Oregon State looks for success in the second half of their conference schedule.
Oct. 26, 2004
Corvallis, Ore. -
SOCCER THIS WEEK: Oregon State (5-8-1 overall, 0-4-0 Pacific-10)begins the second half of it's Pacific-10 schedule this week when it visits No. 17 Stanford (6-3-5 overall, 1-2-2 Pacific-10) and No. 18 California (9-3-2 overall, 1-3-1). The Beavers lost both their prior meetings with these ranked opponents, but optimism is high for a different outcome.
'The guys beleive they can win.' OSU head coach Dana Taylor said. 'If we are still playing to the last whistle of the game as a team, I think we can win.'
Idle last week, OSU was able to recover from the rough start of their conference schedule and refocus on the team objectives.
'It came at a good time,' Taylor said. 'Everybody came back with a renewed sense and we know if we win out we have an opportunity to get back to the (NCAA) tournament.'
The Beavers will be at full strength with forward and leading scorer Robbie Findley returning to the lineup after a two week layoff while recovering from nagging injuries. Also returning will be Alex Christenson, Carlos Cornejo, and Bryan Jordan who all served a one-game suspension for ejections in their first meeting with California.
'He's been off an on all season,' Taylor said of Findley's condition 'He's just getting there now (healthy).' 'In these next five games, I really expect hime to have a breakout'
OSU will look to gain some ground in the Pacific-10 this coming week and for the remainder of the season.
'We want to keep the morale up, work on technical ability, and get some wins,' Taylor said. 'There are so many areas that we have been working on, but most importantly we just want to continue to grow.'
PACIFIC-10 STANDOUTS: Ryan Johnson is currently tied for No. 2 in the Pacific-10 in shots with 37 or an average of 2.64 per a game. Robbie Findley still remains on the leaderboard for goals, tied at No. 4 with five goals this season or 0.47 per a game.
SCOUTING THE CALIFORNIA BEARS: A tough Pacific-10 schedule has the California Bears at 1-3-1 in conference play. Recently losing to the Pacific-10 leader, UCLA, the Bears have dropped from No. 3 in the nation to No. 18. Earlier this season, the Bears prevailed over the Beavers 2-0 in a foul-filled affair that resulted in 4 ejections and a total of 39 fouls.
The Bears are returning all 11 starters from last year's team that broke new ground for the California soccer program. Of the 11 returning, Carl Acosta and Mike Munoz will be leading the Cal Bears this year. Carl Acosta, considered one of the best forwards in the country, was named to the second team All-America squad in preseason and he led Cal in scoring last year. Munoz, playing from the midfield, was a first team all Pac-10 selection last year and led the team shots.
THE STANFORD CARDINAL: Recently losing twice to league-leading UCLA, Stanford posts a 1-2-2 conference record. In the last meeting with OSU, the Cardinal won a 2-1 thriller over the Beavers.
After losing just two seniors from last year, the 2004 Stanford team returns an experienced core of players that are looking to improve on last years 3-15-2 record. Senior goalkeeper and captain Robby Fulton was one of 25 players recently named to the watch list for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy.