Men's Soccer Season Comes To A Close

Nov. 20, 2001


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THAT'S A WRAP: The Beavers (5-12-0, 1-7-0 Pac-10) finished their season with hard-fought games against California and Stanford over the weekend, but came away with a 2-1 loss to Cal and a 3-1 defeat by No. 3 Stanford.

Several bright spots emerged throughout the course of the season, as Aaron McHardy capped off one of the most successful individual offensive seasons in school history with 23 points on 10 goals and three assists. Those numbers put him among the leaders in the Pac-10, he finished tied for the lead in goals scored with Pac-10 Player of the Year Roger Levesque of Stanford and second in total points. He also placed among the top five on OSU's season points and goals lists.

Peter Billmeyer also turned in an amazing season, playing every minute in goal and setting a school record for saves in a season with 97.

The team also got nice performances from some first-year players throughout the year, who should continue to flourish in the years to come.

Backline players such as Christian vanBlommestein, Kurt Ness, and Ross Duncan shone throughout the year as consistent figures in the lineup, along with Ryan Smith in the midfield.

Kevin Atkinson, Chad Bartlome, Ignacio Cid, Nick Donaldson, Greg Jarmer, Brian Johnson, and A.J. Weber all saw significant action throughout the year in their OSU debuts.

A pair of seniors close out their careers at OSU, as Nick Jensen and Ben Roth combined to play in all but one game this year. Roth set the OSU record for career games played with 71 - or in other words, he has played in every OSU match over the last four years.

The leadership and talent among the younger ranks, combined with the senior leadership from this season, should provide the groundwork for the success of future teams to come.

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