No. 13 Beavers Takes on No. 1 Stanford in Nationally Televised Game of the Week
Nov. 2, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's soccer team will be playing in the de facto Pacific-10 Championship match this Friday when they play No. 1 Stanford on the road at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif. The match is the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Game of the Week and will be televised live nationally on Fox Soccer Net and regionally on FSN Northwest starting at 8 p.m. PT.
"The game on Friday is massive," Oregon State head coach Linus Rhode said Tuesday in a press conference. "It's for the Pac-10 Championship. It's the first time we've ever been in that type of situation as a program. Stanford is the No. 1 team, they haven't lost a game this year, so it should be a great environment to go down there and play and get a result."
Oregon State comes into the matchup this Friday ranked at No. 15 according to the NSCAA. The Beavers are also ranked No. 7 according to SoccerAmerica.com and No. 6 according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. Stanford is the unanimous No. 1.
The Beavers have played to a program best 15-1-1 mark on the season and are a perfect 7-0-0 in Pac-10 Conference play this season which is also a program best. They are currently riding a 10 game winning streak in to match Friday.
The Beavers will be playing in the de facto Pac-10 Championship match for the first time in program history Friday night. Oregon State's best finish was in conference play was in 1994 when it finished second in the conference with a final record of 13-5-0 and 3-1 in conference.
"I think that tactically, it's going to be a tight game," Rhode said. "Defensively, we're going to have to be on it. They have some very talented individuals on their offense. Our defense has been very strong this year."
Oregon State is having one if its best seasons on record defensively only allowing seven goals through 17 games so far this season. Junior goalkeeper Colleen Boyd has racked up 13 shutouts this season with the help of a very strong and experience back line in Ashley Seal, Ashley Folsom, Milan Cabrera and Brittany Galindo. Boyd has a goals against average of 0.41 and has recorded 55 saves.
The match is the final NSCAA College Game of the Week and will be televised live nationally on Fox Soccer Net and regionally on FSN Northwest starting at 8 p.m. PT. with Mark Rogondino providing the play-by-play with Kyndra de St. Aubin as the color commentator.
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