OSU Hosts San Francisco And Idaho In Home-Openers

Sept. 2, 2003


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Friday, Sept. 5, 5 p.m. - San Francisco (2-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 West Coast Conference) at Oregon State (1-0-1, 0-0-0 Pacific-10)

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2 p.m. - Idaho (0-0-2 overall, 0-0-0 Big West) at Oregon State

A LOOK AT SAN FRANCISCO: The Dons opened their season with a 1-0 win over Rice and a 6-0 drubbing of Boise State. USF averages 22 shots per game, and all seven goals have been scored by different people; Shuree Hyatt leads the attack with 11 shots. In goal, Jennifer Orantes has three saves and has earned both wins.

OSU HISTORY WITH USF: The Beavers own a 3-2-0 series advantage over USF, but the teams have not met since 1993 when the Beavs claimed a 4-2 win in San Francisco. The teams have scored eight goals apiece in the series, with OSU on a two-game winning streak overall.

A LOOK AT IDAHO: After 220 minutes of action this year, Idaho has neither won nor lost, playing to a 2-2 standstill with Northern Arizona on Aug. 29 and a 1-1 tie with Central Michigan on Sunday. Adriane Kehl and Alison Heydorn have scored for UI.

OSU HISTORY WITH THE VANDALS: OSU has a 3-0-1 advantage in the series with the Vandals which dates back to 1998. The teams played each other four years in a row through the 2001 season, with OSU winning the first three before a 3-3 draw in 2001.

A LOOK BACK: OSU got its season off to a solid start with a 1-0 win over San Diego State on Aug. 29 and a 0-0 draw with the University of San Diego, a 2002 NCAA College Cup competitor, on Sunday. Brianna Monka provided the scoring for the Beavers in the win over SDSU on a pass from Stacey Mescher in the 62nd minute.

Despite being outshot 24-12 on Sunday, the Beavers played USD to a scoreless draw on the strength of 12 saves from freshman keeper Melissa Onstad.

SHOT STOPPER: Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Onstad has already made her presence known, posting shutouts in each of her first two collegiate matches. Onstad and the defense blanked San Diego State 1-0 in the season opener on Aug. 29, and followed with a 0-0 draw against San Diego on Aug. 31. She made 12 saves against San Diego - the most since Jo Fletcher tallied 16 in a 2-1 upset over UCLA on Oct. 28, 2001 in Corvallis. The OSU record is 18, set by Kristen Dulacki against Cal Poly in 1997. Onstad hails from Castro Valley High School, in Castro Valley, Calif.

BEEM ME UP: Junior Lindsey Beem is tied for 10th on the school's all-time assist list with 10. She had five in each of her first two seasons, and has 10 career goals to boot. Beem scored seven as a redshirt freshman and three last year as a sophomore. She was fourth in the Pac-10 in shots with 56 last year, and 10th in assists. Last season's numbers placed her in a tie for 10th on OSU's all-time season points list.

NEWCOMERS: Six newcomers - five of which are freshmen - have seen action thus far, including starters Melissa Onstad (goal), Alison Vislay (defense) and Jen Crump (defense). Kelli Washburn (defense), Tiara Hong (defense) and Shelly Wallace (defense), a senior, saw action as well. The defense posted shutouts in its first two matches this year.

HOME OPENERS: OSU is 8-7-0 all-time in its home openers, including 3-2 under head coach Steve Fennah. OSU topped Hawaii 1-0 in it first home game in 2002.

THE FRIENDLY CONFINES: In 2002, Oregon State enjoyed a 7-4-0 record on its home pitch, Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium. The seven home wins equal the second-highest total in the program's history, matching the output of the 1993 squad, which went 7-0. It is the most home wins since 1995, when the Beavers were 10-2 at home. The Beavers owned a 25-11 advantage in goals scored at Lorenz Field in 2002, where they played seven games in a row from Sept. 20-Oct. 13. The Beavers went 4-3 during the seven-game stand.

NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Oregon State has compiled a 35-17-6 record against non-conference opponents since head coach Steve Fennah took the reigns in 1998.

DRAW!: With OSU's tie of San Diego on Aug. 31, the Beavers have had at least one draw in each of the last seven seasons.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Eight of OSU's opponents are ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, and Arizona State received votes. UCLA (ranked 2nd), Stanford (4), Duke (10), Washington (10), USC (15), Portland (18), Pepperdine (22) and California (25) are the eight. OSU plays 10 games against 2002 NCAA College Cup competitors: San Diego, Wake Forest, Pepperdine, Portland, Washington State, California, Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA and USC.

CARTER OUT: Senior forward Courtney Carter will miss the 2003 season with a broken fibula and tibia in her left leg. The West Linn, Ore., native broke the bones in the team's second match in Costa Rica against the professional squad Desamparados on Aug. 15 in a collision with the opponent's goalkeeper.

Carter led the team in scoring last year with 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Seven of her goals came in three games, including a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Air Force on Sept. 27. She tallied two scores in a 5-2 win 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. She moved into 10th on OSU's career points list with 37 on 15 goals and seven assists. Her 15 goals are the ninth-most in OSU history. Her 19 points were tied for 10th on the season list, and her eight goals tied for seventh. In the Pac-10, she tied for eighth in scoring and seventh in goals scored.

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