Beavers Host Nike Invitational This Weekend

Aug. 31, 2004


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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State women's soccer team hosts the Nike Invitational Tournament at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium this weekend. OSU plays New Hampshire at 5:00 p.m. on Friday before facing UNC-Greensboro at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Fresno State will also be taking on UNC-Greensboro at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, and Fresno State plays New Hampshire at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.SERIES HISTORY WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE: OSU and New Hampshire meet for the first time this weekend in the Nike Invitational Tournament. UNH opened its season with a 2-0 win against Lafayette, followed by a 3-1 loss to Oklahoma State. New Hampshire ended its 2003 season with a record of 8-9-4.SERIES HISTORY WITH UNC-GREENSBORO: OSU also faces UNC-Greensboro for the first in this weekend's tournament. UNC-Greensboro opened up its season last weekend with a 1-0 overtime victory against Old Dominion, followed by a 3-2 loss to Wake Forest on Sunday. UNC-Greensboro's overall record in 2003 was 7-12-2.SUDDEN IMPACT: Freshman forward Jodie Taylor (Merseyside, England) scored two goals in her first weekend of action, netting shots against San Diego State and UCSB.OSU GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. SAN DIEGO STATE: Oregon State opened its season with a 1-0 win over San Diego State on Aug. 27. Melissa Onstad's six saves along with Jodie Taylor's goal in the 62nd minute gave the Beavers their first victory of the season.OSU GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. UC-SANTA BARBARA: The Beavers topped UCSB 2-1 in overtime at Lorenz Field on Sunday to earn their second win of the season. Jodie Taylor netted her second goal of the year in the 27th minute, followed by UCSB's game tying goal with three minutes left in the first half. Tiara Hong headed in the game-winner in the ninth minute of overtime off a corner kick from Jen Crump to the far post. The winning goal was Hong's first career score.FENNAH FACTS: In his seventh year at the helm of the Oregon State women's soccer program, head coach Steve Fennah has resurrected a once-stagnant program and returned it to the forefront of college soccer.In 2003, Fennah's squad won a school-record three Pacific-10 games, topped No. 10 Washington in Seattle and made a late charge at the postseason with a 3-1-1 stretch in conference action to finish alone in sixth place in one of the toughest conferences in the nation.Fennah's teams have become known for their offensive explosiveness and tough defensive play.In 2002, Fennah 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 has a career record of 46-64-10 (9-41-4 Pac-10), all at OSU.Fennah was introduced as the third head coach in the history of the OSU program on Feb. 6, 1998.Prior to coaching at OSU, Fennah guided Jesuit High of Beaverton to its fourth straight Oregon Class 4A state title in the fall of 1997. In five seasons at Jesuit, he led the Crusaders to an 84-2-6 record and top-eight national rankings.

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