Women's Soccer Wraps Up Spring Season

May 23, 2005

Corvallis - With the recent end of the spring women's soccer season, Oregon State head coach Steve Fennah can start counting the days until a highly anticipated fall 2005 season.

Although the team went 1-1-2 in its four spring games, Fennah found much to be pleased with.

'Game-wise, we saw some good competition, and really played particularly well in three of those contests,' he said. 'I'm very pleased in certain areas of the field. Defensively we were very strong for a large part of the spring season. Scoring goals was a problem, but hopefully with the return to health of Jodie Taylor, and Stacey Mescher being fully recovered from her injury of last spring, plus the freshmen we expect to contribute, then hopefully that's something we look forward to being a positive for us in the fall.'

With only 16 players on the roster, depth was one of the few problems that Fennah faced.

'We had some challenges with injuries and having a fairly small squad,' he said. 'Because we have a large freshman and transfer group coming in, the result of that is we had a fairly small squad in the spring. Combined with the injuries, that hampered some of the things we needed to do. The flip side of that was changing the focus and working on some of the technical things that we might not have had the same opportunity to do, and really seeing some positive benefits of that.'

Many players had a very good spring season, according to Fennah.

'It reinforced that some kids are doing well in their positions,' he said. 'Certainly, our center-backs in Monica Storm and Alison Vislay. There's a great partnership developing between the two. It's great for Stacey to play games without a brace, which she had to use during the fall. Jen Crump and Kelli Washburn had a good partnership in the center of the field.'

Having the players stay prepared for the fall is an important summer task, said Fennah.

'Our fitness level is coming on, and the winter season was good for strength and conditioning,' he said. 'I'm excited to have them come back and be ready for fall. A number of girls will stay in town to do summer school, and will continue to train together. Some will go back and play for club teams because they're still young enough to play in state cups.'

The Beavers will be looking to build on a 2004 season that saw them go 10-9-1 overall, and 4-4-1 in the Pac-10. They open the 2005 season on Aug. 26 with a game against LSU in Eugene.

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