OSU Hosts Cal, Stanford After Successful Weekend In Washington

Oct. 21, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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Friday, Oct. 24 - California (6-5-3 overall, 1-3-0 Pacific-10) at Oregon State(5-7-2, 1-1-1); 3 p.m.; Lorenz Field

Sunday, Oct. 26 - Stanford (7-6-2, 2-1-1) at OSU; 1 p.m.; Lorenz Field

The Oregon State women's soccer team returns to Corvallis this weekend to host the Bay Area schools after a very successful trip to Washington last weekend.

OSU upended then-No. 10 Washington by a count of 2-0 on Friday and followed that with a 1-1 double-overtime draw at Washington State on Sunday in a series that has seen five of the last six matches go to overtime.

The Beavers (5-7-2 overall, 1-1-1 Pacific-10) hope to add to their current fortunes as they host California (6-5-3, 1-3-0) Friday at 3 p.m., and tackle Stanford (7-6-2, 2-1-1) at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

'Our kids have stayed positive throughout the first part of the season, even though we weren't getting the results we would have liked,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'Their attitude paid off last weekend in Washington. They've played well all year, we just kept our composure in our games over the weekend and battled through each match. Now, we have to build on that each game from here on out.'

California comes into Friday's match smarting from a pair of 1-0 losses at home to USC and then-No. 3 UCLA last weekend.

Cal has struggled to find the back of the net at times, averaging a little more than one goal per game (17 scores in 14 games), but has limited opponents to 11 goals in 14 games.

No Golden Bear player has more than eight points - Kimberly Yokers has eight - but 13 have registered at least a point in a very balanced attack.

Anne Key has played 10 games in goal and owns a 0.98 goals-against average while posting a 4-5-1 record with four shutouts.

The Golden Bears own an 11-2-0 advantage in the series with OSU that dates back to 1989. OSU last won in 1995 - a 2-0 decision. Cal claimed last year's match with a 3-1 score.

The Beavers are seeking their first win in the 10-game series with Stanford when the Cardinal come to Corvallis on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match. OSU lost last year 2-0 on the road.

Stanford enters this weekend tied for second in the Pac-10 with a 2-1-1 record and a 7-6-2 mark overall; the Cardinal topped USC 2-0 on Sunday and played to a 0-0 standstill at home with No. 3 UCLA on Friday

Stanford's defense - as has California's - has posted six shutouts this year, including two in a row.

Surprisingly, the Cardinal sports a better record away from Maloney Field, owning a 4-2-1 record at road/neutral sites compared to a 3-4-1 mark at home.

Allyson Marquand's 13 points (6 goals, 1 assist) spearhead Stanford's attack while Nicole Barnhart boasts a 0.77 GAA in the net in 15 starts. Barnhart has six shutouts this year and 28 for her career.

Stanford owns a 216-120 advantage over opponents in shots this year.

The Beavers are led by Tessa Baker's 18 points (8 goals, 2 assists), but have had solid performances all year by its front line of Baker, Stacey Mescher (9 points) and Janelle Joy (7 points).

The midfield, with team co-captain Lindsey Beem at the helm, has shown well of late, and the young back line has helped goalkeeper Melissa Onstad post four shutouts this year while holding opponents to a 0.081 shot percentage.

OSU has surrendered more than two goals only once this year.

'Our strikers have looked very dangerous, especially in the last few games,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said of his unit that has scored 11 goals in last five contests. 'They've been getting great support from our midfield and have finished opportunities.

'Meanwhile, our back line has been solid all year long. As long as they keep the opponent's offense in check, we'll be in any game we play. Couple that with where our offense is going, and I like our position.'

SHOT STOPPER: Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Onstad has made 85 saves this year. She earned shutouts of San Diego State, San Diego, Weber State and then-No. 10 Washington has a 1.19 goals-against average.

BEEM ME UP: Junior Lindsey Beem is now tied for fifth on the school's all-time assist listwith 14 for her career. She had five in each of her first two seasons and has four this year. She has 11 career goals to boot to place her 11th on the career scoring list with 36 points.

CONSISTENT THREAT: Sophomore forward Tessa Baker has moved into a tie for seventh on OSU's single-season goals list with eight after a goal in OSU's 2-0 win over No. 10 Washington on Friday. She has 18 points overall. The Beavers are 4-2 this year in games in which Baker scores at least one goal.

AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: Tessa Baker is tied for second in the Pac-10 in points with 18 and in goals with eight. Lindsey Beem is tied for fourth with four assists, and Stacey Mescher's three are good for a tie for 10th. Melissa Onstad leads the Pac-10 with 85 saves by a 23-save margin. As a team, the Beavers are fourth in points (58) and goals (21).

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 Wippel (defense), Amy Johnson (goal), Tiara Hong (defense), Catherine Betts (forward) and Shelly Wallace (defense).

NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Oregon State has compiled a 38-23-6 record against non-conference opponents since Steve Fennah became head coach in 1998.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Six of OSU's opponents are ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. UCLA (ranked third), Portland (4), Duke (11), Pepperdine (13), Wake Forest (16) and Washington (18) are the teams.

FENNAH FACTS: Now in his sixth year, Steve Fennah, 36, has guided the Beavers to their first back-to-back seasons (2001-02) 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. They have also become known for 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 44-60-10, and 7-37-4 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 31-38-2 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season, and is 3-2 this year. The Beavers finished the 2002 regular season with a 7-4-0 record at home, and are 16-10-0 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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