Beavers Try To Tame Huskies And Even Season Series

Oct. 31, 2000



Washington at Oregon State, 1 p.m.

NOTE: Due to construction of the new OSU softball stadium, the entrance to Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium has been changed to the east sideline for the remainder of the season. The most convenient parking is available in the lot located at the southeast corner of Southwest 15th Street and Western Boulevard.

After a disappointing weekend that saw the Oregon State men's soccer squad lose to California on the road and then fall to Gonzaga in a home match, the Beavers (7-9-1 overall, 1-4-1 Pacific-10) need to rebound this Sunday against the No. 25 Washington Huskies (10-5-0, 4-1-0) in a home contest at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium at 1 p.m. The match will be televised via tape-delay on Fox Sports Northwest on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.

The Beavers will have to overcome an emotional letdown that followed last week's performances.

'The attitude was pretty poor (after Gonzaga),' OSU head coach Dana Taylor said. 'We sat down and had some individual meetings and team meetings and told them that no matter how we finish out regarding our record, as long as we play hard, and make sure we're striving toward the spring and next season, then we've already accomplished many firsts for the program.'

OSU got off to a 5-3 start, but has slowed down since it entered conference play.

'We had a great start this year,' Taylor said. 'We still have to continue to close the gap between us and the other teams, we're doing that working hard during the offseason. Also, these other teams are graduating players while we gain more experience.

'We went over that as a team,' Taylor continued. 'We've got two games left against teams that will be in the postseason, so this is like our postseason. We're going into these last two games with renewed vigor and we will keep fighting.'

The Beavers nearly cracked the Husky mystique - OSU is 0-13-1 all-time against UW - in the teams' Oct. 1 match as the Huskies edged out OSU 1-0.

Missed scoring opportunities hurt the Beavers in their first meeting with the Huskies, as did a few defensive mistakes, both of which OSU expects to remedy this time around.

'Defensively, we can't give up the mistakes that we've been making in the back the last two games,' Taylor said of the fact that OSU surrendered six goals against California and Gonzaga. 'As long as we take care of the mistakes in the back, we'll be okay.

'Offensively, we moved the ball well the last time (against Washington),' Taylor continued. 'We've got to work on getting into positions to get good scoring chances on a consistent basis. They're a strong team on a bit of a roll, and it's a TV game, so we've got to be ready to play.'

Sunday will mark the last home match for four OSU seniors. James Albert, Jerod Fitzgerald, Josh McCarty, and Matt Olsen will take the field for the last time in their Oregon State careers.

'We've appreciated the work from the upperclassmen,' Taylor said. 'We thank them for their hard work and their dedication to the program over the last four years.'


Oregon State is 0-13-1 all-time against the University of Washington, including a 1-0 loss on the Huskies home turf on Oct. 1.

The lone tie in the series was in 1993 when the squads played to a 1-1 standoff in Corvallis.

Aside from the tie, OSU has come close on a few occasions, dropping one-goal decisions in 1990 (2-1), 1991 (1-0), 1992 (2-1), 1995 (2-1), 1996 (2-1), and the 1-0 game earlier this season.

JAMES ALBERT: The senior forward is one of three players (Matt Olsen, Ben Roth) with 40-plus career games played at Oregon State... leads the team with 62 career games played... scored a goal on Sept. 22 against UCSB... scored against Stanford in 2-1 loss... recorded assists against Oral Roberts on Sept. 3, UCLA on Oct. 13, UCLA on Oct. 22 in 2-1 win... 21 shots

PETER BILLMEYER: The freshman goalkeeper sports a 1.37 goals-against average in 12 games... has 50 saves (second in Pac-10), including an eight-save performance against Washington on Oct. 1 and seven against Santa Clara on Sept. 14... 4.17 saves per game leads the Pac-10.

ALEX CLOSE: Fired 12 shots on the year... scored one goal against Oral Roberts on Sept. 3.

ROSS DUNCAN: Scored his first career goal in a 3-0 win over Sacramento State on Sept. 10.

JOSH ELBAUM: The team co-captain recorded his first career goal in a 3-0 win over Sacramento State when he curved a corner kick into the net... scored against then-No. 10 Portland in 2-1 win on Sept. 19, Cal-Santa Barbara on Sept. 22, and UCLA on Oct. 22... leads the team with 31 shots and has three assists, which came against Cal-Irvine in 2-1 loss, UCSB in 4-2 win, and Gonzaga in 4-1loss... leads team with 11 points... Tied for 10th in Pac-10 with 11 points... tied for seventh with 1.94 shots per game... 33 shots is eighth-best in conference

NICK JENSEN: Played in 12 games... five shots.

