10. Oregon State (BR-51)
In a sense, Oregon State had to get better in 2015 simply because they couldn’t get any worse. The Beavers had made some unwanted history in 2014 after going 0-17-3 overall, marking a humiliating rock bottom for a program that had been mentioned as a College Cup contender a half-decade earlier.
OSU ended that brutal winless streak at the first opportunity in 2015, beating Portland on the road and started the new season 4-0-2. But things pretty much unraveled after that, and the Beavers won just two of their final fourteen matches.
Beating Colorado helped them stay off the basement, and OSU topped UCLA in a season where the meaning of that accomplishment was severely diminished. Eleventh place with six wins in 2015 was better than 2014 certainly, but the Beavers have a long way to go to be a contender again.
That timetable’s certainly going to be longer than just this season as well, as the Beavers still look like a side deeply in a rebuilding phase that began with the pain of 2014. The relative star power of the club’s glory days at the beginning of the decade looks to be a thing of the past given the current roster. The one bit of outstanding quality Oregon State can call on this year is senior Greta Espinoza, a full Mexican international who was seen as a coup after she signed for OSU last year. Espinoza has just one season of eligibility remaining, but she’ll likely be a rock in the middle of the defense again this year.
The big question is: where will the goals come from? OSU has had problems scoring since Can