Oregon State looks to break through when they visit No. 14 Washington

Oct. 13, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. - SOCCER THIS WEEK: Oregon State (5-7-1 overall, 0-3-0 Pacific-10) continues its tough men's soccer schedule with a team on the rise, the No. 14 Washington Huskies (9-3-2 overall, 2-0-1 Pacific-10) on the road Sunday at 1 p.m. The search for the Beavers' first conference win comes against a team that has the leading record in the Pacific-10 and has outplayed several, nationally ranked teams this year.

Alex Christenson, Carlos Cornejo, and Brian Jordan will be unable to compete against Washington this weekend due to their ejections in last Sunday's 2-0 loss to California.

'We are going to be missing three key players which is really going to affect the way we are going to play, but we are going to come together and battle,' OSU head coach Dana Taylor said. 'We've addressed the problems and we're going to continue to move forward.'

Ryan Johnson and Robbie Findley are currently leading the Pacific-10 in overall shots. Johnson, currently No.1, has total of 37 shots this year. Findley, No. 2, has a total of 32 shots on the year. Robbie Findley is also currently tied for No. 2 the Pacific-10 in goals this year with five.Oregon State leads the with 26 goals scored this season, thats an average of two goals a game. The Beavers also lead in assists at 17 total or 1.31 assists per a game.

THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES: Considered to be an up-and-coming team, the No. 14 Washington Huskies are looking to make some noise this year in college soccer. The Huskies return seven starters from last years squad and added skilled recruits to augment their roster. Standout senior defender C.J. Klass returns to the team this year after earning first team All-America honors at the conclusion of last season. Another standout, junior forward Leo Totev, is the Huskies' top returning scorer.

RECENT STANDOUT PERFORMANCES: OSU forward Chris Murphy scored the only goal for the Beavers last weekend in the 76th minute of their game against Stanford. Murphy's goal, his third of the season, was scored off a broken corner kick play from 20 yards out. The assist was credited to Evan McNelely.

OSU RECAP VS. STANFORD: The evenly matched affair came down to the last 3:26 of the game when Stanford's Darren Fernandez beat the OSU defense to score the game-winning goal, his second of the game. The loss ended a six-game unbeaten steak at home for Beavers. The game had promising implications for the Beavers as they outshot Cardinal 13-9 and had a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks. OSU plays the Cardinal again on Oct. 31 at Stanford.

OSU RECAP VS. CALIFORNIA: Silly mistakes and a foul-filled performance that led to three ejections cost the Beavers in the end as they lost 2-0 to No. 3 California on Sunday. Scoring opportunities were close the whole game with California leading slightly in shots 12-9 and in corner kicks 6-5. The disparity in fouls remained the key to the game where OSU committed 30 fouls to California's 9. scored the lone goal for the Beavers down 2-0 in the 76th minute. 'We've never won a game at UCLA,' OSU head coach Dana Taylor said 'Its a very hard venue for us to play.' The loss puts OSU to 5-5-1 overall.

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