Beavers Greet Pacific Northwest Foes In Women's Soccer

Sept. 27, 2004

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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State women's soccer team is in Corvallis this week, taking on longtime opponents Portland State on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Gonzaga on Friday at 3 p.m. at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.

SERIES HISTORY WITH PORTLAND STATE: The Beavers saw action against the Vikings last season, losing 2-0 in Corvallis. Top players for PSU are senior midfielder Karly Larsen, who is currently fourth on the team with two goals and six points, while senior midfielder/defender Katie Miyake has 11 goals, 13 assists and 35 points in her career. PSU is currently 5-2-1 on the year and ended last season 7-10-1. The Beavers' all-time record against the Viks is 5-2-1.

SERIES HISTORY WITH GONZAGA: OSU last took on the Zags in 2002, beating them at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium 2-0. The Beavers are undefeated against GU with a 10-0-0 record since they first played the Bulldogs in 1992. GU was 11-8-0 at the end of last season, marking its greatest season ever. The Zags welcome back all 11 of their starters this year, notably senior forward Annie Hawkins, who received first team all-WCC and first team All-Region during the 2003 season. The Zags are led by 2003's WCC Coach of the Year Shannon Stiles, and are currently 7-3-0 on the year.

OSU GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO: OSU fell 2-1 to USF last Friday evening on the road, handing the Beavers their third loss of the season. USF was up 2-0 late in the second half when freshman Jodie Taylor chipped a shot into goal off a through ball from Stacey Mescher, putting the Beavers on the board. The shot marked the ninth goal in eight games for Taylor, who is currently on track with 19 points (9 goals, 1 assist) to break Val Williams' single-season school points record of 47. OSU's loss brought its record on the year to 5-3-0 while raising USF to 6-3-0.

OSU GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: The Beavers lost 3-0 to Loyola Marymount last Sunday afternoon on the road, marking their second loss of the week and fourth loss on the season. The Beavers nearly matched shots against LMU 11-8, with OSU ultimately being unable to score. Lori Sims scored all three of LMU's goals, two of which were during the second half. The loss improved LMU's record to 6-3-0 while dropping OSU's to 5-4-0 on the year.

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