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Beavers Set to Host Pair of Weekend Matches

Sep 3, 2014

The Kick Off: Oregon State remains at home for two more games this week, as the Beavers take on Cal State Fullerton and Eastern Michigan at Paul Lorenz Field. Oregon State will face the Titans on Friday at 7 p.m., before matching up with the Eagles at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Follow Along: Live stats will be available for both of this weekend’s games, and can be accessed through the OSU women’s soccer schedule page. Twitter updates will be available for all Oregon State games this season @OSU_WSoccer.

Series Histories: Oregon State is 3-0-0 all-time against Cal State Fullerton, with all three meetings coming in Southern California. The Beavers won the teams’ last meeting back in 2012, when the Orange and Black overcame an early deficit to win 2-1 on an 88th minute goal.

The Beavers  have never faced Eastern Michigan.

Scouting the Opponents: Cal State Fullerton is 0-3-1 to start the season, but has played some close matches against good competition. The Titans opened their season with a 1-1 tie against No. 22 BYU, and have played two more overtime games, falling to Denver and Georgia. Connie Caliz leads Cal State Fullerton with one goal and one assist. Tala Haddad and Ivy Diego have both found the net this season as well. Morgan Bertsch has played all 405 minutes in goal for the Titans, posting a total of nine saves.

Eastern Michigan is 2-2-0 this year, and is coming off back-to-back losses to Michigan State and Texas Tech, after starting the campaign with wins over Fordham and Indiana. Angela Vultaggio has scored four goals this year, including both of the team’s game-winning goals. Emily Dzik has also put one past the keeper, while Megan Trapp has recorded two assists. Megan McCabe has started three of the Eagles’ four games between the pipes, allowing two goals and making 12 saves.

Step in Santarossa: Sophomore Sabrina Santarossa scored her first career goal against St. Mary’s on Sunday, converting a spot-kick in the 29th minute. Santarossa aims to take on a bigger role in the Beaver midfield this season. WIth eight shots in Oregon State’s first four games, she is already poised to surpass her total of nine shots in 2013. Santarossa has started all four matches this year, after making three starts a year ago.

Latham On the Mark: Freshman Kayla Latham scored her first career goal on Sunday, hammering home a header in the 58th minute to level the score. The midfielder has played in all four games this season, making one start.

Say Hello...: A number of Beaver players have made their debut in the Orange and Black this season. Eleven true freshmen have seen the field in the 2014 campaign, with eight of them making at least one start. Emma Bergstrom, Nikki Faris and Natalie Higgins have all started each of the Beavers’ four games this season as true freshmen.

Can’t Beat Bieck: If there is one thing you can count on when it comes to Oregon State soccer, it’s that you will find Gwen Bieck in the starting lineup every week. The Duvall, Wash., native has started 31 consecutive matches for the Beavers,  in a streak that began against Colorado on Oct. 13, 2012. She has played in 43 of the 44 games the Beavers have played since she joined the program. Bieck has been named a team-captain for the 2014 season, and has taken over an expanded role as a leader on the team.  

Govig or Go Home: Sophomore Annie Govig will help to lock down an experienced core of Beaver defenders. The Sherwood, Ore., native played primarily at outside back last season, playing 16 matches and starting 11 games, and has continued that trend to begin this season, starting all four of Oregon State’s matches this year. Govig recorded her first career assist on Sunday, whipping a cross into the box that ultimately found the head of Kayla Latham.

Baker’s Field: Sophomore Kathryn Baker has started all 24 games the Beavers have played since she joined the team last season. The underclassman from Vancouver, B.C. was a Pac-12 Conference Honorable Mention last season for her efforts at centerback.

Sattler Up: Senior Julia Sattler recorded her first point since 2010 on Sunday, tallying an assist on Kayla Latham’s goal. Sattler’s pass set up Annie Govig’s cross, helping the Beavers level the score agaisnt the Gaels in the 58th minute.

Wreaking Haavik: Sophomore Helene Haavik has seen an expanded role in the Oregon State offense this season, after recording one goal and one assist in her debut campaign. The Norwegian forward made 11 starts as a freshman, and placed five of her 10 shots on frame.

Youth Movement: The 2014 Oregon State roster includes just four upperclassmen, compared to 20 underclassmen including 13 freshmen. The Beavers lost a number of outstanding seniors at the end of the 2013 season, as nine players graduated. Despite the departures, Oregon State’s returners come in with solid experience. Junior Gwen Bieck will step in as team captain, and will be expected to lead the team on and off the field. She will be joined by sophomore Kathryn Baker, who was a stalwart on the Beaver back line in the 2013 campaign.

It Ain’t Easy: The Oregon State women’s soccer schedule features four games against teams ranked in the NSCAA’s top-25, and nine games against teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The difficult schedule is headlined by a visit from defending national champion No. 1 UCLA at Paul Lorenz Field on Oct. 24. The Beavers will follow that up by taking on No. 6 Stanford in Northern California just over a week later on Nov. 2.

Rhode Warrior: Head coach Linus Rhode has been the architect of a revival in the Oregon State women’s soccer program. The Beavers’ skipper has a 66-49-13 record in his six seasons as head coach, and has helped the Beavers to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the first Sweet-16 in school history in 2009. The 2009 tournament appearance was Oregon State’s first postseason showing since 1994. Rhode’s work has not been done alone, as he has been joined by a pair of long-time assistants. Michelle Voiland has been working alongside Rhode for the last six seasons, while Eric Modelska-Pohl has spent the last five years with Rhode and the Beavers.

Get the (Pac-12) Net: The Beavers will have seven games televised on Pac-12 Networks this season. Oregon State made its 2014 television debut on Aug. 31, when it hosts St. Mary’s. The Orange and Black will then make back-to-back appearances on the screen when it faces Washington State at Paul Lorenz Field on Sept. 26, before taking on Arizona in Tucson on Oct. 3. After hosting its final home television contest of the season on Oct. 10 (vs. Colorado), the Beavers will close out their 2014 Pac-12 Networks slate with road games at Washington (Oct. 20), Stanford (Nov. 2) and Oregon (Nov. 7).