The Daily Barometer
Monday, September 19th, 2011
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In this issue:
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Page 2: Fantasy football, OSU style Page 3: New Mannion on campus Page 4: The football story so far, in photos Page 5: Women’s soccer Page 6: Volleyball Page 7: Men’s soccer Page 7: Our predictions for the Beaver sports year
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ootball Beaver fantasy rules
We here at the Barometer invented our own fantasy football league. The catch? You’re only allowed to draft Oregon State University players. Past and present. The rules: • Four owners (sports editor Grady Garrett, staff writers Alex Crawford, James Leathers and Warner Strausbaugh) • Seven player rosters (1 RB, 2 WR’s/TE’s, 1 offensive flex [includes QB and K], 1 DL, 1 LB, 1 DB)
• Required to draft at least two current Beavers and two former Beavers now in the NFL. • We will simply do a running point total for each team. Updated standings will appear in the Barometer every Tuesday. The team with the most points at the end of the term will be crowned our inaugural champion. •Keep in mind, this was done light-heartedly.
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him down temporarily, but feel that of all the RBs left on it definitely won’t stop him the board, Jenkins gives me from being the offensive cen- by far the most opportunity ound terpiece of my team in the to rack up some points. 1. James Leathers - Malcolm long run. 8. JL - Jordan Bishop (WR, Agnew (RB, OSU) OSU) Leathers: I selected Agnew Leathers: Bishop is an NFLound first because of his breakout sized receiver at 6-foot-3, 205 5. AC - Nick Barnett (LB, pounds. Although he’s not a performance of 233 rushing yards against Sacramento Buf.) burner, he makes up for it with State University. His monCrawford: Barnett is part his vertical leap that he showstrous 6.8 yards per carry on of a low-key but impressive cased in a 10th-place finish 33 carries demonstrate both linebacker core that is one in the men’s highjump in the workhorse potential and of the reasons why the Bills 2010 NCAA Championships. explosive ability. blew out the Chiefs week one. He’s a dangerous weapon out 2. Warner Strausbaugh - Although he missed almost of the slot. all of last season with a pecSean Mannion (QB, OSU) Strausbaugh: I’m not tak- toral injury, he has finished ound ing Mannion because he’s with triple-digit tackles in six of his eight pro seasons. I’m 9. JL - Sabby Piscitelli (DB, the best player available, but simply because he’s the only in this Beaver fantasy league KC) Leathers: Piscitelli is a quarterback who will play out to win it and the key to that of our choices. QBs put up is consistency; Nick Barnett four-year veteran defensive back with more experience the biggest numbers, and I provides that. feel that having Mannion in 6. GG - James Rodgers (WR, and success than any other DBs on the board. At 6-footmy utility spot will be a big OSU) advantage over other teams. Garrett: I was hoping he’d 3, 225 pounds, he is a physi3. Grady Garrett - Markus fall to me. I understand the cal specimen that blends an Wheaton (WR, OSU) risk, but I think he’ll play as ideal balance of run support Garrett: Oregon State soon as this week. I wouldn’t and pass coverage. 10. WS - Brandon Browner University has a rich history be surprised if Rodgers leads in terms of productive wide this league in scoring by the (DB, Sea.) Strausbaugh: I need to add receivers: James Newson, end of the year. If Rodgers Mike Hass and Sammie decides to sit out this sea- both a defensive player and Stroughter, just to name a son and apply for a sixth year an NFL player to my roster, so few. At this point in his career, (there were whispers of that I’ll go with Browner. The forWheaton is further along last week), he damn well bet- mer Beaver is having a career than any of those three were. ter refund my entry fee. Just turnaround after playing in the CFL, and will probably I expect this future NFLer to kidding, kind of. be an All-Pac-12 player these 7. WS - Jordan Jenkins (RB, make a solid impact in Seattle. I also like Browner for my DB next two seasons. OSU) 4. Alex Crawford - Steven Strausbaugh: This may be spot, as I wouldn’t trust too Jackson (RB, Stl.) a little too soon, but because many of OSU’s DBs to help Crawford: After starting of position scarcity I’m taking the team out statistically. 