After last weekend’s victories the Beavers are starting to get some attention in the national polls, but they’ve still got a lot of work to do. This weekend, they traveled to Northern California for rematches with Stanford and Cal. Here’s what went down.
The Beavers victory over Stanford last week was their biggest of the season, and Stanford’s first defeat of the year. The Cardinal must been hungry to get a win back over the Beavers, but in their rematch in Stanford, it was Oregon State that struck first.
Gloire Amanda has been on fire all season, with six goals coming into this match. In the 21st minute, a pass between Stanford defenders went wide, Amanda pounced, and used his speed to get the first goal of the match.
#HeScoresWhenHeWants @Gloireamanda7 #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/KvBnu0l7uf— Oregon State Men's Soccer (@BeaverMSoccer) October 19, 2018
Stanford would tie the game up in the 36th minute, with a nice play off of a corner kick. As the first half wound down, the Beavers found themselves in scoring position. Don Tchilao launched a beautiful shot, but Stanford goalie Andrew Thomas made the save.
Unfortunately for Stanford, Albert Pedra was there to grab the rebound, and found the net to give OSU a 2-1 lead going into halftime.
Congrats to @alkvothe on his first career goal!#GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/GRjxnElwDX— Oregon State Men's Soccer (@BeaverMSoccer) October 19, 2018
Stanford eventually managed to tie things up, with a goal in the 68th minute, tying the game up 2-2. That was the final score for the game.
While a win would have been huge for the Beavers, getting a win and a tie in your season series over the team that has won the last three national championships is still huge for the program.
Oregon State took their first game against California, in Corvallis, 2-1. In the rematch in Berkeley, defenses took center stage. In the first half, Cal was on the attack, with six shots to the Beavers’ 2. Only one of those shots was on goal, however, and Adrian Fernandez made the save.
In the second half, the Beavers found more of an offensive rhythm, with Don Tchilao in particular making some excellent shots, but neither team managed to score. The game went to overtime, tied 0-0.
Overtime did not last long. Alex Cover scored in the second minute of OT, his first goal as a Beaver, to give OSU the 1-0 win. He was assisted by Loke Strenov.
This weekend’s win and tie puts the Beavers record at 8-4-3 overall, and 4-2-1 in the Pac-12. That’s good enough for second in the Pac, behind Stanford.
Next weekend, they’ll return to Corvallis to try to get revenge for a couple of losses from earlier this season. On Thursday, October 25th, at 3:00 PM PT, they’ll take on San Diego State. On Sunday, October 28th, at 2:00 PM PT, they’ll host UCLA. Get out there and support the Beavers while they fight to make the postseason.