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Oregon State Hosts Colorado, Utah for Final Home Weekend

Mar 31, 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's soccer team returns home for their final home series of the 2020-21 season. 
 
Before the Beavers' game on Sunday, the seniors - Nicole Nickerson and Melissa Symmes - will be honored as a part of our senior game.
 
MATCH INFORMATION
 
Oregon State vs. Colorado
DATE: Friday, April 2
TIME: 7:00 PM PST
SITE: Lorenz Field - Corvallis, Ore.
RECORDS: Oregon State 2-8-1, 0-6-0 Pac-12; Colorado 6-4-1, 2-3-1 Pac-12
SERIES RECORD: Colorado leads, 5-4
STREAM: OSUBeavers.com
STATS: OSUBeavers.com
 
Oregon State vs. Utah
DATE: Sunday, April 4
TIME: 1:00 PM PST
SITE: Lorenz Field - Corvallis, Ore.
RECORDS: Oregon State 2-8-1, 0-6-0 Pac-12; Utah 2-7-2, 1-4-1 Pac-12
SERIES RECORD: Utah leads, 6-4-1
STREAM: OSUBeavers.com
STATS: OSUBeavers.com
 
*records as of 3/29/21
 
Oregon State notes | Colorado notes | Utah notes
 
ABOUT THE BEAVERS
• Oregon State is currently 2-8-1 on the season with a 0-6-0 Pac-12 record.
• The Beavers opened the season with a 3-0 win at Idaho. In a non-league game, OSU beat No. 3 Stanford, 2-1, on Feb. 28. 
• OSU's eight losses on the season come from five teams in the top-25 (California, USC, UCLA, Arizona State, and Stanford) with three others coming from an early season game against Portland (2/10), a 3-1 loss to Arizona (3/12), and a 2-0 loss to Oregon (3/19).
• Most recently, the Beavers held No. 22 California to a scoreless tie on March 28.
• Sophomore Brianna McReynolds leads the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists.
• Junior Sydney Studer is tied with McReynolds with four goals.
• Senior Kaillen Fried leads the team's assists with five, all of which come from corner kicks for set-piece goals. 
• Sophomore Abby Schwartz and McReynolds have combined for a goal on three different occasions, including the lone goal against the Golden Bears and the game-winning goal against the Cardinal.
• Junior goalkeeper Bridgette Skiba leads those in goal with a 1.87 goals-against average and a 0.650 save percentage in 1013:12.
 
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
• The Beavers opened the weekend against No. 23 Stanford on Friday, March 26. The Cardinal came out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first half. Junior Sydney Studer dropped the shutout when she recovered the ball in the OSU defensive box and brought it all the way across the field for a rocket of a shot into the goal.
• On Sunday, March 28, Oregon State held No. 22 California to a scoreless tie. The Beavers outshot the Golden Bears 5-3 in the first half but Cal came back to outshoot OSU 9-5 in the second half. In the first overtime, California held the attack with a couple of important saves from junior keeper Bridgette Skiba with Oregon State added some chances in the second overtime period.

OREGON STATE 2020 PREVIEW
• Oregon State will host seven home games in Corvallis.
• OSU returns 10 starters from 2019.
• The Beavers are scheduled to face five opponents currently ranked in the top 25 on Top Drawer Soccer, including two in the top five.
• Two players earned All-Pac-12 honors following the 2019 season, both of which will be returning (Weinert - third team, McReynolds - freshman team).
• Oregon State placed nine players on the Pac-12 Fall Honor Roll, including seven players that will be returning to the squad this season (Deane, Ellsworth, Fried, Gorzynski, Nickerson, Skiba, Weinert).

PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS 
Laura Galceran
• T-2nd; .500 shot percentage
 
Kaillen Fried
• 4th; 0.45 assists per game
 
Brianna McReynolds
• T-10th; 2.55 shots per game
• T-15th; 0.36 goals per game
• 16th; 0.91 points per game
 
Abby Schwartz
• T-23rd; 0.25 assists per game
 
Bridgette Skiba
• 6th; 3.55 saves per game
 
Sydney Studer
• T-15th; 0.36 goals per game
• T-17th; .222 shot percentage
 
OREGON STATE CAREER RECORDS
Bridgette Skiba
• Ranks 7th in solo shutouts (7); tied with Dinah Marsh (1990-92) … Needs one more to tie Jo Fletcher (2001-02) for sixth place.
• Ranks 8th in saves (185) … Needs three more to tie Sammy Jo Prudhoome (2012-13) for seventh place.
 
OREGON STATE SEASON RECORDS
Kaillen Fried
• Needs one more assist to be tied for eighth (6) with many other players, most recently Megan Miller (2012).
 