JUSTIN KIRK: The sophomore forward booted his first goal of the season in a 2-1 loss to Cal-Irvine on Sept. 16... scored again in loss to CS-Northridge on Sept. 24... scored against San Francisco on Oct. 15... had one assist in OSU's 3-0 win at Oral Roberts on Sept. 3... tallied another assist against Cal-Santa Barbara in 4-2 win on Sept. 22, and against UCLA on Oct. 22... has 25 shots on the year... tallied the most points of any returning player last season.

AARON MCHARDY: Recorded a goal in 2-1 win over Tulsa on Sept. 1, Sacramento State on Sept. 10, in 1-1 tie with California, and in 2-1 win over UCLA on Oct. 22... 32 shots is second on the team, ninth in Pac-10... 1.88 shots per game is 10th in the league.

MARK MULEADY: Has a 1.64 GAA in six games... 25 saves.

KURT NESS: Started every game as a back... two shots.

MATT OLSEN: Tied for team lead with 10 points on four goals and two assists... goals came in wins over Oral Roberts and Portland, with two in a win over Cal-Santa Barbara... recorded assists against Oral Roberts and Portland.

BEN ROTH: The junior has played in 52 career games, starting 49... 49 starts is tops on the squad... scored a goal against Gonzaga on Oct. 29... has 12 shots this year.

JESSE SERVIN: Booted a goal in each of the first two games of his career on Sept. 1 and 3... scored OSU's first goal of the season unassisted against Tulsa and followed that up with a score off a Matt Olsen pass against Oral Roberts two days later... taken 28 shots.

RYAN SMITH: The sophomore midfielder and team co-captain is the only returning player to have started all 17 games last season for the Beavers... scored a goal against UCLA on Oct. 13... recorded an assist against UCLA on Oct. 22... taken 17 shots.

CHRISTIAN vanBLOMMESTEIN: The freshman has started 16 games this year and played solid defense... taken six shots.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies (10-5-0) defeated Gonzaga 3-0 on Oct. 27, then lost 4-1 at Portland on Sunday.

As of Oct. 30, Ben Somoza leads the Huskies with 17 points on five goals and seven asssists, while Bryn Ritchie has four goals and four assists for 12 points.

In goal, Chad Olsen has given up 19 goals in 15 games and carries a 1.27 goals-against average in 1,349 minutes.

UW has outshot its opponents 265-145, and has outscored opponents 21-6 in the second half (29-19 overall). They have taken 110 corner kicks compared to 42 for the opposition.

OREGON STATE ON TELEVISION: The Beavers' home game against the Washington Huskies on November 5 will be broadcast via tape-delay on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on Fox Northwest.

BILLMEYER VIES FOR SPOT ON SEASON SAVES LIST: Peter Billmeyer is in the hunt for a spot on the season-saves top-three list. The Omaha, Neb., native has 50 saves in 12 games played. Billmeyer needs 10 saves to play his way into third place on the list.

   Name	                Svs.1. Bryan Hill (1999)	952. Bryan Hill (1997)	903. Bryan Hill (1998)	60

ELBAUM, ALBERT, AND KIRK HAVE SHOT AT ASSISTS LIST: Josh Elbaum, James Albert and Justin Kirk have a shot at adding their names to the season saves top ten list. Each player has three assists this season and needs two more to move into a tie for seventh. The Beavers have two games remaining.

ASSISTS   Name	                        Asts.1. Greg Howes (1998)	        92. Chris Scotti (1992)	        83. Jason Lensch (1990)	        74. Sean Young (1990)    	6(tie) Fredrik Kummernes (1996)	6(tie) Greg Howes (1999)	        67. Garin Gregory (1988) 	5(tie) Rick Kempf (1989) 	5(tie) Chris Scotti (1991)	5(tie) Dominick Conti (1995)	5(tie) Fredrik Kummernes (1995)	5

WHERE OREGON STATE RANKS IN THE PAC-10: Oregon State leads the conference with 71 saves, which is six more than second-place UCLA. The Beavs average 4.18 per game.

