Men's Soccer Inks Two More Recruits

Feb. 14, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - Oregon State head coach Dana Taylor's comments on the final two signees for the 2002 season, Alan Gordon (forward - Transfer, Yavapai Junior College), and Ryan Samuelson (forward, Region II '83' Team):

Alan Gordon, Gilbert, AZ, a junior college transfer from Yavapai (JUCO National Runner up) will bring some added firepower to the Beaver attack. Gordon, recently named NSJCAA First Team All-American, scored 33 goals and 15 assists (Yavapai's all-time assist leader) in his second season at Yavapai. At 6 ft. 3 in. and 180 lbs., Gordon has shown tremendous strength in the air scoring many goals with his powerful heading ability. He has also possesses tremendous mobility and athleticism to out maneuver defenders of all levels. Coach Taylor commented, 'Alan's finishing ability and size will present problems for all of our PAC-10 opponents, he is a gifted athlete with a goalscorers' mentality.' Coach Taylor sees Gordon as the genuine article and a player ready to step in and impact the conference right away. Gordon chose OSU over Cal-Irvine, UNLV, and New Mexico.

Ryan Samuelson, Omaha, NE, has a magical touch inside the opponents' penalty area and will be looked upon as a future leader in the Beaver attack. In 2000, Ryan was the 'Golden Boot Award' winner for his seven goals scored for the entire Region II. After that finishing display, Ryan was called up to be a member of the Region II '83' Team. Samuelson possesses a bag full of tricks when it comes to scoring goals. Coach Taylor feels when Samuelson develops physically, he will be the type of player who will be on the scoresheet consistently. He commented, 'Ryan has some gifts you can't teach - his touches out of pressure through opponents' legs has left people completely baffled. But the talent I am most impressed with is his ability to finish his chances.' Samuelson chose Corvallis and OSU over Northwestern, Lafayette, and Drake.

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