ABOUT COLORADO
• The Buffaloes hold a 6-4-1 overall record with a 2-3-1 conference record.
• Opening play, the team won three games before tying Washington (2/26) in their first Pac-12 game. 
• The Buffs continued with an even 3-3 record in March with two overtime games, one win and one loss. 
• In conference play, Colorado has yet to see the Oregon schools and the Arizona schools with its final game against Utah on Apr. 16.
• Shyra James and Hannah Sharts both lead the team with four goals and one assist for nine points each.
• Lawson Willie serves as the team's main playmaker with six assists.
• Dani Hansen leads in the net with 62 saves in 952:28 for a 0.85 goals against average and a .873 save percentage.
 
AGAINST THE BUFFALOES
• Colorado holds a slight 5-4 lead in the all-time series.
• The Beavers last saw the Buffaloes for a 2-1 win in October 2019. Brianna McReynolds scored the first goal for OSU. Assisted by Marley Salveter, she gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute. In the second half, the Buffs tied the score in the 73rd minute but OSU answered with a second goal just four minutes later.
 
ABOUT UTAH
• The Utes hold a 2-7-2 overall record with a 1-4-1 conference record.
• Utah opened the season with a 1-1-1 non-conference record before tying Washington State to open Pac-12 play on Feb. 26. 
• The Utes notched their second win against No. 14 USC on Mar. 12 after three shutout losses.
• Utah has not been able to score a goal since that win with three more shutout losses coming in since.
• Anna Escobedo leads the team with three goals and one assist for seven points with Courtney Talbot leading the way with three assists.
• In goal, SJ Edwards and Chelsea Peterson have combined for all but 10 minutes of the Utes' time in goal. Peterson leads with six starts while Edwards holds the higher number of minutes played with 565:50. Both have tallied one win on the season. Edwards has a 1.75 GAA and a .593 save percentage while Peterson has a 1.15 GAA and a .793 save percentage.
 
AGAINST THE UTES
• Utah leads the all-time series, 6-4-1.
• The Beavers last saw the Utes for a 1-1 tie in October 2019. Utah scored the first goal in the 23rd minute with Sophie Conrad finishing a pass from Brianna McReynolds for the tying goal in the 76th minute. 
• OSU last tallied a win against Utah in 2017 with a 2-1 finish. All three goals were scored in the second half with Oregon State notching the first and last goal.
 
A LOOK BACK AT 2019
• OSU posted a final record of 11-6-2 and a 3-6-2 conference record.
• As a sophomore, Bridgette Skiba recorded 69 saves on the season, which was the sixth-most in the Pac-12.
• Skiba posted all seven shutouts for the Beavers.
• Five players started every game on the season - Madison Ellsworth, Marley Salveter, Bridgette Skiba, Sydney Studer, and McKenzie Weinert.
• Studer (1768)  and Ellsworth (1756) led the team in playing minutes on the 2019 season.
• McKenzie Weinert led the Beavers with 21 points and nine goals.
• Brianna McReynolds led OSU with five assists.
• Six Beavers return after scoring at least one goal last season - Conrad (2), Fried (2), McReynolds (5), Schwartz (5), Studer (3), Weinert (9).
• 13 returning players competed in at least 13 games on the 2019 season.
 
THE ROSTER
• The Beavers have two seniors on the 2020-21 squad - Kaillen Fried and Nicole Nickerson.
• There were 13 additions to the team with the arrivals of one transfer, Melissa Symmes, and 12 freshmen - Jazy Campbell, Hailey Coll, Isobel Herrod, Amber Jackson, Gwen Jacobs, Bryana Pizarro, Aubrie Rasheed, Haley Richardson, Alyssa Romero, Valerie Tobias, Anna Wagner, Gaelle Wells.
• 14 of the returning soccer players competed in at least one game in the last season.
• OSU has 10 players that hail from Oregon - Fried (Sherwood), Weinert (Milwaukie), Gorzynski (Corvallis), Skiba (Portland), Ellsworth (Hillsboro), Brown (Happy Valley), Conrad (West Linn), Tetz (Happy Valley), Salveter (Sandy), Coll (Eugene).
• The Beavers have two teammates from outside the United States - Laura Galceran (Barcelona, Spain) and Abby Schwartz (Port Moody, British Columbia).
• Outside of Oregon, the team has 17 players that represent seven different states. California is the most represented with 11 players while Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington all hold one player's hometown.
 
ABOUT HEAD COACH MATT KAGAN
• The 2020-21 season is Matt Kagan's second year coaching at Oregon State. 
• In his first season as head coach of the Beavers, Kagan improved OSU from a 2-17 record with a 1-10 conference record in 2018 to an 11-6-2, 3-6-2 finish in 2019.
• Kagan joined Oregon State after spending two years with Mississippi State as the associate head coach. In his first season at MSU, the Bulldogs had the best program record in 16 years.
• Kagan has been a member of nine coaching staffs that have led teams to the NCAA Tournament - three of those teams have advanced to the Sweet 16.
 
UP NEXT
• After a final weekend at home, the Beavers will head up north to face Washington State (4/9) and Washington (4/11) before heading to Eugene on Apr. 16 for their final game of the regular season.
 
For more information on the Oregon State women's soccer team, visit OSUBeavers.com or follow the club on Twitter and Instagram, @BeaverWSoccer.
 
OUR MISSION
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