OSU At Home Against Arizona, Arizona State

Nov. 1, 2004

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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (8-9-1 overall, 2-4-1 Pacific 10) returns home to wrap up its Pac-10 season this weekend, taking on Arizona on Friday at 12 noon and Arizona State on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Beavers were away last weekend, tying California 0-0 in double overtime on Friday and losing to No. 17 Stanford 1-0 on Sunday.

'I think all around we played particularly well last weekend,' OSU head coach Steve Fennah said. 'Our defense did well, we had some opportunities to score that we didn't take, but overall we had a good weekend.

'We are excited for the upcoming weekend. Obviously both Arizona teams have done well. You can't ask for anything more going into this weekend. We have an opportunity to play in the tournament, and that is what our girls are excited for.'

Added Fennah: 'These are very important games and we have the ability to win both games and put ourselves in the selection committees picture, that is the primary focus and we need to win both games.'

'We just have to get keyed up and ready for Friday. We are finishing up our Pac-10 season at home and we will have to get ourselves prepared for that.'

STATISTICAL STANDOUTS: OSU forward Jodie Taylor and goalkeeper Melissa Onstad continue to be ranked in the Pac-10 individual soccer statistics this week. Onstad is fourth in the Pac-10 for saves (77), third in saves per game (4.81), and tied for fourth in shutouts (6). Likewise, Onstad is in a three-way tie for third in OSU's single-season shutouts list. Taylor is currently leading the conference in points (30) and goals (14), and is tied for fourth in shots (56). Taylor is also third on OSU's all-time single season list for both goals and points, and is in a three-way tie for 10th place on OSU's all-time career goal leaders list.

SERIES HISTORY WITH ARIZONA: OSU is 5-3-1 against Arizona, gaining two consecutive wins during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Arizona is currently first in the Pac-10 (14-4-0 overall, 5-2-0 in conference), beating USC 3-0 last Friday and No. 9 UCLA 1-0 on Sunday.

SERIES HISTORY WITH ARIZONA STATE: The Beavers are 0-7-0 against ASU, losing 1-0 on the road last year. The Sun Devils lost to No. 9 UCLA 1-0 on Saturday and beat USC 1-0 on Sunday, bringing their record to 8-8-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the Pac-10.

OSU GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. CALIFORNIA: OSU tied California 0-0 in double overtime last Friday in Berkeley, giving the Beavers their first tie of the year. Fennah highlighted the efforts put forth by Beaver defense, pointing out goalkeeper Melissa Onstad's strong contribution. Onstad outsaved 9-3 during the matchup, bringing the game to a stalemate.

OSU GAME HIGHLIGHTS VS. STANFORD: OSU lost to No. 17 Stanford 1-0 last Sunday afternoon at Maloney Field. Stanford's LeahTapscott scored the lone goal of the game during the 27th second minute. The Beavers were able to hold off the Cardinals during the second half, managing to outsave Stanford 3-0 while being outshot 9-2. OSU put out a great defensive effort but was unable to generate a tying goal, giving Stanford the win.