OSU Looks To Bolster NCAA Case On The Road This Weekend

Oct. 30, 2002


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LAST ACTION: Oregon State split last weekend's matches with the Arizona schools in Corvallis, dropping a 1-0 decision to Arizona State on Friday, but rebounding on Sunday with a 5-0 shutout of Arizona.

ASU took a 1-0 advantage in the 20th minute on an Elizabeth Bogus goal set up by Haley Stein and Manya Makoski. The Beavers outshot ASU 17-10 for the game and 11-6 in the second half, but were unable to capitalize on opportunities. Two Courtney Carter shots hit the crossbar, including a blast at the two-minute mark that would have tied the game.

On Sunday, OSU had no problem finishing opportunities, as the Beavers rang up five goals on six assists to tie a school record for assists in a game. Courtney Carter provided the first two scores, while Whitney Horn, Brianna Monka, and Stacey Mescher each scored as well. Katie Henderson recorded two assists.

A LOOK AT USC: The Trojans (8-5-3 overall, 3-2-0 Pac-10) enter the weekend allowing less than a goal a game; their 0.88 average per game is fourth in the conference. However, their 16 goals scored is next-to-last, and is nine fewer than the next highest total. USC has played eight teams ranked 13th or higher at the time of the game. USC topped No. 5 Penn State 1-0, No. 8 Santa Clara 1-0, and No. 7 California 2-0. It played to a scoreless tie with No. 2 Virginia, and lost to No. 1 North Carolina 2-0, No. 13 Wake Forest 2-1, No. 2 Stanford 2-0, and No. 5 UCLA 2-0. Neither the Trojans nor their opponents average more than a goal per game. Julie Peterson has played every minute in goal (1523:27), and has made 73 saves while posting seven shutouts. Ali Fennell leads the Trojans with 15 points on seven goals and one assist.

OSU HISTORY WITH USC: The Beavers have a 2-7-0 all-time record with USC, having won the first two meetings of the series in 1993 and 1994. Since then, OSU has dropped seven straight, including a 1-0 decision in Corvallis last year.

A LOOK AT UCLA: The Bruins (12-3-0, 4-1-0) have won three straight and five of their last six overall, with a 1-0 loss to Stanford the only blemish in that time. UCLA has allowed only 10 goals and 78 shots this the year, while scoring 40 and blasting 276 shots of its own. Offensively, the Bruins average 2.7 goals and 18.4 shots per game, while allowing opponents 5.7 attempts per contest. As a result, keeper Sarah Lombardo sports a 0.71 goals-against average, and the team has recorded nine shutouts, including three straight. The Bruins have just 28 saves for the year.

OSU HISTORY WITH UCLA: OSU is 2-5-0 against the Bruins since the series began in 1995. In Corvallis last year, OSU knocked off the No. 3 Bruins by a count of 2-1 on goals by Katie Henderson and Jillian Nicks.

HENDERSON HIGHLIGHTS: Senior Katie Henderson has 54 career points on 20 goals and 14 assists, placing her fourth on OSU's career points list. Henderson's totals tie her for fifth in goals and assists.

SHE'S A KEEPER: Senior netminder Jo Fletcher has 88 saves thus far to lead the Pac-10 in that category. She also boasts a 1.05 goals-against average. Fletcher and the Beaver defense have six shutouts to their credit - the most since 1995. Fletcher is third on OSU's career-shutouts list with eight and third in saves with 172.

CARTER NOTES: Junior Courtney Carter leads the team in scoring this year with 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Seven of her goals have come in three games, including a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Air Force on Sept. 27. She tallied two scores in wins over New Mexico on Oct. 4 and in a 5-0 win over Arizona on Oct. 27. Her other goal came in a 3-1 loss at California on Oct. 20. With her 19 points this year, she has moved into 10th on OSU's career points list with 37. She has 15 goals and seven assists for her career.

CRABTREE'S GOT A SHOT: With 19 shots this year, senior midfielder Morgan Crabtree has 136 career shots and is 16 shy of equaling Lindy Brown's OSU career mark of 152, set from 1995-98. No shot records were kept until 1993.

Crabtree's 11 assists are ninth on OSU's all-time list.

FRESHMAN INFLUENCE: Seven of OSU's eight freshmen have played so far this season. Forwards Brianna Monka (15 pts), Tessa Baker (3 points) and Stacey Mescher (11 points), midfielders/backs Liz Money (12 games, 3 points) and Shelby Crabtree (17 games), back Cara Miller (13 games), and goalkeeper Alicia Artuso (1 game) have all contributed.

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