Oregon State Women's Soccer Preview
TEAM QUICK FACTS
2009 Overall Record: 14-8-1
2009 Pac-10 Record-4-5-0 (T-5th)
Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 16/6
Head Coach: Linus Rhode
Alma Mater: Portland, 1996
Record at Oregon State: 20-19-3 (3 seasons)
Assistant Coaches: Michelle Voiland, Eric Pohl
The Beavers enter the 2010 season after a Cinderella run in 2009, when the squad reached the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament, the deepest the team has gone in school history. Despite having a losing record in Pac-10 play, 4-5-0, the Beavers turned it on in the postseason and will look to have that carry over in 2010. The team returns seven starters from last year's team, including redshirt sophomore forward Chelsea Buckland, who led the squad with seven goals scored. Junior midfielder/forward Melinda Ingalls, senior defender/midfielder Courtney Wetzel and junior defender/midfielder Ashley Seal will all be looked to as leading returners on this season's squad. Ingalls, Wetzel and Seal combined for 12 goals and eight assists in 2009, creating a very balanced attack behind leading-scorer Buckland. The Beavers will need to account for the loss of leadership of midfielder and second-leading scorer Melissa Peck and First-Team All-Pac-10 midfielder Rachael Nixon, but should be able to look into their group of 13 newcomers for some help. Goalkeeper Colleen Boyd, who has 31 career appearances in goal and 115 career saves will look to anchor the defense in 2010.
Sept. 19 - San Diego State at Oregon State, 4:00 p.m. PT
Oct. 17 - UCLA at Oregon State, 1:00 p.m. PT
The Beavers' first big test of the season comes on Sept. 19 against San Diego State in their Oregon State Nike Invitational. San Diego State made the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and the match should prove to be a competitive one.
On the road against in-state rival Washington State on Nov. 5 should prove to be a key match for the Huskies. It is the final regular season game of the season, and could possibly hold Pac-10 standings and NCAA Tournament bid implications.
For Oregon State to be in the conversation as one of the top teams in the Conference, they need to pull out some big Pac-10 wins in 2010. The weekend of Oct. 15-17 could prove very important for the Beavers, with both USC and UCLA visiting Corvallis.
PLAYER TO WATCH
#12, Chelsea Buckland
RS So., F, Vancouver, British Columbia
Redshirt sophomore Chelsea Buckland was a key player in the rise of the Beavers in 2009. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Buckland appeared in 23 games and led the Beavers with seven goals and 16 career points. She netted the game-winning goals in the Civil War victory over Oregon, in a win over nationally-ranked Denver and a 2-1 victory over Washington. The Vancouver, British Columbia native, has a quick-trigger shot, leading the team with 54 shots, including 24 on goal in 2009.