Men's Soccer Wraps Up Season At Stanford On Sunday

Nov. 6, 2000



Oregon State at Stanford, 2 p.m.

Though postseason play is out of the picture for the Oregon State men's soccer team, the Beavers (7-10-1 overall, 1-5-1 Pacific-10) have No. 4 Stanford in their sights as the target for their eighth victory of the season.

The last month has seen the Beavers claim victories over then-No. 17 UCLA and San Francisco, and nearly send then-No. 7 Stanford to overtime. But for a few close calls, OSU could be looking at a run for the postseason.

'Two weeks ago, we had a bad weekend (against California and Gonzaga),' OSU head coach Dana Taylor said. 'Overall, the month has been very good with us beating UCLA, so we've been doing some good things.'

Recently, mistakes in the back have cost the Beavers, a trend that has been magnified by a lack of scoring opportunities up front in the last three games.

'Our work rate has been good,' Taylor said. 'But we can't continue to make mistakes in the back. At the beginning of the year, we didn't make those mistakes.

'We've been struggling with our goal-scoring opportunities, but we're still a young team,' Taylor continued. 'We've done a lot of things really well. We need to continue to work hard in the next game and build for the future. The future is not only next year, it's next Sunday, too.'

Stanford had all it could handle against the Beavers in the teams' first meeting on Oct. 20 in Corvallis. The Cardinal ended up with a 2-1 win after OSU tied the game on a James Albert goal in the 86th minute. The Cardinal answered a minute later to claim the win.

'Stanford is a very direct team and they play with precision,' Taylor said. 'They've been doing it that way for some time, everybody on the team knows each others' style of play. They're older and they understand each other, they know how they move on and off the ball and they anticipate where each other should be, whereas we have been reacting both offensively and defensively.'

'We've got to go in to Stanford with pride and look to improve. We can't be happy with where we're at. It's all about getting better.'


The Beavers have a 1-9-2 record against the Stanford Cardinal, including a 1-0 setback earlier this year in Corvallis. OSU's lone win was a 5-0 decision in 1995.

JAMES ALBERT: The senior forward is one of three players (Matt Olsen, Ben Roth) with 50-plus career games played at Oregon State... leads the team with 63 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... 22 shots.

PETER BILLMEYER: The freshman goalkeeper sports a 1.37 goals-against average in 12 games... has 50 saves, 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... nine shots.

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 33 shots and has three assists, which came against Cal-Irvine in 2-1 loss, UCSB in 4-2 win, and Gonzaga in 4-1 loss... leads team with 11 points.

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 26 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.

MARK MULEADY: Has a 1.85 GAA in seven games... 30 saves.

KURT NESS: Started every game as a back... three 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... 13 shots.

BEN ROTH: The junior has played in 53 career games, starting 50... 50 starts is tops on the squad... scored a goal against Gonzaga on Oct. 29... has 13 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: Scored a goal against UCLA on Oct. 13... recorded an assist against UCLA on Oct. 22... taken 20 shots.

CHRISTIAN vanBLOMMESTEIN: The freshman has started 17 games this year and played solid defense... taken six shots.

STANFORD: Scott Leber leads the No. 4 Cardinal with 28 points on 12 goals and four assists. In addition to Leber, six other players have double digit points, Luke Rust (19), Roger Levesque (17), Corey Woolfolk (16), Johanes Maliza (13), Sean Sylvis (10), and Ryan Nelsen (10).

Adam Zapala surrendered his fourth goal of the season against Oregon State on Oct. 20, and has not been scored on since. Zapala has a 0.24 goals-against average and 39 saves.

The Cardinal has outshot opponents 198-108, and holds a 109-53 advantage in the corner kick department.

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.

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 assist top ten list. Each player has three assists this season and needs two more to move into a tie for seventh. The Beavers have one game 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

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 28-23... OSU has been outshot 255-238... the Beavers have 13 fewer fouls than their opponents, 345-358... OSU has a .454 (108-238) shots-on-goal percentage, while holding opponents to .447 (114-255).

WASINGTON 3, OREGON STATE 0: The Beavers were outshot 20-11 for the game and found themselves in a 2-0 hole at the half. OSU freshman goalkeeper Mark Muleady made five saves on the afternoon.

NATIONALLY RANKED OPPONENTS: Of OSU's opponents this year, Stanford is ranked fourth nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll as of Nov. 6. Washington is 21st.

OSU ALL-TIME RECORD: The Beavers now have an all-time record of 109-111-14 in overall play since the program's inception in 1988 under coach Jimmy Conway.

In league games, OSU is 30-41-6. 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 17-21-3 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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