No. 15 Oregon State Faces Memphis in NCAA Opener
Nov. 10, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD: The No. 15 (NSCAA) Oregon State women's soccer team will face off with the Memphis Tigers to open its 2010 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament campaign this Friday stating at 3 p.m. PT at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. It is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
FOLLOW ALONG: Free video streaming for all games available at www.okstate.com. However, the video stream may not be available if there is inclement weather in Stillwater. Live stats will also be available through the Oklahoma State website.
SCOUTING MEMPHIS: Memphis defeated Central Florida 1-0 in the C-USA tournament championship game for its fourth straight conference title last weekend. Junior Lizzy Simonin was the C-USA Defender of the Year, and senior Vendula Strnadova was the C-USA Midfielder of the Year. Senior Ashley Berra leads the team with 17 points (6g, 5a) on only 34 shots this season. Goalkeeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters has started in 17 out of the 21 games for the Tigers and has only surrendered 12 goals in over 1,500 minutes played. They come in with an overall record of 15-3-3 on the season and are 8-0-3 in their last 11 games. Memphis played Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Sept. 3 and lost to the Cowgirls 2-1.
LAST TIME OUT: The Beavers fell to California in their season finale 1-0 in double-overtime. It was a scoreless draw through regulation and the first 10-minute overtime period, before California's Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick scored the golden-goal at 105:36 to give the Golden Bear's the 1-0 double overtime victory Sunday. Megan Jesolva of California took a shot on goal which was saved by Oregon State keeper Colleen Boyd but Fitzpatrick was able to collect the rebound and put it in the right side of the net.
Boyd recorded a career-high 11 saves in the game and has recorded 29 of her 69 total saves on the season in the last four games. She finishes the regular season with a goals-against average of 0.52 which is best all-time at Oregon State. She has only allowed 10 goals in 19 games this season.
THE RANKINGS: The Beavers stayed in the top-25 in every major poll this week after falling to No. 1 Stanford and California last weekend. They are ranked 15th according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, 12th by SoccerAmerica.com, 15th by SoccerTimes.com, and 25th by TopDrawerSoccer.com. The Beavers also have a national RPI of 29.
NO. 200: With its 1-0 win against Arizona State this season, the Oregon State women's soccer program eclipsed the 200 win mark all-time. The Beavers now have 15 wins in a season for the first time in program history.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Freshman standout Jenna Richardson was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year for the 2010 campaign; it is the first time someone from Oregon State has received the honor. Richardson is second on the team in points (17), goals (6) and assists (5) this season. She has compiled 46 total shots on the season and is responsible for three game-winning goals, also second on the team. She ranks in the top-10 in the Pac-10 this season in shots per game (2.71), points, points per game (1.00), assists and assists per game (0.29). Her 17 points so far this season places her tied for third all-time at Oregon State by a freshman. Richardson was also named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.
PAC-10 ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: Four Oregon State players were selected to Pac-10 All-Conference teams which is the most by Oregon State in a single-season. Goalkeeper Coleen Boyd was selected to the Pac-10 All-Conference First Team. It is her first selection. Forwards Chelsea Buckland and Jenna Richardson along with midfielder Courtney Wetzel were selected to the Pac-10 All-Conference Second team. It is Richardson and Wetzel's first selection while Buckland was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2009.
WEEKLY PAC-10 HONORS: Keeper Colleen Boyd was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 11-17. She recorded two shutouts against ranked opponents USC and UCLA while recording six saves. It is her first time winning the award and the eighth time for Oregon State.
Freshman Jenna Richardson was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 18-24 following her two game-winning goals against Washington State and Washington last weekend. It is the first time in program history that the Beavers have had two Pac-10 Players of the Week winners in the same season.
NATIONAL HONORS: Junior defender Brittany Galindo was named CollegeSoccer360.com's Primetime Performer of the week for the week of Oct. 11-17. Galindo and the backline defense for the Beavers only allowed six total shots on goal this past weekend. Junior keeper Boyd was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week for the same week. Galindo was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week for the week of Oct. 18-24. Defender Milan Cabrera was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week for the week of Oct. 25-31.
ALL WE NEED IS ONE: Everybody knows if a team does not score a goal, that team is not going to win. However, a goal does not necessarily mean victory will be secured. This season, however, that does not seem to be the case with the Oregon State women's soccer team. Incredibly, Oregon State carries an unblemished mark of 15-0-1 when the Beavers score a goal. In Oregon State's lone loss this season, the Beavers were shut out by the opposition. Going back to 2009, the Beavers are 28-0-2 when scoring at least one goal.
PAC-10 PLAY: The Beavers recorded the most Pac-10 Conference wins in a single-season this year when they finished 7-2. They finished second overall in the conference which is the highest an Oregon State team has finished since 1994.
MAKING HISTORY: Oregon State did something it has never done before: sweep the Los Angeles schools in a single season. The Beavers came into the season with an all-time record of 3-13-1 against USC and 2-13-0 against UCLA. The Beavers are now 3-1 against the two teams over the past two seasons with their only loss coming against UCLA in Los Angeles last season.
EVERYDAY CHAMPION BOYD: Junior goalkeeper Colleen Boyd was selected to be an Oregon State Everyday Champion for the week of Oct. 11 for her excellence both on the pitch and in the classroom. The La Cañada, Calif. native is majoring in education with an Oregon State cumulative GPA of 3.58. On the pitch, she is hitting the books, the record books. This season Boyd set, and then reset, the Oregon State record for consecutive scoreless minutes. Her current record stands at 580 min, and 8 sec. She has posted a school-record 13 shutouts to this point in the season.
INTO THE RECORD BOOK: Making an impact on the record book as well this year is junior forward Melinda Ingalls who scored a goal in four consecutive matches this season which puts her tied for third on the all-time list at Oregon State. Ingalls is currently tied for second on the squad with six goals this season.
PRESEASON COACHES' POLL: Following the best season in school history that saw the Beavers reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-10 coaches picked them to finish fifth in the preseason poll. Oregon State finished tied for sixth in conference play in 2009 before making their tournament run.
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