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Oregon State Women's Soccer - Wetzel Has Career Day for Senior Day Win

Oregon State’s 15 wins this season is best in program history

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(CORVALLIS, Ore.) - Senior Courtney Wetzel had a career day as the No. 15 Oregon State women’s soccer team shutout Arizona 3-0 Sunday afternoon on Senior Day. Wetzel tied her career best for points in a game with a goal and two assists in front of friends and family in her last game at Paul Lorenz Field.

“It’s good to go out like that,” Wetzel said following the match. “Once we scored, we knew we could put the team away. It relieved a lot of pressure and we just took it from there.”

The Beavers (15-1-1 overall, 7-0-0 Pacific-10 Conference) got on the board just 1:02 into the second half, when Wetzel set up a corner kick on the near side of the field and launched it into the six-yard box where Ashley Folsom out-jumped the Wildcat defenders and headed the ball into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

Wetzel added the second goal of the game, her second of the season, in the 50th minute when she beat two defenders and found nothing but open space between her and the Wildcat goalkeeper Ashley Jett and drove it into the lower left part of the net.

The Beavers and Wetzel were not satisfied with the 2-0 lead and added a third goal in the 68th minute when Wetzel found freshman Haley Shaw on the near side of the field. Shaw then drove the ball into the lower left corner of the net to give the Beavers the final 3-0 lead.

Wetzel tied her career-best for points in a game with her goal and two assists totaling four points. She previously had four points in a game last season when she had two goals off of free kicks in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Ohio State.

Arizona (5-11-2, 1-6-0) had some chances late in the game but Oregon State keeper Colleen Boyd stayed steady to record her career-best sixth straight shutout and school record 13th overall this season. She has not allowed a goal in her last 577 minutes and 51 seconds and counting which breaks her own school record that she set earlier this season.

With Oregon State undefeated in Pac-10 play this season at 7-0, its matchup with No. 1 Stanford this upcoming Friday night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif. in effect, becomes the conference championship game. Stanford defeated California 3-0 in their rivalry game on Saturday to move to 16-0-2 overall on the season and 7-0-0 in conference play.

“Next Friday is obviously a big game,” Oregon State women’s soccer head coach Linus Rhode said following the 3-0 defeat of Arizona Sunday afternoon. “It’s basically for the Pac-10 Championship. It will be a fantastic environment down there at their place. The girls will be ready to play.”

The match against Stanford will be televised live on both Fox Soccer Channel and FSN Northwest Friday, Nov. 5 with kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. PT.

Notes: Oregon State’s 15 wins this season is best in program history … Oregon State is undefeated for the month of October (9-0) … Oregon State’s seven wins in conference play is a program best … Goalkeeper Colleen Boyd broke her own record of consecutive scoreless minutes which is now 577 minutes 51 seconds and counting … Boyd now has a program record 13 shutouts and counting … Courtney Wetzel tied her career high for points in a game with four (1g, 2a) … Ashley Folsom scored her first goal of the season … Oregon State finishes the season undefeated at home in the regular season (6-0-1).

Source: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY




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