Individually, Peter Billmeyer leads the league with 4.17 saves per game, his total of 50 is second only to UCLA's D.J. Countess' 61. Countess has played in 15 games, whereas Billmeyer has seen action in 12.

Josh Elbaum and Aaron McHardy appear on the conference's top ten in shots and shots-per-game. Elbaum's 33 shots places him in a tie for seventh, while McHardy is ninth with 32. Elbaum averages 1.94 per game - good for eighth, McHardy is 10th with 1.88 per game.

Elbaum's total of 11 points is good for 10th in the league. The freshman has four goals and three assists this year.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH DANA TAYLOR: Dana Taylor is in his second year at OSU after a 5-12-0 campaign in 1999.

Prior to coming to OSU, Taylor spent four seasons at perennial powerhouse Creighton, where he worked mostly with the goalkeepers. Taylor helped the Bluejays to a 63-17-6 record during his tenure, while the Bluejays captured two Missouri Valley Conference titles.

MATT OLSEN PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR OCT. 1: Olsen was selected as the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week for Sept. 19-Sept. 25 as the Beavers went 2-1 in that span.

Olsen, a senior, had a goal and an assist in OSU's 2-1 upset win over then-No. 10 Portland on Sept. 19, then followed that with a two-goal performance as the Beavers knocked off Cal-Santa Barbara 4-2.

The award was the first of Olsen's career.

OREGON STATE STATISTICS OF INTEREST: The Beavers have been outscored 25-23... OSU has been outshot 235-227... the Beavers have six fewer fouls than their opponents, 332-338... OSU has a .458 (104-227) shots-on-goal percentage, while holding opponents to .443 (104-235).

CALIFORNIA 2, OREGON STATE 0: The Beavers gave up two Kendall Simmonds goals in the second half as they were unable to muster any offensive punch.

GONZAGA 4, OREGON STATE 1: OSU found itself down 2-0 before Ben Roth found the back of the net for the first time this year to bring the Beavs to within 2-1 with 25 minutes remaining. However, GU's Jason Kuska finished off the Beavers with the final two of his three goals on the day in the 79th and 82nd minutes to drop the Beavers 4-1. Kuska also had an assist to set the Lorenz Field record for total points in a game with seven. Kuska's three goals was also a field record.

The former Lorenz Field record for points was four, and the old mark for goals was two, both most recently done by former OSU standout Greg Howes against Gonzaga in 1999.

NATIONALLY RANKED OPPONENTS: In the Oct. 30 NSCAA Top 25 poll, Pac-10 rival Stanford moved up a spot to No. 6, and Washington fell to No. 25

OSU plays 13 games against opponents who went to the NCAA Tournament last year.

OSU ALL-TIME RECORD: The Beavers now have an all-time record of 109-110-14 in overall play since the program's inception in 1988 under coach Jimmy Conway.

In league games, OSU is 30-40-6. Oregon State competed in the Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference for three years beginning in 1988, and in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation through the 1999 season. The Beavers begin competition in the Pacific-10 Conference this season.

LORENZ FIELD AT VALLEY STADIUM: Oregon State's soccer facility, Paul Lorenz Field at Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium, provides soccer enthusiasts with one of the top places to both play and watch the sport on the West Coast.

The main seating section holds approximately 1,000 and rises above the midfield line on the west sideline, total capacity is 1,500. A press box for media, statistics and film crews is located behind the main seating section.

OSU is 17-20-3 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season. The stadium is located a block southeast of Reser Stadium, just south of the intersection of 17th Street and Western Boulevard.

MEN'S SOCCER TICKETS: All tickets for Oregon State men's soccer games are sold on a general admission basis. They are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens age 62 and over and students high school age and under. OSU students are admitted free with OSU student identification card.

Local Bi-Mart stores have coupons good for two admissions for the price of one for OSU men's soccer games.

Men's soccer is also part of the OSU Six-Sport Pass, which is good for general admission seating at all home contests in men's and women's soccer, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics and baseball.

Members of the Junior Benny Beaver Club are also admitted free to all women's soccer games with their club membership card. AYSO youth soccer players are admitted free to all men's home soccer games when wearing their team jersey.

OSU SPORTS INFORMATION: More information on Oregon State men's soccer, interview requests, photographs and game credentials can be obtained by calling Travis Lahman in the Oregon State University Sports Information Office at (541) 737-3720. For interviews, please call at least 24 hours in advance. For game credentials, please call early because press box space is limited.

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