OSU Looks To Regain Winning Form At Home Against Arizona State, Arizona

Oct. 22, 2002


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LAST ACTION: Oregon State hit the road last weekend with matches at No. 1 Stanford and No. 11 California, and came away with losses in both contests after finishing a seven-game homestand the weekend prior. On Friday at Stanford, the Beavs fell behind 1-0 in the second minute of the game on a score by Stanford's Marcia Wallis, but then held their ground for the remainder of the first half. OSU surrendered a second goal at the 71:12 mark when Callie Withers gave Stanford its final score from 15 yards out to make the final score 2-0.

After falling behind to Cal 2-0 in the 64th minute on Sunday, Courtney Carter brought the Beavers within 2-1 at 73:25, only to see the Bears net a shot 10 seconds later for the final count of 3-1. Stacey Mescher assisted on Carter's team-leading sixth goal of the year.

A LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE: The Sundevils (8-3-2, 1-2-0) enter the weekend having lost their last two matches following a seven-game winning streak. ASU dropped matches with then No. 19 USC (2-1 in OT) and then-No. 7 UCLA 3-0. ASU's only other match with a ranked opponent - No. 25 Pepperdine - resulted in a 1-1 tie to open the season. ASU has played only two road games this year, and has a 2-0 mark as the visiting team. The Sun Devils are 1-1-1 at neutral sites. Elizabeth Bogus' 16 points lead the Sun Devils offensively, and Kelly Fitzgerald's 0.88 goals-against average leads ASU, which has given up 12 goals in 13 games.

OSU HISTORY WITH ARIZONA STATE: The Beavers are 0-5-0 in the series that dates back to 1997. Last year's match was decided in the 75th minute when ASU tallied the only goal of the game for a 1-0 decision in Tempe.

A LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats (5-7-1, 0-3-0) have dropped four straight after opening the season 5-3-1. Arizona lost to then-No. 7 UCLA (1-0) and to then-No. 19 USC (2-1 OT) at home last weekend. UA has scored more than five goals in three separate games this year, beating Northern Iowa 5-0, Belmont 10-0, and Youngstown State 7-0. Kelly Nelson's 21 points pace the Wildcats, who have outscored opponents 30-19 on the year. In goal, Amanda Martin and Natalie Juarez have shared time, with Martin seeing 769 minutes and posting a 1.29 goals-against average.

OSU HISTORY WITH ARIZONA: The Beavers are 3-3-1 against Arizona, but have not won since a 3-1 victory in 1998 in Corvallis. The last two matches have gone to overtime, with Arizona claiming a 2-1 win in extra minutes last year in Tucson.

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