For the first time in program history the Oregon State Men’s Soccer team has advanced to the College Cup, the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament. The Beavers took down the North Carolina Tar Heels, the tournament’s third overall seed, 1-0 to advance. The Beavers will next play Notre Dame, the second overall seed in the tournament, on December 8th at a time to be determined. Louisville, Kentucky is hosting the final three games of the tournament.
The quarterfinal’s one goal came in the 36th minute. Vicente Castro sliced a beautiful pass straight through UNC’s defenders, finding Dante Williams right in front of the goal. Williams perfectly placed his shot in the upper right corner of the goal, giving the Beavers the lead.
In the second half of the game the Tar Heels fought desperately to equalize the score. UNC managed 5 shots on goal in the half, but OSU’s defense insured their shot selection was poor, with the Beavers only needing one save from keeper Luis Castillo to keep the sheet clean.
The Beavers have a week off to prepare for the Fighting Irish. It’ll be their toughest opponent so far this season, but after taking down North Carolina and SMU back to back, Oregon State can clearly match up with any team in the country. This is a special team.