Last weekend was packed full of soccer action. The men headed down to the Bay Area, while the women visited the rocky mountains. Both road trips were crucial tests for each team. Here’s your full report.
Men’s Soccer | Current Record (5-4-1)
Results: 10/3 (1-2 Loss at California), 10/6 (1-1 Tie at Stanford)
The Oregon State Men’s team got their road trip started with a visit to Berkeley last Thursday to take on Cal. Unfortunately things started rough for the Beavs, with Cal’s Francisco Perez scoring just 1:43 into the game. It didn’t take too long for Oregon State to even things up; after a few good scoring chances from Sofiane Djeffal and Arnauld Deniel, Joel Walker found the back of the net in the 27th minute.
After letting the Beavers dominate the shot count in the first half, Cal came out aggressive in the second, and it paid off when Thomas Williamson gave the Golden Bears back the lead in the 71st minute with a penalty kick. The Beavers made a few more good shots on goal, but none found the mark, with the team losing 2-1.
Sunday, the team had an even tougher task ahead of them; the 2nd ranked Stanford Cardinal. Gloire Amanda got a pair of early shots on the Stanford goal, but Cardinal keeper Andrew Thomas kept the sheet clean in the first half. Adrian Fernandez matched him for the Beavers despite a blistering attack from Stanford, who made nine shots in the first half, forcing 3 saves from Fernandez.
Stanford kept the attack up in the second half, but it was Oregon State who broke the stalemate. Adrian Crespo took the ball down the pitch, and fed it to Raheem Taylor-Parkes in front of the goal; Taylor-Parkes then set up Joel Walker, who scored. It was a fantastically executed play.
For the second time this weekend, an opponent capitalized on a Beaver penalty, as Stanford’s Derek Waldeck scored on a Penalty Kick in the 73rd minute. Despite that, Fernandez continued to perform brilliantly, with 7 saved during the game. Neither side could break through either defense, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw after Extra Time.
Up Next: The team only has one game this weeknd, a trip to Washington on Sunday, October 13th.
Women’s Soccer | Current Record (9-1-1)
Results: 10/3 (1-1 Tie at Utah), 10/6 (2-1 Win at Colorado)
The women’s team was also on the road last week. Their first match was last Thursday against Utah. The Utes took an early lead with a goal from Holly Daugirda in the 23rd minute. The Utes got a few more good shots off in the first half, but Bridgette Skiba made a few great save to keep the Utah lead 1-0. After Utah led in shots 5-2 in the first half, the Beavers got their attack going in the second. McKenzie Weinert and Paula Leblic got some excellent shots on the goal, but it was Sophie Conrad who finally broke through the Utes defense in the 76th minute.
The Utes tried to get the lead back, but Skiba made a few more big saves to keep things level. Neither side could get past the other in Extra Time, resulting in a 1-1 tie.
On Sunday, the Beavers took on the 17th ranked Colorado Buffaloes. The Buffs started with out aggressively, making five shots in the first 12 minutes, but they couldn’t get past Bridgette Skiba. Oregon State didn’t get a shot off until the 22nd minute, but they didn’t need a ton of opportunites. In the 28th minute, with possession in front of the goal, Brianna McReynolds got the ball to Marley Salveter outside. Salveter then fed the ball back inside to McReynolds, who had gotten free of the Utah defender and fired the ball into the lower left corner of the net. Beavers 1-0.
After that, Colorado continued to pour on the offense, but Skiba and the Beavers defense held strong. The second half started much the same, but the Buffaloes finally found their way into the goal in the 72nd minute.
It was looking grim for the Beavers as Colorado continued attacking, but in the 79th minute the Beavers got a throw in in Colorado territory. The ball went to Ashleigh Fonsen, floated the ball over the Buffaloes to Toni Malone, right in front of the goal. Malone slipped past the Colorado defender and found the net, giving the Beavers a 2-1 lead.
Take a look back at the goals that McReynolds and Malone scored for the Beavers and the incredible save in the last few seconds of the match from Skiba that allowed OSU to upset No. 17 Colorado in Boulder#GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/knWLyxswdS— Oregon State Women's Soccer (@beaverwsoccer) October 6, 2019
Things weren’t over, and after Brianna McReynolds was giving a red card the Beavers were forced to play down a woman for the final minutes of the match. Bridgette Skiba came up with a few more heroic saves, preserving the upset.
Up Next: The team is back home this weekend, to take on the Bay Area schools. They’ll play Stanford on Thursday, October 10th and California on Sunday, October 13th. Get to Lorenz Field and support the team if you can. A pair of good results could get the squad into the top 25.