11. GG - Chad Ochocinco his season with a 47-yard TD Jenkins. Agnew and Jackson run, Jackson went down with are off the board, and it looks (WR, NE) a hamstring injury and his like Jenkins will be getting Garrett: It’s funny how two fantasy stock crashed like a the most carries while Agnew NFL DBs have been drafted recent Nicholas Cage movie. is sidelined with his ham- while the entire OSU secondA healthy Jackson would have string injury. Not to mention, ary remains on the board. I’ll been one of the first two picks even in the Sacramento State stop there. Anyway, I took the of this draft and this is a clas- game, Jenkins was the third- biggest name in this draft. It’s sic example of low risk, high down back because of his debatable whether Ochocinco reward. This injury may slow solid pass-catching skills. I should even count as a former
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Beaver Style Scoring
• Offense Passing 1 point every 25 yards, 4 points every TD, -2 for interception Rushing/receiving 1 point every 10 yards, 6 points every TD, -2 for lost fumble • Defense Solo tackles: 1 pt. Assisted tackles: .5 pt Sacks: 4 pts
Beaver , but whatever. Can I get extra points for every MLS practice Chad participated in and every second he lasted on a bull during the lockout? 12. AC - Jordan Poyer (DB, OSU) Crawford: Picking a DB in this draft is like trying to eat healthy at McDonalds; your best option available is never going to be that good. I’m not going to sugarcoat anything, Oregon State’s pass defense has not been great. That being said, I think it will improve as the younger players develop. None of the DBs stood out to me so I picked the one that I thought had the most upside. Poyer is an exceptional athlete and I expect at least two pick-sixes from him this season.
Round 4: 13. AC - Trevor Romaine (K, OSU) Crawford: Romaine is going to be one of the most consistent scorers out of all the Beavers taken in this draft. I was surprised that he wasn’t taken sooner. Despite his jaw-dropping miss against Sacramento State, I think he will have a very solid year. Like I said before, consistent points are going to be the key to winning this unique fantasy league and while Romaine doesn’t have tremendous upside, he will be a reliable scorer week in and week out. 14. GG - Jacquizz Rodgers (RB, Atl.) Garrett: He rushed twice for zero yards in his seasonopener, and if it wasn’t for the fact that Oregon State is ... well ... struggling, that line would lead me to say something to the effect of “WHY
TFL: 3 pts Interceptions: 6 pts Passes defended: 1 pt Forced fumbles: 4 pts Fumble recovery: 2 pts Touchdown: 6 pts • Kicking Extra point: 1 pt. Field goal: 3 pts.
do you leave college — where you’re an All-American — early to play in the NFL, where you receive two carries a game?!?!” But Quizz will find his niche in the NFL (he did have 33 yards receiving in week one), and I can count on him to consistently produce a couple of points week in and week out, something I can’t say about the other remaining RBs (Terron Ward and Jovan Stevenson). 15. WS - Dwan Edwards (DL, Buf.) Strausbaugh: He’s a starter on an NFL team, I needed to fulfill my two NFL players requirement, and I felt that Edwards would give me the biggest bang for my buck out of the remaining former Beavers in the NFL. 16. JL - Brandin Cooks (WR, OSU) Leathers: Cooks role will somewhat diminish once Rodgers returns (if he returns), but the freshman was electrifying in camp and should blossom into a potent flysweep/catch-and-run threat for the Beavers this year.
