The Weekend: The Oregon State women's soccer team (6-7-3, 2-6-0 Pac-12) will retun home this week for the first two matches of its regular-season ending three-game homestand. The Beavers will open the weekend by hosting Washington (11-4-2, 4-3-1) on Friday, before taking on Washington State (11-5-0, 4-4-0) on Sunday. Friday's game will begin at 1:30 p.m., and Sunday's match will begin at 11 a.m.
Follow Along: Friday's match will be carried live on Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 Washington, while Sunday's match will be on Pac-12 Oregon. Both games will feature commentary from Troy Clardy and Alyson Wagner. Live stats will be available for both of this weekend's matches on the women's soccer schedule page of OSUBeavers.com. Updates on all things Oregon State women's soccer can be found @OSU_WSoccer on Twitter.
Go Geist: Sophomore Bella Geist made her mark on the Oregon State squad in her freshman campaign, recording 126 saves, the second-highest total in single-season school history. She has already recorded five clean sheets this year, giving her eight shutouts in her career. With 77 saves this season, she has 203 in her career, placing her fourth on Oregon State's all-time list. Geist needs 49 more saves to move into a tie for third all-time (Colleen Boyd, 2008-11 - 252).
Series History: Oregon State is 8-15-3 all-time against Washington, but has earned at least a point in five of the teams' last six meetings, going 3-1-2 over that span. The Beavers haven't lost to the Huskies in Corvallis since 2008, and will be looking to keep that streak alive this weekend.
OSU is 10-12-3 historically against Washington State, and has won three of the last five meetings between the two sides. Sunday's match will mark just the second time the Beavers and Cougars have met in Corvallis since 2009.
Follow the Rhode: Oregon State head coach Linus Rhode has proven his ability to lead his teams to success over the course of his eight year run with the Beavers. Rhode has guided OSU to three NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure, including a Sweet 16 run in 2009. Overall, Rhode has notched 72 wins and four winning seasons in his time as the Beavers' top-man.
Toni Malone Fires One Home: Freshman Toni Malone scored the first goal of her collegiate career against Arizona on Sunday, firing a shot into the back of the net in the 32nd minute. Nine different Beavers have combined to score the team's 15 goals this year.
Quite the Start: Oregon State finished nonconference play with a record of 4-1-3, with their only loss coming on the road at No. 8 BYU. The start to the season was the Beavers' best since they entered conference play with a record of 8-1-0 in 2012, and OSU's record this season is especially impressive considering the squad finished 2014 at 0-17-3.
Hitting the Road: Oregon State faced a challenging start to the year, playing just four of its first 11 games at home. That stretch took the Beavers across the country, as the team played matches in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Utah, California and Arizona. Overall, just eight on OSU's 19 regular season games will be played a Paul Lorenz Field.
America's Team to Beaver Nation: Junior McKenzie Redberg has taken an unusual path to the Oregon State women's soccer team, serving a four-year stint in the United States Air Force prior to enrolling at OSU. Redberg, a medic during her years of service, is a Corvallis native and graduate of Corvallis High School. She has made three appearances for the Beavers this season.
Sophomore Up: Entering the 2015 season, 10 of Oregon State's 26 players are sophomores. Many members of that group gained valuable experience as freshmen last season. Kayla Latham and Miranda Stiver both found the net in their debut campaigns, while Nikki Faris, Maddie Misi, Natalie Higgins and Stiver each started all 20 games in 2014 as freshmen.
Historic Win: Oregon State notched a big win over UCLA on Saturday Oct. 17, taking down the Bruins for the fourth time in school history. The Beavers topped UCLA 2-1 on goals from Nikki Faris and Emma Jones to take their first win over the Bruins since 2010.
Game On Greta: Greta Espinoza joined the team with some impressive credentials on her resume. The Tijuana native played with the Mexican National Team at this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup. She also played for the Mexican National Team at the 2015 Pan American Games, and has competed at the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups.
Getting Schooled: Five Beavers earned Academic All-Pac-12 honors last year, headlined by Kathryn Baker, who was named to the First Team after wrapping up the 2014 season with a 3.95 GPA as a Pre-Environmental Engineering major. Gwen Bieck, Annie Govig, Sabrina Santarossa and 2015 graduate Julia Sattler all earned Academic Honorable Mention.
Taylor Lifts The Lionesses: Former Beaver Jodie Taylor stepped up to the international stage this summer, helping lead England to a bronze medal at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Taylor, who wrapped up her Oregon State career in 2007, scored the Lionesses opening goal in their quarterfinal match against host Canada, helping England to its best-ever World Cup finish.
Get the (Pac-12) Net: The Beavers will make six appearances on Pac-12 Networks this season, beginning with the home opener against Fresno State. OSU will also appear on TV on Friday Oct. 2 vs. Utah, Thursday Oct. 8 at Stanford, Friday Oct. 30 vs. Washington, Sunday Nov. 1 vs. Washington State and Friday Nov. 6 vs. Oregon. The Beavers will also be on TV against Missouri on Friday, Sept. 4 (SEC Network) and Texas on Thursday, Sept. 10 (Longhorn Network).