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Beavers Headed to UCSB For First Road Contest of 2022

Sep 6, 2022

THE GAME: The Oregon State men's soccer team will hit the road for the first time this season, when it heads to California to take on UC Santa Barbara.

FOLLOW ALONG: Friday's match will have a live stream available via ESPN+. Live stats for the match will be available at OSUBeavers.com, and all matches can be followed on Twitter @BeaverMSoccer.

UP NEXT: The Beavers will return home next week to take on Seattle U on Sept. 15.

Quick Hitters:
- The Beavers are coming off the best season in program history, as they went 14-2-4, won the Pac-12 and entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.
- Oregon State made the final eight of the NCAA Tournament last season, its deepest run in program history
- The Beavers have made the NCAA Tournament six times in program history, with three of those appearances coming in Terry Boss' four years as head coach
- Boss has the best winning percentage of any coach in program history at .658
- Oregon State posted six clean sheets last season, a program record
- The Beavers welcome 19 newcomers to this year's squad
- Oregon State has representatives of 10 different countries on its roster: USA, Spain, France, Argentina, Chile, Ethiopia, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Senegal
- The Beavers welcome in three new assistant coaches this season in Abel Wasswa, Sergi Nus and Alex Rangel
- Joran Gerbet, Gael Gibert and Adrian Molina Diaz all return to the Oregon State squad after earning All-Pac-12 recognition last season.
- Molina-Diaz scored six goals and had three assists last season, despite playing only 12 matches due to injury
- Mouhameth Thiam led the Beavers with five game-winning goals last season, despite starting just nine of Oregon State's 20 matches
- The Beavers are 32-7-7 at home during Boss' tenure
- The Beavers are fifth in the nation for corner kicks per game, averaging nearly 10 per contest
- OSU has not lost in its last six Pac-12 home matches
- Joran Gerbet earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors last season, joining Joe Zaher, Robbie Findley, Danny Mwanga, Timmy Mueller and Sofiane Djeffal as Beavers to earn the honor (Findley, - Mwanga, Mueller and Djeffal were all MLS Draft selections following their Beavers careers)
- Nicklas Lund led all Oregon State field players with 1,870 minutes played last season, starting all 20 matches on the OSU back line.
- Gael Gibert, Javier Armas and Lund are the only three Beavers to play every minute in the first two matches.
- Luis Castillo is second in the Pac-12 in goals against average

The Matchup:
- Oregon State is 2-1-2 all-time vs. UC Santa Barbara, with their last meeting being a 1-1 draw in Corvallis last season. The Beavers took the lead within the first five minutes of that contest, before the - Gauchos leveled the score in the 75th minute.
- Friday's contest will mark the Beavers' second contest against Big West competition this season, as Oregon State topped UC Davis 2-1 in its season opener.
- This match will be the first of five Oregon State games to be played in the state of California. The Beavers will also head to the Golden State for a quartet of conference matchups against California, Stanford, UCLA and San Diego State