Round 5: 17. JL - Victor Butler (LB, Dal.) 18. WS - Joe Halahuni (TE, OSU) 19. GG - Lance Mitchell (DB, OSU) 20. AC - Sammie Stroughter (WR, TB)
Round 6: 21. AC - Kevin Frahm (DL, OSU) 22. GG - Michael Doctor (LB, OSU) 23. WS - Feti Unga (LB, OSU) 24. JL - Scott Crichton (DL,
Round 7 25. JL - Darrell Catchings (WR, OSU) 26. GG - Taylor Henry (DL, OSU) 27. WS - Connor Hamlett (TE, OSU) 28. AC - Obum Gwachum (WR, OSU)
Final rosters James Leathers RB: Malcolm Agnew WR: Jordan Bishop WR: Brandin Cooks Flex: Darrell Catchings DL: Scott Crichton LB: Victor Butler DB: Sabby Piscitelli Warner Strausbaugh RB: Jordan Jenkins WR: Joe Halahuni WR: Connor Hamlett Flex: Sean Mannion DL: Dwan Edwards LB: Feti Unga DB: Brandon Browner Grady Garrett RB: Jacquizz Rodgers WR: Brandin Cooks WR: James Rodgers Flex: Chad Ochocinco DL: Taylor Henry LB: Michael Doctor DB: Lance Mitchell Alex Crawford RB: Steven Jackson WR: Sammie Stroughter WR: Obum Gwachum Flex: Trevor Romaine DL: Kevin Frahm LB: Nick Barnett DB: Jordan Poyer
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It’s not the first time Sean Mannion has been in a situation like this. He began his sophomore campaign at Foothill High School on junior varsity, but when several quarterbacks ahead of him on the varsity depth chart went down with injuries, Mannion was thrust into the spotlight. “I started the first [varsity] game of the year,” Mannion said. That time, it ended up turning out pretty well. The 6-foot-5, 218-pounder went on to become Foothill’s all-time leading passer. He once threw for 581 yards in a game, and came to Oregon State University as the 14th-rated prostyle quarterback nationally by Rivals.com. Once again, Mannion, from Pleasanton, Calif., has been thrust into a starting position, this time replacing incumbent starting quarterback Ryan Katz for this Saturday’s home game versus University of California, Los Angeles. Three weeks ago, no one could have seen it coming. “I can’t say that I would have predicted making a change in the starter,” head coach Mike Riley said. “I could foresee great competition. I saw it in the spring and then it was confirmed in fall camp.” Mannion made his presence known throughout the year with strong showings in spring and fall practices. Riley said after the Sacramento State game the original plan was to give Mannion some work, but after he took over for Katz with the Beavers trailing 14-3 at halftime, he never surrendered the job. Katz started the Wisconsin game, but played sparingly, throwing only three passes. Mannion finished with 38 attempts, completing 25 for 244 yards. Mannion was officially named starter by Riley last Tuesday. No one was more shocked and disappointed than Katz, who started every game for the Beavers last year and had a few stellar performances — in particular, a 393-yard effort in a 29-27 win at No. 9 Arizona. “It’s a tough situation,” Katz said. “I’ve been the guy for the last year. We made a change but I’m going to get back to basics. I’m going to come out here and work hard like I always do, continue to prepare and get better.” Katz was asked if he was given enough of a
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chance to prove himself. “I played one half of football against Sac State,” he said. “I had a turnover in the red zone.” Later, he added: “Like I said, I got a half to play against Sac State. It is what it is. It’s coach’s decision.” The always reserved Mannion still didn’t show much emotion when asked about officially being named starter. “Excited, but at the same time, the team is really focused on getting ready for UCLA,” he said. The change came as a surprise to several, but players aren’t picking any sides. “It’s always good to know who’s going to be playing,” junior wide receiver Markus Wheaton said. “I know the coaches didn’t really like switching [Mannion and Katz] back and forth, but now that we know who the guy is, it’s always a good thing.” James Rodgers, who is still recovering from his two knee surgeries, has watched the quarterback change from the sideline. “I don’t really think about it because we make changes all the time, and that’s something we’ve got to go with and we know that as a team,” Rodgers said. For the older players who played with Katz last year, they now have to build up a rapport with Mannion, with whom they have little ingame experience. “I don’t feel like it’s starting over,” Wheaton said. “But obviously me and Sean don’t have the chemistry that me and Ryan had.” Riley insists the switch had little to do with Katz regressing, but more so was about Mannion earning the spot through his own improvements. “The thing that started emerging with [Mannion] in spring practice, and then through to fall camp, is the fact that he made really good decisions, decisively got the ball out of his hands, and was very accurate,” Riley said. Even though the situation could be awkward between the two quarterbacks, there is no bad blood between Katz and Mannion. “He’s a great guy,” Mannion said. “He’s a good friend, and he’s been very good to me ever since I got here.” Katz echoed Mannion’s sentiments: Taylor Hand | THE DAILY BAROMETER “Sean’s a good dude. He’s coming out here working hard. I support him; we all support Sean Mannion was third on the depth chart entering Fall Camp, but last week he was officially named starter, replacing him, all the guys on the team do. We’re just last year’s No. 1, junior Ryan Katz. looking to get a win against UCLA.”
