OSU Continues Road Swing At Bradley Classic

Sept. 9, 2004


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THIS WEEK: OSU is on the road this weekend in Peoria, Ill., facing SW Missouri State at 3 p.m. on Friday and Bradley at 5 p.m. pacific time on Sunday. This week's match-ups ends the season opening stretch of five games played on the road. September 15th at 4 p.m. will mark OSU's first home game against Gonzaga at Lorenz Field in Corvallis.

SERIES HISTORY WITH SW MISSOURI STATE: OSU will be taking on SWMS for the first time in Beaver history this weekend. SWMS tied Loyola Marymount 2-2 in its season opener and followed with a 1-0 win against Western Michigan, bringing its season record to 1-0-1. SWMS finished last season with an overall record of 9-7-3.

SERIES HISTORY WITH BRADLEY: The Beavers will also be taking on BU for the first time on Sunday. BU started its 2004 season with a 2-0 loss to Butler followed by a 1-0 win against Providence and a 2-1 loss to Richmond. BU finished its 2003 season with a solid record of 11-8-4.

STANDOUT NEWCOMERS: OSU freshmen forwards Robby Christner and Brett Gardner, along with midfielders Alex Christensen, Mason Webb and Goalkeeper Jason Mariner, have all played in the first three games for the Beavers. Mariner has started each game making 13 saves so far this year, while Christner scored against Valparaiso in the Beavers' season opener. Sophomore transfer Chris Murphy has also played in all three games as a forward, scoring one goal.

OSU HIGHLIGHTS VS.VALPARAISO: Oregon State beat VU 4-2 in its season opener on the road. Valpo's Mickey Miller and Owen Hoyt scored the only goals against the Beavers. OSU had 16 shots total, with the Beavers' Robbie Findley, Chad Bartlome, Robby Christner, and Ryan Johnson all scoring to bring home the win.

OSU HIGHLIGHTS VS. NOTRE DAME: OSU lost 2-1 to ninth-ranked UND last Friday. In the first five minutes of the game, the Beavers' Robbie Findley assisted Chris Murphy, who headed in the first and only goal of the game for OSU. OSU's goalkeeper Jason Mariner made five saves during the game, however UND's Jack Stewart and Justin McGeeney were able to score, bringing home UND's second win of the season.

OSU HIGHLIGHTS VS. INDIANA: No. 1 Indiana beat OSU 3-1 last Saturday in Bloomington. After IU's Danny O'Rourke scored, OSU came back with a goal headed in by Ryan Johnson assisted by Bryan Jordan to tie up the game. Despite seven saves during the second half by OSU's goalkeeper Jason Mariner, IU's Julian Dieterle and Jacob Peterson scored to defeat the Beaver's in their third game of the season.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH DANA TAYLOR: In his sixth year as the men's head soccer coach at Oregon State University, Dana Taylor has elevated the program to elite status.

With 2003 came another record-breaking season in which the Beavers again advanced to the NCAA Men's College Cup, hosting an opening-round game for the first time in program history after claiming a school-record 13 wins for the second year in a row.

Taylor has an all-time record of 44-52-1, all at OSU. Over the last two-plus years, Taylor's squads have gone 27-17.

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