No. 16/13 OSU Looks For School-Record 14th Win When It Faces Rival Washington In Regular Season Finale

Nov. 11, 2003

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Sunday, Nov. 16 - No. 16/13 Oregon State at No. RV/16 Washington;Seattle, Wash.; 2 p.m.

NOTE: Rankings are National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Soccer America polls

The final Sunday of the 2003 regular season pits Northwest rivals Oregon State (13-5-0 overall, 7-2-0 Pacific-10) and Washington (11-4-2, 4-4-1) in a head-to-head match in Seattle with the No. 16/13 Beavers looking for their fourth consecutive win over the Huskies (ranked 16th by SoccerAmerica) and a school-record 14th win.

The teams square off Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.

OSU enters the contest licking its wounds following a 5-0 loss at the hands of No. 1/1 UCLA on Nov. 9. Prior to the loss though, the Beavers ran off seven straight wins to tie last year's school record of 13 total victories.

OSU's only two losses in its last 11 games have been to UCLA.

The Beavers have faired better against Washington of late, claiming the last three meetings with the Huskies after going winless in the first 17 meetings (0-16-1).

OSU won convincingly 3-1 on Oct. 19 in Corvallis, with Alan Gordon scoring twice in the first half.

'Oregon State and Washington has been a great matchup,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'The Huskies are a tough opponent and have had some great results on their home pitch this year.

'Both teams are fighting for playoff position, so we're looking forward to a great matchup this Sunday. Washington has great talent and is well coached and we look for them to come after us from the opening whistle.'

Gordon has dominated the three games he's played against Washington, scoring six goals. He leads OSU with 25 points, but is scoreless in the four games since Oct. 19 and has been limited to three shots in that span.

Ryan Johnson and Robbie Findley have done just the opposite of late - both had scored at least a goal in each of the three games leading up to UCLA. Johnson did so after going without a score in the first 14 games of the year.

Similar to Gordon, Johnson has not had an assist since Oct. 19, when he tallied his 13th dish of the year.

The Huskies' Danny Waltman, a senior goalkeeper, has played all but 111 minutes in the net this year, allowing only 14 goals in 16 games for a 0.86 goals-against average.

Offensively, Washington has been hit-and-miss in its last four games. The Huskies beat Stanford 3-1 on Oct. 31, then lost a pair of 1-0 matches to California and UCLA but rebounded with a 3-1 result at Fresno State on Sunday.

Leo Totev's 13 points heads a cast of four Huskies in double figures, while junior midfielder C.J. Klaas has six assists.

Washington battled UCLA to a 1-0 loss on Friday, giving up a goal in the fourth minute to the Bruins' Aaron Lopez when Waltman failed to control a loose ball.

On Sunday, Casey Armstrong scored the first two goals as UW grabbed a 3-0 lead over Fresno State and came away with a 3-1 win.

The Beavers fell behind 1-0 in the 39th minute of Friday's match at Fresno State, but Ryan Johnson's equalizer at 61:54 held up for the next 28 minutes and sent the game to overtime.

Robbie Findley netted his second-consecutive golden goal in the sixth minute of overtime to lift OSU to a 2-1 win.

The Bruins grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first seven minutes of Sunday's match and never looked back on their way to securing their second consecutive Pac-10 championship with a 5-0 win over the Beavers, who had aspirations of a possible conference title.

Five different players scored for UCLA, and Mike Enfield and Matt Taylor combined for assists on each of the final two goals.

OSU RANKED: Oregon State is 16th in the NSCAA poll and 13th in the Soccer America ratings. College Soccer News picked OSU 15th and Soccer Times had the Beavers 22nd. Soccerratings.com had OSU seventh.

OSU SEEKING SCHOOL-RECORD WIN: With a win Sunday, the Beavers would set a new school record with 14 wins. They equaled last year's school-best with their 13th win against Fresno State on Nov. 7.

