, in the Diadora/Clif Bar Tournament, the Beavers out shot opponents by a total of 41-13.
Pac-10 Competition: Four of the five teams in the Pac-10 conference are ranked in the top 25 nationally by Soccer America. California ranked the highest at No. 3 and Washington ranked the lowest at No. 24.