Beavers Greet No. 7 Washington, Washington State

Oct. 18, 2004

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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (7-7-0 overall, 1-2-0 Pacific-10) returns home to host No.7 Washington and Washington State this weekend. The Beavers, coming off of last week's 3-0 win at Oregon, take on Washington on Friday at 3 p.m. and Washington State on Sunday at 12 noon.

'We have to build on the momentum of winning away against Oregon,' Oregon State head coach Steve Fennah said. 'These are obviously two good teams. Washington has been ranked in the top 10 all season, and WSU is coming off of a super weekend beating both L.A. schools. We have to be prepared; both teams play slightly different styles.'

Fennah will be looking to standout forwards Stacey Mescher and Jodie Taylor this weekend, both of whom are currently ranked among Pac-10 leaders. Taylor is currently first in the Pac-10 in goals (11), third in shots (47), tied for second in game-winning shots (4), and second in points (24). Taylor is on track to break Val Williams' OSU single-season scoring record of 47 points, having accumulated 24 points from 11 goals and two assists so far this season. Mescher is second behind Taylor for the Beavers this year, accumulating 11 points from two goals and five assists. Mescher is currently in a Pac-10 tie for third place with seven assists.

SERIES HISTORY WITH WASHINGTON: The Beavers are 4-11-0 against the Huskies, gaining one of their wins last season at Washington with a 2-0 shutout. Washington is ranked No. 7 in the country and is currently eighth in the Pac-10, with an overall record of 10-3-1 and 1-2-1 in conference. The Huskies split their last two matchups, beating No. 22 Southern California 2-1 and losing to No. 8 UCLA 5-1.

SERIES HISTORY WITH WASHINGTON STATE: Last year's matchup at WSU resulted in a 1-1 double overtime tie for the Beavers, bringing their overall record with the Cougars to 6-6-3. WSU is currently fifth in the Pac-10 with a 2-2-0 conference record and is 7-5-2 on the year. Last weekend the Cougars shutout both their opponents, beating No. 8 UCLA 1-0 and No. 22 USC 2-0.

OSU GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. OREGON: OSU shutout Oregon 3-0 last Friday evening in Eugene, bringing its overall record to 7-7-0 on the year and 1-2-0 in the Pac-10, while the Ducks sank to 0-3 in conference and 3-9-1 overall. Alyssa Blackwell scored an unassisted goal in the 43rd minute of the game, giving the Beavers a 1-0 lead going into halftime. Then in the 64th minute Jodie Taylor centered the ball to senior Courtney Carter, who buried the ball deep into the net from 20 yards out. Carter's goal was followed up in the 72nd minute by Kelli Washburn's goal from seven yards out from a centered pass by Jen Crump. The 3-0 victory marked Carter and Washburn's first goals on the year.

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