Ryan Johnson FIFTH IN NCAA: Sophomore forward/midfielder Ryan Johnson (Boston, Mass.) ranks fifth in the NCAA in assists-per-game with a 0.72 mark; he has 13 assists in 18 games. His three assists against Rhode Island on Sept. 21 equaled the highest single-game total in the country. Johnson has not tallied an assist since Oct. 19 against Washington, but has three goals in his last four games.

Peter Billmeyer: Goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer owns the OSU career shutout record with 15, including five this year. Billmeyer, a senior from Omaha, Neb., also holds the school record for career saves with 325, as well as season saves with 100 (2002). His 1.31 goals-against average this year is an all-time personal low.

OSU PLAYERS ON TEAMS OF THE WEEK, NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Four Beavers have earned national and Pac-10 recognition this year.

Peter Billmeyer - College Soccer News T.O.W. (Oct. 12)

Carlos Cornejo - Pac-10 Player of the Week (Oct. 12); College Soccer News T.O.W. (Oct. 12);SoccerAmerica T.O.W. (Oct. 12)

Robbie Findley - Pac-10 Player of the Week (Nov. 2); College Soccer News T.O.W. (Nov. 2); SoccerAmerica T.O.W. (Nov. 2)

Alan Gordon - Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 14); College Soccer News T.O.W. (Oct. 19)

JOHNSON OWNS CAREER AND SEASON ASSIST MARKS: Sophomore Ryan Johnson set the OSU career assist record after just 31 games and now has 18 assists in his young career. He broke the former mark of 16 held by Chris Scotti (1989-92) and Fredrik Kemmernes (1995-98). With 13 assists this year, Johnson owns the season record as well; he broke the former mark of nine, held by Greg Howes (1998), in just 11 games on Oct. 5 in a 4-0 win over Fresno State. Johnson's shot hit the left post and was immediately scored by Alan Gordon at the 5:38 mark.

FLASH GORDON: Defending Pac-10 scoring leader Alan Gordon has 25 points (11 goals, 3 assists) to lead OSU this year. Entering the 2003 season, Gordon was 42 points from owning the OSU all-time scoring record - a duanting number of points to record in one year, but a realistic possibility considering Gordon's first year as a Beaver in which he recorded 34 points on 15 goals and four assists. Gordon now has 59 points (26 goals, 7 assists) for his career and jumped up to third on OSU's career scoring list. Gordon's 26 career goals are third on OSU's career list. His 25 points this year are tied for fourth on OSU's all-time season points list, and his 11 goals are fifth. His 34 points and 15 goals last year ranked second on those respective OSU season lists. Gordon was a junior college All-American at Yavapai J.C. prior to transferring to OSU before the 2002 season. Sean Young is OSU's all-time scoring leader with 75 points (32 goals, 11 assists). He played from 1989-92.

OSU TIES SCHOOL ASSIST RECORD: The Beavers tied the school record they set last year with 39 assists.

HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSE: OSU is tied for 15th nationally in scoring offense with a 2.17 goals-per game average. OSU has 39 goals in 18 games.

ROAD WARRIORS: OSU is 7-4-0 (counting neutral sites) away from Lorenz Field this year - matching the record for road wins set by the 1991 squad.

WIN STREAKS: The Beavers' matched last year's school record seven-game winning streak before UCLA broke the string Sunday. OSU's seven-game Pac-10 winning streak was OSU's longest conference streak ever.

DUNCAN CLIMBS ASSIST CHARTS: Ross Duncan, a senior from Corvallis, is fifth on OSU's all-time assist chart with 14 for his career. His career-high 10 assists this year are the second-best total in a season at OSU. He is tied for 21st nationally with a 0.56 assist-per game average.

FINDING FINDLEY: Robbie Findley, a freshman from Phoenix, Ariz. (Shadow Mountain HS), is off to a blazing start at OSU. He's second on the team with 22 points (10 goals, 2 assists). He had a streak of four goals in three games (California, Stanford, Fresno State) from Oct. 31-Nov. 7.

