OSU Hosts Washington This Weekend

Nov. 6, 2002


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SEEKING RECORD WIN: With two more wins, OSU will set the school record for most wins in a season with 13, eclipsing the 1989 squad's mark of 12-6-2. The Beavers' 11 wins are the second most in the program's history, and are the most since 1991, when the squad went 11-6-0 while playing in the Northwest Colleges Soccer Conference. OSU was a member of the NWCSC from 1989-1991.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers went on the road and faced Fresno State and UCLA for the second week in a row. After topping Fresno 5-1 on Oct. 27, the Beavers fell in Fresno 1-0 last Friday on a goal by Marvin Sorto at the 5:30 mark. For the game, OSU was outshot 14-8, but six of OSU's shots were on goal. OSU keeper Peter Billmeyer saved seven shots.

Sunday's action saw No. 2 UCLA take a quick 1-0 lead on a score by Adolfo Gregorio at the 3:46 mark. The teams played even for the next 62 minutes, but UCLA's Matt Taylor chipped a shot over Billmeyer for the insurance goal at 65:03 after Tim Pierce and Scot Thompson combined to set up the score.

A LOOK AT WASHINGTON: The Huskies (5-8-3, 2-5-0) enter Sunday's game having knocked off No. 2 UCLA last Friday in Los Angeles by a count of 2-1 in double overtime. Two days later, the Bruins ran into a hungry Fresno State squad that earned a 3-2 win in Fresno. For the year, UW is led offensively by Brett Weisner's 11 points. In goal, Daniel Waltman has played two-thirds of the 1,542 possible minutes, and has a 1.61 goals-against average. UW has faced tough competition throughout its schedule, defeating No. 24 Santa Clara (2- 1 score) and No. 2 UCLA (2-1, 2OT) and losing to No. 5 South Carolina (3-1), No. 18 Creighton (2-1, 2OT), No. 9 Connecticut (2-0), No. 1 Stanford (2-0), No. 15 California (2-1, OT), and No. 5 UCLA (1-0). UW tied No. 16 Portland (1-1). In all, UW is 2-6-1 against top-25 competition.

OSU HISTORY WITH WASHINGTON: The Beavers earned their first win in the 18-game series with a 3-2 decision on Oct. 20 in Seattle, which also stands as OSU's only conference road victory this year (1-4-0 overall). Matt Johnson provided the winning goal after the teams played to a 2-2 halftime score. Joe Zaher and Alan Gordon served up OSU's two first-half goals. In all, OSU is 1-16-1 against the Huskies in the varsity series that dates back to 1989.

SAAC FOOD DRIVE: OSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will continue its 2002-03 food drive on Sunday at the OSU-Washington match. Fans are asked to bring two cans of food or make a minimum donation at the Linn-Benton Food Share van near the main entrance to Valley Stadium. As a token of thanks, fans will receive a free small popcorn at the concession booth. The SAAC's goal is to raise 20,000 pounds of food; it has already collected 16,580 pounds this fall. This will be the last opportunity this fall to help with the food drive.

WINNING WAYS: With 11 wins this year, OSU has assured itself of a winning season for the first time since 1995, when the Beavers went 10-5-3 overall and 4-2-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. OSU's 11 wins are the most since 1991. In all, the Beavers have posted winning marks in eight of their 15 seasons of varsity soccer competition.

EXCUSE ME, BUT THAT'S OFFENSIVE: OSU's 37 goals by far top the 23 OSU scored over last year's 17-game season and, with three games remaining, the Beavers are 12 goals shy of the school record of 49, set in 1990. The Beavers' 105 points are 19 shy of the OSU record of 124, set in 1990 as well. Until being shutout twice last weekend, the Beavers were 19th nationally in scoring.

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