A Season for the Ages for Women's Soccer

Dec. 9, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State women's soccer team completed the best season in program history as the Beavers advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in school history, defeating Ohio State and nationally-seeded Florida before falling to Notre Dame, 1-0, in the Sweet 16.

'I'm very proud of what they accomplished this season,' Oregon State women's soccer head coach Linus Rhode said. 'They set the standard for future Oregon State teams. It was a tremendous season.'

The Beavers finished the year with a record of 14-8-1, posting the second-most wins in school history. Among the many highlights throughout the 2009 season, Oregon State defeated four nationally-ranked foes and had a seven-match winning streak following a loss to Portland State in the season opener.

Three Oregon State players were named All Pac-10 Conference, including senior Rachael Axon, who earned first-team honors. In addition, Ashley Wood was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection as 10 Oregon State players earned academic all-conference honors.

In addition to Axon, Ashley Seal earned honorable mention all-league honors while freshman Chelsea Buckland was named to the Pac-10 Conference all-freshman team.

The honor marks the second consecutive year Axon was named to the all-league squad after earning honorable mention honors a year ago. The senior captain played and started in every contest for Oregon State this season and is one of only three players to play over 1,600 minutes this season. In 19 starts, Axon had a goal and two assists.

Buckland earned all-freshman honors after leading the Beavers in scoring throughout the regular season. The forward came off the bench throughout the season and lead the team with seven goals and 16 points.

Seal picked up her first all-conference nod as the sophomore midfielder ranked second on the squad with five goals. The midfielder played and started in every contest for Oregon State, logging nearly 1,500 minutes on the pitch.

Not only did the Beavers have success on the field they excelled off of it. They placed 10 players on the Pac-10 Conference All-Academic squad. Wood earned first-team honors for Oregon State as Axon picked up second-team honors.

Najma Homidi, Red Nixon and Melissa Peck each picked up their third academic all-league nod as the trio was named to the honorable mention squad.

Colleen Boyd, Kristen Carmichael, Ashley Folsom, Brittany Galindo and Seal round out the Oregon State selection on the squads as the sophomores were named to the honorable mention squad for the first time in their careers.

Oregon State was named as one of the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award winners with at team cumulative GPA of 3.18.

The Beavers lose six tremendous seniors this year but with a group of outstanding freshman coming into the program next fall and the core group back, they will be looking to make another push deep into the NCAA tournament in 2010.



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