Oct. 18, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash - The Oregon schools will travel to Pullman this weekend to take on Washington State, where the Cougars are 4-0 this season.
Both the Beavers (7-6-1, 0-3) and the Cougars (6-7, 0-3) will be looking for their first win in conference play. Oregon (5-8, 1-2) defeated Oregon State 4-0 on Saturday for its first Pac-10 victory of the season.
The Ducks, who play WSU on Friday at 2 p.m., are led offensively by Chalise Baysa and Erin Anderson. Baysa, who scored a hat trick against Auburn earlier this season, leads the team with seven goals and 15 total points. Anderson ranks second in goals with four and first in assists with three, giving her a total of 11 points.
"Oregon is going to be tough," said head coach Dan Tobias. "They use full pressure for all 90 minutes. They try to put you under duress."
Oregon State, who boasts a young lineup with 13 sophomores and freshman on its 23-player roster, faces Washington State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
"Oregon State is definitely a program that is similar to ours," Tobias said. "(Head coach) Steve Fenneh felt like they had a good recruiting class. They already have more wins than they did all of last year.
The Beaver attack is led by freshman midfielder Katie Henderson and sophomore forward BreeAnna Jolin, who have scored six goals each. Jolin scored both goals in Oregon State's 2-0 upset of 16th-ranked Virginia. Dante Lipfert (three goals), who scored the team's only goal in a 1-1 tie against previously-ranked Wisconsin, also helps the balanced Oregon State attack.
"They are no easy wins in the Pac-10 and we go in with the utmost respect for both of these teams," Tobias said.
Tobias hopes his team will turn things around after a slow start in conference play.
"Last year we started off hot in the Pac-10 and this year is the opposite," Tobias said. "The good thing is we still have a chance to make some noise in the Pac-10."