OSU to Send Off Nine Veterans in Civil War Game
Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State women’s soccer team will say goodbye to nine veterans on Thursday, Senior Day, as they host in-state rival Oregon for the annual Civil War.
The Beavers and the Ducks last went head to head in 2012, Oregon claiming a 2-0 victory at home. As the last game of the regular-season, Oregon State will be looking to end the year strong and collect a victory over the Ducks.
Before the match, Oregon State will be honoring their nine veterans, thanking them for their hard work and devotion to the program.
Audrey Bernier-Larose (Sr.) GK – Gatineau, Quebec
Audrey transferred from Saint Leo University in Florida to Oregon State her sophomore year and has been an asset for the Beavers in the net. She has played in a total of 12 matches and started eight. In her time on the field, Audrey has made 37 saves, and collected six wins and four shutouts. In 2012, Audrey was named Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention for her performance in the classroom.
“Audrey has been an outstanding team player since her arrival and when called upon, has made outstanding saves for Oregon State during her time at OSU,” said Head Coach Linus Rhode.
Chelsea Buckland (Sr.) F – Vancouver, B.C.
Chelsea is a six-year senior and has made great contributions to Oregon State’s women’s soccer program. In her four years on the pitch, she has played in a total of 67 games and started 41. Chelsea has scored a career 30 goals, collected 9 assists, and taken a total of 195 shots. She was named to the Pac-10 All-Newcomer Team in 2009, the NSCAA All-Pacific Region Third Team and All-Pac-10 Second Team in 2010, and NSCAA All-Pacific Region First Team and Pac-12 All-Conference First Team in 2011. Her junior year she was also named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Top Drawer Soccer’s Women’s College Team of the Week twice. This year, Chelsea notched two goals for the Beavs before suffering her second ACL tear, cutting her final year here at Oregon State short.
“When playing, Chelsea has been a force for the Beavers up top in countless games,” Rhode said. “She has shown a tremendous amount of passion for Beaver Nation that has been infectious to all her teammates and peers.”
Brandi Dawson (Sr.) F – Gaston, Ore.
Brandi has been a crucial member of the Oregon State women’s soccer team for the past four years, bringing speed and fearlessness to the game. She has played in a total of 54 games and started 18. Brandi has collected five assists and scored five goals in her time on the field, including a game-winner this year against Texas. In 2012, Brandi was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team and Capital One’s Academic All-District First Team. This year, Brandi has been named to Capital One’s Academic All-District First Team for the second straight year and honored as Oregon State women’s soccer’s Everyday Champion.
“As an attacking player, Brandi has a lot of flare and has always been a threat for the Beavs, particularly in the air,” Rhode said. “She is our Everyday Champion and has represented Oregon State phenomenally.”
Jacy Drobney (Sr.) MF – Longmont, Colo.
Jacy has been a two-year captain for the Beavers and has seen significant minutes since she was a freshman. She has played in a total of 79 games and started 72, playing 6,346 minutes throughout her career. Jacy has scored five goals during her four years, including a game-winner this year against California. She adds a career six assists and 69 shots to her resume. Jacy was selected as a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention in 2011 and 2012. Last year, she was also voted the team’s Most Consistent Player.
“Jacy is our captain she always worked hard on and off the field to help our team be successful,” Rhode said. “She has been a great leader by example and given her all to the program in every aspect.”
Marissa Kovac (RSJr.) D – Corvallis, Ore.
Marissa has been an integral part of Oregon State’s back line and has seen significant minutes throughout her career. She has played in a total of 50 games and has started 22. Marissa scored one goal as a defender, the game-winner against Cal State Fullerton in 2012. She was named a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention in 2011 and 2012 for her performance in the classroom. Last year, she was voted the team’s “Most Improved Player.”
“Marissa came to Oregon State as an attacking player and transformed into an outside back that has generated a lot of offense for the Beavs,” Rhode said.
Brittney Oljar (RSJr.) MF – Camas, Wash.
Brittney has been a key player for the Beavers as both a midfielder and defender. She has played in a total of 58 games and has started 34. Brittney has scored four goals, including a game-winner against Washington in 2011, and has collected five assists throughout her career. She was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team in 2011 and the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team in 2012 for her performance in the classroom.
“Oljar is an absolute warrior and has given her all for the orange and black,” Rhode said. “In the midfield she has been is a fierce competitor and has never given up.”
Jenna Richardson (Sr.) F – Surrey, B.C.
Jenna has been a goal-scorer for the Beavers since her freshman year. She has played in a total of 72 games and has started 59. In her four years on the pitch, Jenna has scored 28 goals, four of which have come this season. She has also collected eight assists and tallied 198 shots. In 2010, Jenna was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Soccer America’s Freshman All-America First Team, and given Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. In 2011, she was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team, NSCAA All-Pacific Second Team, Pac-12 All-Academic First Team, Capital One’s Academic All-District First Team, and given Top Drawer Soccer’s Women’s College Team of the Week honors. In 2012, Jenna was given a No. 16 national ranking by Top Drawer Soccer, named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team, NSCAA All-Pacific Second Team, Pac-12 All-Academic First Team, and given Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.
“Jenna has done a wonderful job in representing Oregon State over the last four years,” Rhode said. “She has scored goals in crucial games for the Beavs and has also fought extremely hard for her teammates.”
Haley Shaw (Sr.) MF – Auburn, Wash.
Haley has been an asset for Oregon State both in the midfield and up front. She has played in a total of 65 games and has started 30. Haley has scored five goals, including a game-winner against Butler in 2011. She adds six assists and 43 shots to her resume. In 2011, she recorded a team-high five assists, ranking her fifth within the conference. Haley was also named a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention in 2011 and 2012.
“Haley has embraced her changing roles during her time at Oregon State and has always given her very best,” Rhode said. “This season she has been outstanding in the midfield both offensively and defensively.”
Erin Uchacz (Sr.) MF – Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Erin has had a breakout season in 2013, scoring three goals and collecting two assists. Two of her goals this season have been game-winners, ranking her within Pac-12 Conference play. As a powerhouse in the midfield, Erin is dominant in the air. Throughout her four years, she has played in a total of 73 games and has started 33. Erin has scored eight goals, collected three assists, and tallied 69 shots during her career. She was also named a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention in 2011 and 2012.
“Erin has developed tremendously over her time at Oregon State and is playing outstanding soccer,” Rhode said. “It has been great to watch her this season executing some crucial plays.”
Thursday’s kick off is set for 1 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Senior Day celebrations will begin at 12:40, so be sure to get there early to honor Oregon State’s nine veterans.
The Civil War Series presented by Pacific Source Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Wells Fargo Bank, and Your Local Ford Stores.