Oregon State Men's Soccer Preview
TEAM QUICK FACTS
Oregon State Beavers
2009 Overall Record: 6-6-6
2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 3-4-3/4th
Starters Returning/Lost: 9/2
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 16/2
Head Coach: Steve Simmons (2nd year)
Alma Mater: Concordia '90
Record at Oregon State: 6-6-6
Assistant Coaches: Adam Pearce, Gary Hamel
The Beavers are coming off their best Pac-10 finish since 2003 after finishing second in the Conference with a 5-4-1 record. The biggest challenge in 2010 will be replacing 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year and MLS SuperDraft No. 1 overall selection Danny Mwanga, who led the Conference in several key categories. Second-year head coach Steve Simmons returns nine starters, including his top returning scorer in junior midfielder/forward Colin Mitchell, who recorded five goals and two assists last season. Senior forward Brian Ramsey led the Beavers in assists last season with five, while junior Travis Sanchez tallied two goals and one assist. Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection Steve Spangler returns in goal after playing in all 18 games last season, starting 17. The junior allowed 23 goals for a goal against average (GAA) of 1.27 and recorded 59 saves.
Sept. 12 - Oregon State vs. Northwestern, 11 a.m. CT
NIU adidas/Magnuson Inn Invitational, DeKalb, Ill.
Oct. 8 - California at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Oct. 29 - Oregon State at California, 2 p.m.
The Beavers travel to DeKalb, Ill., for the NIU adidas/Magnuson Inn Invitational to face Northwestern, ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA Preseason Poll. Oregon State split the series with California last season, falling, 3-1, in Berkeley before earning a 1-0 victory in Corvallis.
PLAYER TO WATCH
#13 Colin Mitchell
Junior, Midfielder/Forward, San Francisco, Calif.
An All-Pac-10 second team selection, Colin Mitchell played and started in all 18 games as a sophomore. He finished second on the team in scoring in 2009 with five goals and two assists for 12 points. Mitchell scored his first and second career goals in a 4-0 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Sept. 6. He notched his first career assist against UCLA on Oct. 2. Mitchell recorded the game-winning goal in a 1-0 shutout of Cal on Nov. 1. Mitchell was also a Pac-10 All-Academic second team honoree.