OSU squares off against No. 7 UCLA and non-conference opponent Humboldt State this week.

Nov. 2, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. -

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SOCCER THIS WEEK: Oregon State (5-10-1 overall, 0-6-0 Pacific-10) begins the final strectch of the season this week with two home games. On Friday the Beavers take on a non-league opponent in Humboldt State (8-9-0) at 2 p.m., then on Sunday, seventh-ranked and leading Pacific-10 team, UCLA Bruins.

This is the fourth meeting between OSU and Humboldt State, HSU leads the series record 1-2-0. The teams haven't played since 1990.

'We can't look past them,' OSU head coach Dana Taylor said. 'I just want the guys to use the game as a springboard for the game against UCLA, and hopefully we can get a win.'

Earlier this season the Beavers lost to the Bruins 3-1 at UCLA.

'This time we've got them at home,' Taylor said. 'We are tough to play at home and hopefully the condtions will favor us.'

Despite the Beavers record so far this season, team optimism is high for the win.

'We'll be ready for them,' Taylor said. 'We will give them our all.'

HUMBOLDT STATE LUMBERJACKS: Under the leadership of a new coach, the Humboldt State Lumberjacks are implementing new styles and strategies to utilize their players best. The Lumberjack hail from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and are looking to improve on their 2-19 overall record from last year. Anchoring the Lumberjacks new defensive strategy are a pair of newcomers. In the center backfield is Tyler Howe, a true freshman from Seattle, and Julian Fulwiler, who transfers in from CaƱada College in Redwood City, CA. Up front, Humboldt's attack will be capably anchored by sophomore Ryan Parker, who scored three goals in 19 games in 2003.

SCOUTING THE UCLA BRIUNS:UCLA is living up to its preseason coaches poll pick of No. 1 in the Pacific-10. The Bruins recently topped California in a miraculous 4-3 victory in overtime. Down 3-1 with less than nine minutes to play, the Bruins scored two goals in regulation and then scored after a penalty kick three minutes into overtime to win. Standout seniors Mike Enfield and Aaron Lopez are considered the leaders of the group and are also tabbed to be two of the top 25 players to watch in 2004, according to the M.A.C. Herman Trophy watch list. Aside from the two seniors, the Bruins have a slew of young talent including the returning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Chad Barret at forward.

Recap Vs. California (L, 2-1)The first goal of the game came early in the 5th minute on a California free kick. Nick Hatzke chipped the ball into Calen Carr who was able to head it past the Beaver defenders from six yards out.Hatzke struck again in the second half when he assisted Eric Ebert on the second goal of the game for the Bears off another free kick. Eric Ebert scored the decisive six-yard goal for the Bears in the 55th minute to go up 2-0.The Beavers scored their first and only goal of the game down 2-0 late in game at the 77th minute mark. On a pass from Robbie Findley, Brett Gardner scored from 16 yards out to make the game competitive before the clock expired.

Recap Vs. Stanford (L, 2-0)The Beavers played an evenly matched game against the No. 17 Cardinal, but made a few crucial mistakes that ended up costing OSU the game. Stanford got two scores from forward Matt Janusz to pace the Cardinal offensive. The first goal came in the 28th minute off a Stanford goal kick. Stanford goalkeeper, Robby Fulton kicked the ball all the way down field where Janusz was able to head the ball past the Beaver defenders. Januszs' second goal came in the 74th minute off a penalty kick resulting from an OSU handball in the box.