OSU Heads To The Bay Area

Oct. 25, 2004

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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (8-8-0 overall, 2-3-0 Pacific 10) is on the road this week, taking on California Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Stanford on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Pacific-10 women's soccer. The Beavers split their games last weekend, losing Friday to No.7 Washington 1-0 in double-overtime, and beating Washington State 3-2 on Sunday. 'I think our results this weekend, from great performances on Friday and Sunday came down to a team effort as much as anything else,' OSU head coach Steve Fennah said. 'There are a lot of people doing a lot of hard work and running.' Fennah noted that forwards Jodie Taylor and Stacey Mescher played important roles in their win against Washington State. Likewise he praised the defense and midfield for their efforts against WSU. 'The whole backline did a great job,' Fennah said. 'It was a great day for Lauren Wippel, Melena Ertler had a tremendous game, Alison Vislay, and Monica Storm were great in the middle. We did tremendous around the rest of the field, midfielder Janelle Joy covered every inch of the field, it was really a great game for us.' 'We have to compare ourselves to Cal and Stanford, who are both good teams, going into this week,' Fennah said. 'They are obviously two good teams. I am sure Cal is very excited coming off the upset win of UCLA, they will be a tough team to play down at their place. We will need to work on the things that put us in a position to do well.'

STATISTICAL STANDOUTS: OSU forwards Jodie Taylor, Stacie Mescher, and goalkeeper Melissa Onstad are all ranked in the Pac-10 going into this week. Onstad is tied for fifth place in the Pac-10 with 5 shutouts and third with 64 saves. Mescher currently has five assists, putting her in a Pac-10 eight way tie for third place. Taylor scored three goals this weekend, keeping her in first place for goals (14) and points (30), while bringing her to a tie for third in shots (52). Taylor is third in OSU's all-time single-season list for both goals and points, in a three-way tie for tenth place on OSU's all-time career goal leaders list, and could break Val Williams' single-season goal record of 19 points.

SERIES HISTORY WITH CALIFORNIA: The Beavers are 2-12-0 against the Bears, last beating them consecutively at home during the 1994 (5-1) and 1995 (2-0) seasons. Last year OSU lost to Cal 3-2 in Corvallis. The Bears are currently 2-2-1 in conference and 9-4-2 overall, beating No. 6 UCLA 1-0 last Friday, and losing to USC 2-1 on Sunday.

SERIES HISTORY WITH STANFORD: OSU is 1-10-0 against Stanford, beating them for the first time at home last year 1-0. Stanford split last weekend, losing to UCLA 1-0 on Friday and beating USC 1-0 on Sunday, bringing them to 2-2-1 in conference and 10-4-2 overall.

OSU GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. WASHINGTON: Despite battling the Huskies, OSU lost to Washington 3-2 last Friday in Corvallis. The Beavers' Jodie Taylor scored in the eigth minute of the game off an assist from Alyssa Blackwell. Washington came back with a goal by Casssie Giles in the 22nd minute of the game, tying the score going into the second half. In the 68th minute of the game Jodie Taylor scored an unassisted goal from ten yards out, while the Huskies followed with a goal by Kim Taylor in the 87th minute, sending the game into overtime. No goals were scored in single-overtime, however Washington's Nikki Gamble was able to break free and score in the fourth minute of double-overtime, giving the Huskies the win.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. WASHINGTON STATE: OSU's Jodie Taylor scored the only goal of the game for the Beavers' 1-0 victory over WSU. In the 26th minute of the game, Taylor broke away from a defender, shooting past the WSU goalkeeper's reach from 15 yards out. OSU outsaved WSU 5-1 in the second half, bringing home a win for the Beavers.

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