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Awaiting No. 1’s return
Offensive line uncertainties
Looking for some hope? James Rodgers may provide just that. The team’s emotional leader — and most dangerous weapon — could return as early as this week. Joe Halahuni (shoulder) is expected to make his season-debut Saturday. Kevin Frahm played, and played well, against Wisconsin after missing the Sacramento State game. As Riley predicted, the “cavalry” is starting to return. Beaver fans can only hope that “cavalry” includes Rodgers.
The unit struggled to protect Katz in the first half of the Sacramento State game and created very little running room in Madison. Starting guard Josh Andrews (knee) is out for an extended period of time and returning starter Michael Phillip (knee) was forced to redshirt. At one time in the Wisconsin game, four of the five offensive linemen in the game were, at least at one point, walk-ons.
Running back question? Answered, we think
The Brandin Hardin-less secondary is off to a slow start. They had all sorts of trouble containing Sacramento State’s receivers Looking for a bright spot? Look no further than Malcolm and didn’t fare well at Wisconsin, when quarterback Russell Wilson completed 81 percent of his passes and threw for three Agnew. The true freshman ran for 223 yards (191 after halftime) in the season-opener. It was the ninth highest single-game touchdowns. total in Oregon State history. Agnew (hamstring) missed the Wisconsin game, but is expected to play Saturday.
Who’s under center?
Quarterback controversies are never good and two-quarterback systems rarely pan out. The Beavers ditched the two-quarterback system after one week, and squashed the controversy when Mike Riley named Sean Mannion the starter last week. Agree or not, at least it’ll give the team some consistency and put an end to that distraction.
This 69-yard completion to Markus Wheaton stands as the lone big play through the air so far this year. The talented receiving corps has battled, and played well, but any notion that they’d simply be able to run around opposing secondaries has been put to rest — for now, at least.
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After history-making season, women’s soccer primed to do even better Look who’s back The Beavers return 10 of last year’s 11 starters
OSU has its sights set on yet another historymaking season By Caitie Karcher The Daily B aromeTer
Colleen Boyd senior goalkeeper 010 all-Pac-10 first Team 50 career starts (prior to ‘11)
Chelsea Buckland Junior forward 010 all-Pac-10 second Team Team-high 10 goals in ‘10
Jenna richardson sophomore forward 010 Pac-10 freshman of the year
Brittany galindo senior defender 63 career starts (prior to ‘11)
A few years ago, not many could have expected the Oregon State University women’s soccer team to contend for a conference title. When Linus Rhode was anointed head coach in 2008, he inherited a program amid a 15-year postseason drought; a program that placed sixth or lower in the Pac-10 each year since 1995. The turnaround began in 2009, when Oregon State caught fire in the NCAA Tournament after doing just enough to earn an invite, eventually falling to Notre Dame in the Sweet 16. Last year, the Beavers went 16-4-1 (7-2 Pac-10), their best record to date. So, with 10 starters back from last year’s Pac-10 runnerup, what’s in store this year? “Our goal this year is to make it to the Final Four and hopefully come back with a championship ring,” senior goalie Colleen Boyd said. Boyd, a 2010 All-Pac-10 First Team selection, is one of five senior starters on the team. “We have been together since the beginning; we’ve seen the program grow from being pretty worthless to what it is now,” Boyd said. “Oregon State didn’t have a history of doing particularly well,” added senior Brittany Galindo. “We got sick of losing and sick of the reputation.” Rhode said the players deserve all the credit for tossing that reputation. “The girls have really made a large difference in this program,” Rhode said. “They have worked hard to get where they are now, and they have a lot of drive to continue to go further.” While three postseason wins in two years is certainly an accomplishment (they were ousted by Oklahoma City in the second round last year), the girls are hungry for more. And on paper, they appear capable of more. They return all but one starter, 2010 All-Pac-10 Second Teamer Courtney Wetzel. Junior Chelsea Buckland and sophomore Jenna Richardson — 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year — are back after leading the team in scoring last year with 10 and nine goals, respectively. Buckland, who had a hat trick in Friday night’s 7-0 over Florida International University, played for Team Canada in the Women’s World Cup in Germany in July. Boyd, Galindo and fellow seniors Melinda Ingalls, Ashley Folsom and Ashley Seal have made 260 starts collectively in their Oregon State careers.
