Beavers Host Diadora/Clif Bar Tournament
Sept. 21, 2004
SOCCER THIS WEEK: OSU Men's Soccer starts the Diadora/Clif Bar Tournament this week versus two first-time opponents with hopes of taking top honors. OSU and St. Bonventure play Friday at 5 p.m. OSU and Cornell play Sunday at 2 p.m. In other tournament action, Gonzaga kicks off against Cornell Friday at 2:30 p.m. and then Gonzaga plays again Sunday against St. Bonaventure at noon. All games are at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.
ST. BONAVENTURE BONNIES: After going undefeated for the first three weeks of the soccer season this year, St. Bonaventure earned the 25th ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The Bonnies are lead by sophomore forward Kevin Omokhua who has three goals this year and senior goalie Sean Eyde. This is the first meeting between St. Bonaventure and Oregon State.
CORNELL BIG RED: Hoping to capitalize from a strong offseason, the Big Red of Cornell are coming to Corvallis looking to break through for their first win of the season. Cornell is led by senior defender Scott Palguta, who lead the team in goals in 2003. Last year the Big Red finished 4-8-4 in Ivy League play.
RECENT STANDOUT PERFORMANCES: OSU players Brett Gardiner, Robbie Findley, and Matt Johnson finish the week each with two goals over the past three games. For Findley, the two goals increases his team leading total to 4, while it marks the first two goals for Johnson and Gardiner
OSU HIGHLIGHTS VS. RHODE ISLAND: OSU upset No. 21-ranked Rhode Island 3-0 Sunday. Matt Johnson scored the first goal of the game in the 14th minute off an assist by Loren Hill. Brett Gardner scored second in the 52nd minute on a long 15-yard shot. Then to seal the shutout Bryan Jordan scored in the 81st minute off an assist from Carlos Cornejo.
OSU HIGHLIGHTS VS. UC-DAVIS:OSU's contest with UC-Davis ended in a draw despite OSU leading in shots on goal 23-5 . This was the first draw for OSU since 2000. OSU's goal was scored by the team's leading scorer, Robbie Findley, in the 58th minute off an assist by Brett Gardner.
STATISTICS OF INTEREST: Over the last three games, OSU has outscored opponents in the second half 7-0, while only leading 2nd half shots on goal 58-42.
Oregon State leads the Pac-10 in fouls per game with over 22 per game and 181 overall.