Beavers Set To Begin Pacific-10 Play

Oct. 5, 2004

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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (6-5-0 overall, 0-0-0 Pacific-10) starts the Pacific-10 women's soccer season on the road this week, playing at UCLA on Friday at 7 p.m. and at Southern California on Sunday at 1 p.m.

'We feel good going into the conference,' OSU head coach Steve Fennah said. 'We had a bad spell for a while during our preseason. We lost our way a bit, Melissa Onstad's injury hurt us, but we were able to bounce back against Gonzaga and get a winning non-conference record.

'We feel good going into our Pac-10 season. If we go out there and do the right things going into the conference, we will be successful. We have to make sure we are prepared defensively. We are definitely looking to steal some goals on the counterattack from UCLA and USC.'

OSU will be looking to freshman forward Jodie Taylor, who has had a standout non-conference season with 10 goals in 11 games. Taylor is on track to break Val Williams' single-season scoring record of 47 points, having accumulated 21 points on the year (10 goals, 1 assist). Taylor currently leads the Pac-10 in shots (44), points (21), and goals (10).

OSU's Stacey Mescher is also ranked among the Pac-10 leaders, tying Cal's Stephanie Wieger for second with five assists. Mescher and Wieger are second to Arizona's Mallory Miller, who has seven assists on the year.

SERIES HISTORY WITH UCLA: The Beavers have seen action against the Bruins (7-3-0, 0-0-0 ) since 1995, winning two of their eight matchups over the past years (1995, 2001). OSU lost to UCLA last year 3-1 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium. Now in sixth year as head coach, Jillian Ellis led the Bruins to an impressive 20-2-3 sesaon in 2003.

SERIES HISTORY WITH USC: OSU's last game of 2003 resulted in a 3-0 loss against the Trojans (6-3-1, 0-0-0) in Corvallis. OSU has won two of the 10 matchups against USC, those wins coming in the 1993-94 seasons. The Trojans are led by ninth-year head Coach Jim Milliner, who saw a 9-8-4 season for his team in 2003.

OSU GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. PORTLAND STATE: OSU fell 1-0 to Portland State the afternoon of Sept. 29 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium. PSU's Annie Peccia scored the only goal of the game during the ninth minute off an assist from Kari Otani. Despite outshooting the Vikings 11-7, the Beavers were unable to pull off the win. The loss brought OSU to 5-5-0 on the year while raising the Vikings to 3-5-1.

OSU GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. GONZAGA: The Beavers topped Gonzaga 1-0 on the afternoon of Oct. 1 at Lorenz Field at Valley Staduim, breaking a five-game losing streak. OSU outshot GU 26-3, finally scoring during the 82nd minute of the game. Mescher, square with the goalie, passed right to Taylor 10 yards out; she dribbled into the goal and chipped in the shot, bringing home the win for the Beavers. The victory gave the Beavers a winning pre-season record of 6-5-0 going into their Pac-10 season.

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