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The women’s soccer program was once an afterthought at Oregon State. After back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, they’re one of the best athletic teams on campus, and fans have taken notice. Boyd, Galindo, Folsom and Seal all started as freshmen, when Oregon State won just one conference game. “We have a lot of starting seniors, which makes us like a powerhouse,” said Ingalls, who transferred to OSU in 2009 after a year at Western Oregon University. “I don’t think any of us want to leave here without having a good year.” So far this season, the Beavers are 5-2-1, with no conference games to date. Their two losses came to Portland and No. 3 Florida State. They tied No. 19 Santa Clara. After starting conference play with seven consecutive victories last year, Oregon State had a chance to win a conference title the final weekend of the regular season, but dropped two games in the Bay Area. Picked third in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, they figure to once again contend for a conference title. Stanford and University of California, Los Angeles, the two teams picked ahead of them in the preseason poll, are ranked No. 1 and No. 4 in the nation, respectively. That doesn’t worry the Beavers. “We are just giving 100 percent in training and hoping that will translate into the games,” Folsom said. “We are putting the effort on the field and in practices, so hopefully that will transfer. We really just want to give our all and see where that gets us. I think that will get us pretty far.” Added Galindo: “We have an expectation now. We expect to do well.” t
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ashley seal senior midfielder 58 career starts (prior to ‘11)
Other returning starters: Milan Cabrera (Jr.), Melinda Ingalls (Sr.), Ashley Folsom (Sr.), Lindsay Meiggs (Jr.), Jacy Drobney (So.) Lone starter lost: Courtney Wetzel
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(3) Florida State @ Purdue @ Butler vs. (19) Santa Clara vs. New Hampshire vs. New Mexico vs. Portland FIU UC Davis Colorado @ USC @ (4) UCLA @ ASU @ Arizona @ Utah WSU Washington (1) Stanford (22) California Oregon
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pac-12 preseason coaches’ poll 1. Stanford 2. UCLA 3. Oregon State 4. USC 5. Washington 6. California 7. Arizona State 8. Oregon 9. Washington State 10. Colorado 11. Utah 12. Arizona
the turnaround Year Record (Pac-10) Pac-10 finish 2001 10-8-2 (2-6-1) t-7th 2002 9-9-2 (2-7-0_ 8th 2003 7-11-2 (3-5-1) 6th 2004 10-9-1 (4-4-1) 7th 2005 10-8-1 (3-5-1) 8th 2006 8-10-2 (1-8-0) 10th 2007 7-10-3 (0-7-2) 10th 2008* 6-11-2 (1-7-1) 10th 2009 14-8-1 (4-5-0) t-5th 2010 16-4-1 (7-2-0) 2nd 2011 ??? *Head coach Linus Rhode’s first year
Postseason No No No No No No No No Yes (3rd RD) Yes (2nd RD)
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Volleyball off to a strong start, ready to take on a loaded Pac-12 field By Scott Campbell The Daily B arometer
With six teams in the national top 25, the Pac-12 is arguably the nation’s strongest volleyball conference. For the unranked Oregon State University volleyball team, being “slept on” by others could be the motivating chip on the shoulder that drives them to their first postseason since 2001. “This year, I think we’re really going to surprise some people. We’re the underdog and people don’t expect much from us. But we had a great preseason to start out the season strong,” said Megan McBride, a team captain. After a solid showing in preseason play, the Beavers started their conference slate with a victory over Arizona State University followed by a tough four-set loss against Arizona in which senior Dre Shaw suffered an ankle injury. “The second set we were up 17-13, and we stopped passing and playing defense,” said head coach Terry Liskevych. “That was the turning point in the match for us. Our passing and setting were off, and we just had some untimely bad plays. Losing Dre was tough, but we have to step it up and people need to work hard to get in the mix here.” Junior Camille Saxton led the Beavers against the Wildcats
