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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 8:06 pm

Oregon State saw its RPI ranking drop lower than it’s been since Pac-12 play started after losing to SDSU on Sunday

The Oregon State men’s soccer team has the upcoming weekend off from games.

The Beavers (7-7-2, 0-5-2 Pac-12) are coming off a trip to Southern California in which they tied No. 4 UCLA, 1-1, on Friday and lost to San Diego State, 2-0, on Sunday.

Some bye-week notes:

• RPI watch: The Beavers dropped 10 spots to 79th in the latest RPI rankings. For the second time in as many weeks, the RPI-killer was a loss to San Diego State. The Aztecs (5-8-1, 2-4-1), who checked in at 68th in this week’s RPI rankings, have yet to defeat a team (besides OSU, twice) currently ranked higher than 88th in RPI rankings.

OSU’s RPI is the lowest it has been since beginning conference play four weeks ago.

• Struggling offense: After totaling 13 shots on goal versus UCLA and SDSU in Corvallis two weekends ago, the Beavers managed a total of just four shots on goal in Southern California last weekend.

OSU’s one shot on goal versus SDSU on Sunday was a season-low. The Beavers entered the game averaging 5.9 shots on goal per contest, while the Aztecs’ opponents had averaged 5.8 shots on goal.

• Lineup notes from last weekend’s games:

Junior Borce Atanasov, who had been used as a substitute the previous four games, made his first two career conference starts. Against SDSU, senior Daniel Van Vleet and junior Jackson Groves were inserted into the starting lineup for the first time in several weeks.

Junior Chase Raskosky made his first two conference appearances of the season, playing 17 minutes versus UCLA and 16 versus SDSU. He was credited with an assist on Arbogast’s goal, as was junior Mike Reckmeyer. Freshman Zach Striar played 18 minutes versus SDSU on Sunday. He entered the game having made two conference appearances totaling five minutes.

• OSU’s conference struggles, by the numbers:

- 14: Conference games the Beavers have played, dating back to last season, since picking up their last conference win (Oct. 7, 2012 at SDSU).

- 7: Years since OSU was winless through seven conference games.

- 351:58: Minutes of conference play in which OSU has trailed its opponent.

- 302:51: Minutes of conference play in which OSU has been tied with its opponent.

- 15:11: Minutes of conference play in which OSU has led its opponent (all versus UCLA on Oct. 18).

- 4: Goals OSU has scored in seven conference games. Stanford, owner of the next-lowest total in the Pac-12, has scored six goals in five conference games.

• Pac-12 standings

1. Washington (14 points)

2. Cal (13)

3. UCLA (12)

4. SDSU (7)

5. Stanford (4)

6. OSU (2)

Every team except Cal and Stanford has played seven conference games. The Bay Area schools have played five conference games each.

Even if the Beavers were to win out, they would finish no higher than fourth place.

• OSU statistical leaders:

- Goals: Khiry Shelton (4)

- Assists: Borce Atanasov (4)

- Points: Shelton (9)

- Shots: Atanasov (28)

- Shots on goal: Atanasov (14)

- Saves: Matt Bersano (76)

• What’s to come:

The Beavers will finish the regular season with three games at home:

- Nov. 8: vs. No. 1 Cal at 1 p.m. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

- Nov. 10: vs. Stanford at 1 p.m.

- Nov. 17: vs. No. 3 Washington at 11 a.m. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

Grady Garrett, sports reporter

On Twitter @gradygarrett

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