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Oregon State Hosts No. 12 Cal and No. 8 Stanford

Oct 24, 2013

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Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State women’s soccer team hosts No. 12/21 California and No. 8/13 Stanford this weekend as they close out their fifth week of Pac-12 play.

The Beavers are coming off a two-game winning streak with 1-0 victories over Arizona State and Washington State, currently the second-longest unbeaten streak in conference play. Back-to-back game-winning goals from senior midfielder Erin Uchacz has provided the spark Oregon State has needed all season.

After her performance against the Sun Devils and the Cougars, Uchacz has found herself ranked within the Pac-12. Through conference play, Uchacz is ranked T1st for game-winning goals (2), T2nd for goals (2) and goals per game (0.33), and T5th for points (5) and points per game (0.83).

Senior forward Jenna Richardson and sophomore goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme are also ranked in the Pac-12. Within conference play, Richardson is currently ranked 8th for shots per game (2.80). Prudhomme is ranked 2nd in saves (66) and saves per game (4.71), 7th in save percentage (.815), and T7th for shutouts (4) and shutouts per game (0.29).

Oregon State is heading into the weekend with positive vibes and the right mentality, looking to extend their two-game winning streak.

Up first for the Beavers is California. The Golden Bears are currently listed at No. 12 in the NSCAA Coach’s Poll and No. 21 in NCAA RPI rankings. Oregon State and California last went head to head in 2012, Cal coming up with a 3-1 victory. The lone goal for the Beavers was scored by returning senior forward Brandi Dawson. California leads the all-time series record 19-3-1.

“With Cal, we are going to have to match their physicality,” said Head Coach Linus Rhode. “We have to play well as a group to try to play through them and combine because they are a very individual-based team.”

On Sunday, Oregon State will face Stanford. The Cardinal is currently listed at No. 8 in the NSCAA Coach’s Poll and No. 13 in the NCAA RPI rankings. These two teams last played one another in 2012, Stanford claiming a 5-1 victory at home. The lone goal for the Beavers was scored by returning sophomore defender Gwen Bieck.

“Stanford, on the other hand, is more of a team so we’re going to have to be strong defensively and take our chances,” Rhode said. “The teams that have beaten them have been really solid defensively and taken their opportunities, particularly on set plays.”

Stanford leads the all-time series record 19-1-0, Oregon State claiming a victory in 2003. Despite those numbers, the Beavers and the Cardinal have met for important matches in recent years. In 2010 and 2011, Oregon State and Stanford battled it out as the first and second place teams in the Pac-10/12 at the time. In 2010, the winner of the match would be named Pac-10 Champions, and it was Stanford who collected the win.

Rhode believes that his team is still driven headed into the final leg of regular season and is confident that they can maintain the level of play they have shown in their last two matches.

“There is definitely a spark and a drive to end the season strong,” Rhode said. “Obviously the beginning of the season was frustrating and not what we wanted, but now they are really coming together and pushing really hard; it’s great to see.”

Kick off for Friday’s match against California is set for 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Follow live stats at Sunday’s match against Stanford will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Be sure to bring canned food items to both Friday and Sunday’s games as the Oregon State women’s soccer team will be delivering all donations to the local Community Outreach center. In addition, the Beavers will be holding a raffle over the weekend. Provide your signature upon entering Paul Lorenz Field before both games, and listen for your name to be drawn during Sunday’s match.