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as she earned her first doubledouble of the year, with 12 kills and 10 digs. With the Pac-10 now becoming the Pac-12, OSU faces the arduous task of 22 conference matches. Four Pac-12 teams are ranked the top 10 nationally, including top-ranked California and No. 2 Stanford. Despite the overwhelming strength of the conference, the team has high expectations and postseason aspirations. “My expectations are to definitely get more wins than last year,” Shaw said. “I have high expectations. We all really want to go to the NCAA Tournament; right now that’s our goal.” The team returns nine letterwinners, including five of six starters from last year, but boasts a young squad with one senior, five juniors, four sophomores and eight freshmen on
W, 3-0 W, 3-2 L, 3-2 L, 3-2 W, 3-0 W, 3-1 W, 3-0 W, 3-2 W, 3-0 W, 3-2 W, 3-2 L, 3-1
vs. Stanford vs. California at UCLA at USC vs. Washington vs. Washington State vs. Colorado vs. Utah at Arizona at Arizona State vs. USC vs. UCLA at California at Stanford vs. Oregon at Oregon
the 18-player roster. The key for the Beavers this year will be finding a new “goto” player after the graduation of their main offensive weapon, outside hitter Jill Sawatzky. Sawatzky led the Beavers in 2010 with a team-high 3.79 kills per set and a second-best 2.30 digs per set. Expected to play a big role in replacing Sawatzky’s production are three upperclassmen: senior outside hitter Shaw, junior outside hitter/middle blocker Ashley Eneliko and junior outside hitter Saxton. Sophomore middle blocker Mona Kressl and sophomore libero Becky Defoe are familiar faces that are expected to be key contributors. Kressl was named Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Freshmen team last season and is looking to improve as the Beaver’s
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top returning blocker, as she tallied 138 during her freshmen campaign. Thisyear’snewcomers include sophomore transfer Niki Small, who made her debut during the spring season, and four freshmen: outside hitter Arica Nassar, middle blocker Haley Clarke, setter Lexi Wilhelm and middle blocker Corinna Mommert. One reason for Liskevych’s optimism is how well the young players have been in contributing to start the season. “When you’re starting two of them [freshmen] like Arica Nassar and Corinna Mommert, that’s an encouraging sign they’re only going to get better,” he said. The Beavers (8-2) completed a successful preseason by defeating two 2010 NCAA Tournament teams in Utah State and No. 22 Long Beach State. Most importantly for the Beavers to reach their NCAA Tournament goal is a strong start in conference play. “It’s important with the start of the Pac-12 that we get on the right track,” Liskevych said. Although the Beavers won’t play a ranked opponent in conference until their sixth match at Washington, Liskevych believes in the importance of maintaining perspective. “In the Pac-12 it’s a matter of keeping a perspective. You’re playing 22 matches, 11 teams, double round robin,” he said. “It’s going to wear on you after a while. Night after night is a big match… we just have to take it a step at a time.” The altruistic approach of this year’s team could be the key factor in propelling the Beavers to their first postseason appearance in a decade. “I really feel the strong suit here is that this team is unselfish and that means it cares about how the team does, and that is critical in a team sport,” Liskevych said. “You can have all your stats and awards, but they are much more meaningful when the team does well.” t
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Our predictions for the Beaver sports year Sport
2010-11 Overall Record
Barometer 201112 Prediction
5-7 (t-5th) 16-4-3 (2nd) 6-11 (last) 9-23 (8th) (8th)
No Yes (2nd round) No No No
A little worse A little better A little better A little better Same
• Hmm. • 10/11 starters back • Intriguing new talent • Good start to ‘11
Yes (8th at Nationals)
Yes (21st at Nationals)
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Beavers attempt to shake off dismal 2010 season; new contributors may be key By James Leathers The Daily B arometer