Athleticism runs in Findley's family. Cousin Mike Bibby plays for the NBA's Sacramento Kings, cousin Shaun McDonald plays for the St. Louis Rams of the NFL, and another cousin, Ryan Walcott, plays on the UCLA Bruins basketball squad.

START YOUR ENGINES: Seniors Christian vanBlommestein and Peter Billmeyer have starting streaks going. vanBlommestein, a defender, has started all 70 career matches in which he has played. He did not play against Fresno State on Nov. 7, but started against UCLA on Nov. 9. Billmeyer has started 57 straight games in goal, and 68 in his career.

NEWCOMERS: Nine newcomers have seen action thus far, including transfers Evan McNeley (jr., mid./def.), Jake Bachman (so., forward) and Chris Ritter (jr., defense), and freshmen Carlos Cornejo (midfield), Robbie Findley (forward), Matthew Fitchett (goal), Bryan Jordan (midfield), Josh Pulido (defense) and Nathan Quan (midfield).

OSU'S ALL-TIME RECORD: The Beavers now have an all-time record of 140-137-14 in overall play since the program's inception in 1988 under coach Jimmy Conway.

Following a 3-1 win over Washington on Oct. 19, 2003, the Beavers' all-time record climbed back above .500 (137-136-14) for the first time since Sept. 19, 1999, when OSU was 104-103-13. The Beavers lost their next match to Loyola Marymount 2-0 that year.

OSU pushed its record back to 106-106-13 with a 2-1 win against Gonzaga on Oct. 10, 1999, but lost its next five games and didn't regain its winning record until beating No. 7 Washington on Oct. 19, 2003.

In league games, OSU is 39-57-6 and is 98-80-8 in non-conference play. Oregon State competed in the Northwest Colleges Soccer Conference for three years beginning in 1988, and in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation through the 1999 season. The Beavers began competition in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2000 when the conference began sponsoring men's soccer.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH Dana Taylor: Dana Taylor has instilled an unprecedented level of excitement in Oregon State men's soccer in his fifth season at the helm of the Beaver program.

En route to earning the Pacific-10 Conference co-Coach of the Year honor in his fourth season, Taylor led OSU to a record-setting campaign in 2002, guiding the Beavers to a school-best 13 wins and their first-ever NCAA College Cup appearance.

Over the course of the year, the Beavers broke OSU records or made new entries on the school's all-time lists 35 times. Taylor's squad also knocked off three teams that were ranked at one point in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll during the season, including No. 6 California on the final day of the regular season to clinch a postseason berth.

Taylor owns a 43-48-1 overall record, and is 14-27-1 in conference play.

While at OSU, Taylor's teams have done well in the classroom, often posting grade-point averages of 3.0 or better.

In his first four years at Oregon State, Taylor has coached 14 All-Pac-10 athletes, five all-region players, and two All-Americans. While at OSU and during his tenure as an assistant at Creighton, 12 of Taylor's players have gone on to professional careers.

Prior to coming to OSU, Taylor was an assistant coach at Creighton for four seasons, helping the Bluejays to a 63-17-6 record, two Missouri Valley Conference titles, and a Final Four appearance in 1996.

LORENZ FIELD AT VALLEY STADIUM: Oregon State's soccer facility, Paul Lorenz Field at Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium, provides soccer enthusiasts with one of the top places on the West Coast to both play and watch the sport.

The facility was touted by head coach Dana Taylor, who has seen many of the nation's best soccer facilities, as '... one of the best soccer-specific stadiums in the western United States. It's a state-of-the-art facility with good sightlines and it's easy for us to accomodate radio or television broadcasts.'

The main seating section holds approximately 1,000 fans 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 35-28-3 at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium, which opened for the 1996 season. The stadium is located a block southeast of Reser Stadium, just south of the intersection of 17th street and Western Boulevard.

MEN'S SOCCER INFORMATION: More information on Oregon State men'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, as press box space is limited. Information is also available on the web at www.osubeavers.com.

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