OSU Women's Soccer Set for Home Opener Friday

Photo By: Karl Maasdam/Oregon State Athletics   08-26-2014

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The Kick Off: Oregon State will make its 2014 home debut this weekend, as the Beavers host Loyola Marymount and St. Mary’s. OSU will face the Lions at 5 p.m. on Friday, before taking on the Gaels at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday

Follow Along: Sunday’s game will be Oregon State’s first televised match of the 2014 campaign. Ann Shatz and Kyndra de St. Aubin will have the call. 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 2-1-0 all-time against Loyola Marymount, including a win in Corvallis. The teams last met in 2009, when the Beavers scored two goals in 1 minute, 11 seconds to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit and beat the Lions 2-1 in Eugene. Melinda Ingalls scored in the 72nd minute to tie the game, before Ashley Seal found the net in the 73rd minute to lift OSU to victory.

The Beavers have never defeated the Gaels in three attempts, holding a 0-3-0 record against St. Mary’s. The teams’ last matchup was a 1-0 overtime victory for the Gaels in 2000.

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 29 consecutive matches for the Beavers,  in a streak that began against Colorado on Oct. 13, 2012. She has played in 41 of the 42 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.  

Baker’s Field: Sophomore Kathryn Baker has started all 22 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.

Let’s Go Geist: Freshman goalkeeper Bella Geist made as splash in her Beaver debut, making 11 saves in Oregon State’s matchup with North Texas on Sunday. That total is the highest by an Oregon State goalkeeper in a nonconference match since Aug. 30, 2012, and places her second in the Pac-12 Conference in that category, despite making just one appearance. The 6-foot freshman helped the Beavers hold the Mean Green scoreless for the opening 87 minutes of Sunday’s contest.

Step in Santarossa: Sophomore Sabrina Santarossa aims to take on a bigger role in the Beaver midfield this season. With six shots in OSU’s game against North Texas on Sunday, Santarossa is already poised to surpass her total of nine shots last season. She has started both of the Beavers’ 2014 matches, after making 15 appearances in 2013, including three starts.

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 Oregon State’s first two games.

Wreaking Haavik: Sophomore Helene Haavik can expect 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.

Say Hello...: A number of new Beavers got a chance to make their first appearance in the Orange and Black last week, as 11 players made their Oregon State debut in the first two games of the campaign.

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.

Time Your Run: Oregon State and Washington are the only two teams in the Pac-12 without an offside violation this season, and the Beavers are the only team in the conference to still have zero through two games of play.

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 66-48-12 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 will make 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).

Scouting the Opponents: Loyola Marymount has started the season with a pair of victories, scoring three unanswered goals to defeat New Mexico State 3-1 before shutting out Cleveland State 2-0. This week will mark the Lions’ first road games of 2014, as the squad makes its way north for matchups with Oregon State and Oregon. Callie Taylor earned WCC Player of the Week honors after scoring two goals last week. Sophia Leksan has played all 180 minutes for the Lions this year, allowing one goal.

St. Mary’s has also gotten off to a strong start this season, outscoring its opponents 6-0 in the first two games of the campaign. The Gaels opened the year with a 2-0 win over Albany, before proceeding to defeat Saint Joseph’s 4-0. Vicki Shimkus leads the way with one goal and three assists, while Julia McDonald is 2-0 with two shutouts in goal. Six different Gaels have found the net this season.