This week both Oregon State Soccer Teams took on nationally ranked opponents. The Men’s Team took on No. 17 UC Davis at home, while the Women’s Team travelled to Lubbock to take on No. 25 Texas Tech. Here’s everything that happened the past week in Beaver Soccer.
On Friday, September 7th, the Men’s Team hosted CSU Bakersfield. Bakersfield grabbed an early lead, with Francisco Gomez scoring in the sixth minute.
That lead didn’t last long, as in the eighth minute Gloire Amandla picked up a blocked shot from Sofiane Djeffal and put in the back of the net to tie the game 1-1. The goal was Amandla’s second of the season.
About 10 minutes later, Eric Diaz gave the Beavers the lead, scoring on a crossing pass from Joel Walker in the 17th minute. The Beavers took a 2-1 lead into the half.
In the second, the defense held strong, while the offense found plenty of scoring opportunities. Don Tchilao finally broke through in the 66th for his third goal of the season, giving the Beavers a 3-1 lead that would be the final score.
The Beavers’ defense has been on fire this season, holding Xavier and Penn State scoreless and limiting every other team they’ve played (with the exception of Syracuse) to one goal. College Soccer News took notice of that, and named Beaver Defenseman Kolade Salaudeen to their National Team of the Week.
Salaudeen, a Redshirt Freshman from South Croyden in England, has started in every game for the Beavers this season, and been a key part of the defense. Don’t be surprised if we start hearing him come up for more awards as the season goes on.
Another honor for @ko5ala_, as he has been named to the @csoccernews National Team of the Week!— Oregon State Men's Soccer (@BeaverMSoccer) September 10, 2018
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The Beavers host UC Davis tonight at Lorenz Field! Join us at 7 p.m.
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On Monday, September 10th, the Men’s team took on their toughest opponent so far this season. UC Davis travelled to Corvallis, and the Aggies are currently ranked 17th in the nation, and had six wins, no losses, and one tie before playing the Beavers.
The Beavers came onto the field hot, out shooting UC Davis 9-5, but failing to find the net. In the second half, the Beaver offense broke through, with Joel Walker finding the net with assists from Sofiane Djeffal and Don Tchilao, and taking a 1-0 lead.
UC Davis battled back though, out shooting the Beavers 5-3 in the second half. In the 72nd minute, Marte Formico curled in a shot from outside the box to score, tieing the game 1-1.
The game went into extra time, but taking back the offensive momentum and out shooting the Aggies 4-2 over both extra periods, the Beavers couldn’t score. Neither could UC Davis, and the game finished in a 1-1 tie.
Last weekend’s results bring the Beavers’ record to 3-1-2. They’ll take on American University on Friday, September 14th at Lorenz Field in Corvallis. American is currently 1-2-1. You can go watch the game in person at 7:00 PM PT, or follow the team’s twitter for updates.
On Sunday, September 9th, the Women’s Soccer Team traveled to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech, currently ranked 25th in the country.
The Red Raiders got scoring started early, with a goal from Cassie Hiatt. That was the only goal of the first half, but Texas Tech out shot OSU 8-1, an ill omen for things to come.
In the second half, TT’s offense dominated the game, winning the shot count 15-3, with 8 of those shots on goal. Ally Griffin scored two goals, one in the 55th minute and one in the 67th minute. Gwennie Puente also scored, in the 65th minute, and Texas Tech held a 4-0 lead going into the final 10 minutes.
With less then two minutes left in the game, McKenzie Weinert finally found the net for the Beavers, her second goal of the year. The final score was 4-1, Texas Tech.
88' McKenzie Weinert SCORES!! pic.twitter.com/5HfX07qgK0— Oregon State Women's Soccer (@beaverwsoccer) September 10, 2018
OSU’s Women’s Team is now 1-6. They’ll try for another win this Sunday, September 16th, when they host the University of Portland. The Pilots are currently 4-3. The game kicks off at 5:00 PM PT, at Lorenz Field. The game will be aired on Pac 12 Oregon, or you can watch online at Pac-12.com.
That’s all for this week. Check back next Wednesday for more Beaver Soccer News.