Beavers to Say Goodbye to Four Seniors Sunday

Photo By: Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics   11-14-2013

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LOOKING AHEAD: The Oregon State men’s soccer team (7-9-2, 0-7-2 Pac-12) will close out its regular season Sunday, when it takes on No. 3/3 Washington at 11 a.m. at Paul Lorenz Field. The Beavers will say goodbye to seniors Borce Atanasov, Josh Smith, Alex Eckerson and Daniel Van Vleet, as they play their final game at Lorenz Field.

FOLLOW ALONG: Live stats for the game will be available at You can also follow @OSUBeavers_MSOC and @CoachSimmo on twitter for updates on Oregon State men’s soccer. The contest will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.

SCOUTING WASHINGTON: The Huskies currently hold a 13-1-4 record on the season, including a 6-1-2 mark in Pac-12 Conference play. Washington is led by Darwin Jones and Cristian Roldan, who have posted matching stat-lines of 16 points on six goals and four assists. Michael Harris sits behind them with 13 points on two goals and nine assists this season. Goalkeeper Ryan Herman has allowed 13 goals in 17 appearances this season, and has posted six shutouts.  The Beavers will look to play spoiler Sunday, as a Washington victory could clinch a Pac-12 Championship for the Huskies.

TRACKING THE RIVALRY: Oregon State is 11-27-2 all-time against its only conference rival from the Pacific Northwest, including a mark of 6-11-2 in games played in Corvallis. Oregon State’s last win over the Huskies came at Paul Lorenz Field in 2011, when the Beavers edged Washington 2-1 on goals from Emery Welshman and Mike Reckmeyer.

SENIOR SEND-OFF: Oregon State says goodbye to four seniors on Sunday, as the Beavers celebrate their Senior Day. Josh Smith has started 30 games over the course of his career, including 17 this season at fullback. The Federal Way, Wash., native recorded the first two goals of his career this season, with both of them being game-winners. Alex Eckerson has started every game this season across the field from Smith at the opposite fullback position. Eckerson has tallied 56 starts over the course of his four-year career, recording 18 points on seven goals and four assists. Daniel Van Vleet has scored the first three goals of his collegiate career this season, including a two-goal performance at Oakland on Sept. 8.  Borce Atanasov leads Oregon State with four assists this season, his only campaign as a member of the Orange and Black, after transferring from Clark College.

MAGIC MATT: Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Bersano is moving up the Oregon State record-books with a solid 2013 campaign. The Tempe, Ariz., native, has recorded 95 saves on the year, tying him with Bryan Hill for the third-most saves by an Oregon State goalkeeper in a single season. Bersano needs five saves in Sunday’s match to match Peter Billmeyer’s single-season record of 100, which was set in 2002. Bersano is already fifth on Oregon State’s all-time career saves list with 174.

KEEPING IT FRESH: The Oregon State freshman class has made its presence felt this season. Devonte Small has started 17 matches so far, tallying two assists to go along with 18 shots. Classmate Ole Sandnes recorded three points on one goal and one assist in his collegiate debut, and has tallied two more goals since to bring his season total to  seven points. Matt Arbogast has one goal and one assist in 12 appearances this season, while Michael Steele has one goal in 12 appearances. Brendan Woodfull has one assist in 11 appearances.