It’s been eight years since the Oregon State University men’s soccer team last reached the postseason. Last year, the Beavers won one conference game. But the program’s recent track record doesn’t translate to low expectations this year. “We are definitely expecting to get to the [NCAA] Tournament for the first time since 2003,” junior forward Colin Mitchell said. Perhaps a bit bold, but there are reasons for optimism, starting with the fact that this year’s team will simply be a year older than the last. “We have some guys returning who had to play at a very young age last year,” head coach Steve Simmons said. “That on-the-job training is going to start to pay off for them.” Alex Eckerson started 12 games as a freshman last year, and Roberto Farfan, Travis Anderson, Alex Penny and Chris Harms all played a good amount as sophomores. Senior goalkeeper Steve Spangler is the Beavers’ most experienced player with 39 career starts under his belt. What’s perhaps most encouraging for this year’s squad is the plethora of talent that is new to the program — or, in Mitchell’s case, back after a year off. Mitchell was All-Pac-10 Second Team in 2009, but fractured vertebrae forced him to miss the entire 2010 campaign. He returns as a redshirt junior. “It’s great to see him back on the field;
we certainly missed him tremendously last year,” Simmons said. “I think the best is yet to come from Colin.” “Mentally I’m just trying to improve and stay focused throughout the whole 90 minutes. I want to be more composed and have a little more class in the box,” Mitchell said. While Mitchell is the only player on the roster to have garnered All-Pac-10 honors at one time in his career, he’s not the Beavers most decorated player. That would be junior forward Emory Welshman, a transfer from Siena College in New York. Welshman was the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2009 and was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Year last year after netting 13 goals. Welshman was recruited by Oregon State out of high school, but opted to stay closer to home. After two years at Siena, he said he matured to a point where “it didn’t really matter how far from home” he was. “I expect to do as well on the West Coast as I did on the East Coast,” Welshman said. Welshman has been the team’s most dangerous offensive threat thus far, racking up a team-high 25 shots, eight on goal. Freshmen Khiry Shelton is third on the team in shots attempted with seven, while Mitchell has six. Those three have netted one goal a piece. Eckerson leads the team in goals with three. “I think that with Emory and Khiry and some other guys, they are just a half yard off [from scoring] in certain situations,” Simmons said. “That will come. They just need to keep staying the course and they will be fine.”
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The Beavers were winless through their first four games of the season, with losses to University of Portland, top-ranked North Carolina and University of CaliforniaDavis. They salvaged a tie at then-No. 24 Wake Forest. The Portland game was the only one played in Corvallis. “North Carolina and Wake Forest, that was on purpose to go across the country and play in the ACC,” Simmons said. “I want the bar to be raised on these guys so that when we get to conference play we’ve been there before.” The Beavers bounced back with wins over Sacramento State and Gonzaga. “We’ve had a rough start thus far,” Mitchell said. “We played well against Wake Forest but we didn’t get the win, which is obviously the key.” “It’s a young team and a bunch of us have just gotten together this year, but I can see us doing really well, to be honest,” Welshman said. “We could have a really outstanding season in the Pac-12.” In 2009, Oregon State finished second in the Pac-10, but didn’t receive a postseason bid. This year, they’ll look to return to the top half of the conference. With no Pac-12 teams currently ranked in the nation’s top 25, the race could be wide open. “Our closest goal is to win the Pac-12, because that gets you right in the tournament; no ifs, whats or buts,” Mitchell said. Simmons knows they have a ways to go to get to that point. “I don’t think you’re ever ready for conference,” he said. “But I like that we have [more time] to get better, because I think this group will get better with time.” t
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