Beavers Face Cal-Santa Barbara And No. 6 Pepperdine This Weekend

Sept. 17, 2003


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Friday, Sept. 19 - Oregon State (3-2-1) at UC-Santa Barbara (3-2-1), Santa Barbara, Calif., 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 21 - OSU at No. 6 Pepperdine (5-1-0), Malibu, Calif., 12 p.m.

A LOOK AT CAL-SANTA BARBARA: The Gauchos (3-2-1) are on a two-game winning streak after trouncing Southern Utah 6-0 and topping Eastern Washington 2-1 over the weekend. UCSB played No. 3 UCLA to a scoreless tie earlier this month. The Gauchos are led offensively by Jennifer Borcich's 11 points as well as eight from Krystal Sandza. Jamie Considine has allowed only five goals in 550 minutes for a goals-against average of 0.82. Overall, UCSB has outscored opponents 14-5 and outshot them 101-52.

OSU HISTORY WITH UCSB: OSU is 1-2-0 against UCSB all-time, but earned its first win last year in a 2-0 road decision. Prior to that meeting, the teams had not played since 1991.

A LOOK AT PEPPERDINE: The Waves (5-1-0) have shut out five of their six opponents this year, including UC-Irvine (1-0) San Jose State (7-0), No. 24 Stanford (1-0), Auburn (4-0) and Virginia Commonwealth (3-0). The Waves' only loss was 2-0 to UCLA. Pepperdine owns a 16-2 goals advantage, and has outshot teams 74-51. Jennifer Brewer and Megan Woods are already in double-figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. As a team, the Waves have 45 points compared to five for their opponents. Anna Picarelli has a 0.34 GAA and has made 31 saves.

OSU HISTORY WITH PEPPERDINE: OSU and Pepperdine have met only once, in 2000, when the Waves came away with a 3-0 win in Corvallis.

A LOOK BACK: The Beavers suffered a pair of tough defeats at Wake Forest's adidas Tournament last weekend, falling 2-1 to then-No. 10 Duke and 1-0 to Wake Forest on Sunday.

Against Duke, the Blue Devils got a free kick with 14 seconds left that deflected off an OSU defender and into the net. The shot came off a direct kick after the clock was stopped with 14 seconds for a foul.

The Beavers played Wake Forest even for over 75 minutes on Sunday before giving up a goal at 77:54 for the final of 1-0.

SHOT STOPPER: Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Onstad is off to a remarkable start, allowing only four goals in over 545 minutes of action. She's earned complete-game shutouts of San Diego State and San Diego and shut out Idaho for 75 minutes before being replaced by Amy Johnson with the game in hand. She's fourth in the Pac-10 with a 0.66 GAA and leads with 34 saves.

BEEM ME UP: Junior Lindsey Beem is now 10th on the school's all-time assist list with 11 for her career. She had five in each of her first two seasons and one this year, and has 10 career goals to boot to place her in 12th on the career scoring list with 31 points.

NEWCOMERS: All 11 newcomers have seen action thus far, including Melissa Onstad (goal), Alison Vislay (defense), Jen Crump (defense), Kelli Washburn (defense), Sara LaFleur (midfield), Stephanie Padilla (defense), Lauren Whipple (defense), Amy Johnson (goal) Tiara Hong (defense), Catherine Betts (forward) and Shelly Wallace (defense).

NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Oregon State has compiled a 37-19-6 record against non-conference opponents since head coach Steve Fennah took the reigns in 1998.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Seven of OSU's opponents are ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. UCLA (ranked third), Pepperdine (6), Cal (10), Washington (14), Duke (17), Portland (20) and Stanford (24) are the teams.

FENNAH FACTS: Now entering his sixth year, Steve Fennah, 36, has guided the Beavers to their first back-to-back seasons with winning percentages of .500 or better since the 1994-95 campaigns. In 2001, Fennah's squad recorded its best season since 1995 with a 10-8-2 record and a near-qualification for the NCAA Tournament.

Fennah's squads have become known for offensive firepower, recording four games of four goals or more in 2002, as well as stingy defense; the team posted six shutouts in 2002, which was the highest total in eight seasons. Multiple OSU individuals appeared among the Pacific-10 Conference statistical leaders.

After the strong campaign of 2001, the program's resurgence put OSU on the national soccer scene once again while playing in what is often regarded as the toughest soccer conference in the country - the Pac-10. The turnaround prompted SoccerBuzz to rate the Beavers' 2001 season among the top 20 turnarounds of any team in the country with a 4 1/2-game improvement from the prior year.

The Beavers have been a smash in the classroom, as well. A total of 34 women's soccer student-athletes have earned Pac-10 All-Academic recognition in Fennah's first five seasons - an average of nearly seven selections per year.

Fennah's overall record at OSU is 42-55-9, and 6-36-3 in the Pacific-10.

Fennah spent five years coaching at Jesuit High in Beaverton, Ore., where he guided the Crusaders to four straight Oregon Class 4A state titles in his final four seasons at the school. He led the Crusaders to an 84-2-6 record and top-eight national rankings in each of his five seasons.

PAUL LORENZ FIELD AT PATRICK WAYNE VALLEY STADIUM: Oregon State's soccer facility, Paul Lorenz Field at Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium, provides soccer enthusiasts with one of the top places to both play and watch the sport on the West Coast. The main seating section holds approximately 1,000 spectators and rises above the midfield line on the west sideline; total capacity is 1,500. A press box for media, statistics and film crews is located behind the main seating section. OSU is 30-36-2 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season. The Beavers finished the 2002 regular season with a 7-4-0 record at home, and are 15-8-0 in the last two-plus years, dating back to the 2001 season. The stadium is located a block southeast of Reser Stadium, just south of the intersection of 17th Street and Western Boulevard.

TICKET INFORMATION: Admission is free for all OSU men's and women's home soccer games this year.

SPORTS INFORMATION: More information on Oregon State women's soccer, interview requests, photographs, and game credentials can be obtained by calling Travis Lahman in the Oregon State University sports information office at (541) 737-8588. For interviews, please call at least 24 hours in advance. For game credentials, please call early because press box space is limited.

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