The Match: The Oregon State men's soccer team (2-0-0) hits the road for the first time this season for a neutral site contest against the Vermont Catamounts (1-1-0). The match is part of the Nike Portland Invitational and will be played at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at Merlo Field in Portland.
Follow Along: There is no TV or radio for the match but live stats are available at this link: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=97441.
Twitter updates for all Oregon State games can be found at @OSUBeavers_MSOC.
The Series: This is the first-ever meeting between Oregon State and Vermont.
National Rankings: Oregon State is No. 15 in the Bennett Rankings, conducted by HeroSports.com, No. 19 in the College Soccer News poll, No. 21 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 24 according to Soccer America.
National Honors: Mikhail Doholis was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week on Monday after scoring the golden goal against Marquette and assisting on the goal against No. 9 Michigan State.
Opening Weekend: The Beavers opened the 2015 season in a big way with wins over Marquette (1-0 in overtime) and No. 9 Michigan State (1-0). Here are some quick hitters after the first weekend:
- Oregon State has started 2-0 for the third consecutive year (the 2014 team opened 3-0).
- The win over Michigan State was the Beavers first ever against a Big Ten team. The previous record was 0-7-1.
- Dating back to last season, Oregon State is 3-1 in its last four matches against Top 10 teams (wins over No. 7 California, No. 9 Washington and No. 9 Michigan State; loss to No. 10 Stanford).
- Mikhail Doholis was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week with a goal and assist in the two matches.
Big Time Timmy: Timmy Mueller had a sensational first year with the Beavers, earning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors after scoring 11 goals, the second-highest total in the conference. He started his sophomore campaign in a big way with the game-winning goal against No. 9 Michigan State. He took 10 shots, with seven on goal, in the first two matches.
For What It's Wirth: Sophomore goalkeeper Nolan Wirth was named to the Pac-12 Preseason Team, despite seeing limited playing time in his debut campaign. The Canadian opened this season with a pair of shutouts, with four saves, to help the Beavers to their 2-0 start.
Man For the Big Occasion: Sophomore Jordan Jones scored a number of big goals for the Beavers last season, including the team's biggest goal of the year, the game winner in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. One of his best performances of 2014 came against No. 7 California when he scored a brace on his way to TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Week honors. Jones also found the net for the game-tying goal against then-No. 1 Washington when the Beavers battled to a 1-1 draw. Jones recorded a total of eight goals in his freshman season, and started 16 of Oregon State's 21 matches.
One for the Books: Oregon State's 2014 season was one of the best in school history. The Beavers earned their first ever NCAA Tournament win, a 1-0 triumph over Denver, after making the postseason for the first time since 2003. Then senior Khiry Shelton was named Pac-12 Player of the Year along the way, and the team spent much of the year in the national rankings.
Fortress Paul Lorenz: The Beavers held down the fort well last season, going 10-2-1 at Paul Lorenz Field in 2014. With a perfect 7-0 mark in home non-conference matches last season and a 2-0 start this season, the Beavers have now won 20 consecutive non-conference matches in Corvallis, in a streak that dates back to Sept. 25, 2011.
Youth Movement: The Beavers bring a relatively young team into the 2015 campaign, featuring a squad made up of 22 underclassmen, compared to just seven upperclassmen. Oregon State will look to get a lot out of its outstanding sophomore class this year, which features standouts like Timmy Mueller, Jordan Jones, Graham Smith, Jalen Markey, Sam Tweeton and Nolan Wirth, all of whom saw time in the starting 11 in their freshman seasons.
It Ain't Easy: Oregon State faces a tough schedule yet again in 2015. Nine of the team's 18 scheduled regular season games come against teams that were ranked in the NSCAA's Preseason Top 25. Michigan State was No. 9, and Oregon State faces No. 1 UCLA, No. 8 Stanford, No. 10 Washington and No. 16 California two times apiece.
Do Some Networking: The Beavers will make nine appearances on the Pac-12 Networks this season. Oregon State opened the year with a pair of TV games against Marquette and Michigan State. The team has an extended road trip, before it returns to Corvallis for television matches against Seattle and UCLA on Sept. 27 and Oct. 2, respectively. Three straight Pac-12 Networks matches against California, Stanford and Washington will highlight the month of October, before OSU plays a pair of televised matches in November.