Men's Soccer Gives No. 7 Stanford All It Can Handle Before Falling 2-1

Oct. 20, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - Oregon State's James Albert nearly sent the Pacific-10 men's soccer match between Oregon State and the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal into overtime when his goal in the 86th minute tied the contest at 1-1. However, the Cardinal answered with the game-winning goal a minute later to claim the Pacific-10 Conference victory at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium on Friday afternoon.

The Beavers (6-7-1) surrendered an early Stanford goal on a cross pass to the far post from Matt Moses to Luke Rust at 19:15, then played the Cardinal even until Albert's score.

'I was pretty upset with Stanford's first goal,' OSU head coach Dana Taylor said. 'Our scouting report said everything they do is going to be knocked back post, and we knew that first ball was going back post. First of all, we allowed them to knock the ball across the middle, and every one stopped and let their men beat them to their space. Then the guy taps it into the net.'

'I think we have a concentration problem at times,' Taylor said. 'The truth of the matter is that a lot of the mistakes that we make are things that take time to learn to read each other and what their teammates are doing.'

When it appeared that Stanford (12-1-1) may have had the game in hand with time winding down, the Beavers broke out of their own end of the field on a counter-attack. Albert gained control of the ball on the Stanford half of the field and blasted a shot from 15 yards, the shot deflected off a Cardinal defender and rolled past Stanford goalkeeper Adam Zapala at 85:13.The score was Albert's second of the year, and just the fourth allowed by Zapala this season. Zapala had a 0.22 goals-against average coming into the contest.

The Cardinal recaptured the lead when defender Todd Dunivant raced down the left side and launched a crossing pass that was headed in by Sean Sylvis.

'There were a lot of people that didn't take their marking assignments seriously,' Taylor said. 'The second goal, we missed our assignment right in the middle of the field. Their player ran towards the middle of the goal and one of our players that was marking out wide had to pinch in to take him, then the ball goes to his man and back to the unmarked man. It was just one error after another.'

'I was telling the guys, Stanford likes to play back and then forward with diagonal balls, they like to get behind you that way. It's effective the way the play and they play to perfection. My hat's off to them.'

OSU's Peter Billmeyer, who had a 0.92 goals-against average coming into the game, saved three shots on the afternoon. The OSU defense allowed just five of the 19 total shots to be taken directly on goal. Offensively, the Beavers managed only 5 shots.

Oregon State plays host to UCLA at 2 p.m. on Sunday in a Pacific-10 contest at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.

STANFORD 2, OREGON STATE 1

Scoring:

STAN - Luke Rust (Matt Moses), 19:15

OSU - James Albert (unassisted), 85:13

STAN - Sean Sylvis (Todd Dunivant), 86:12

Summary:

SHOTS: Stanford 19, Oregon State 5, CORNER KICKS: Stanford 5, Oregon State 2, SAVES: Stanford

0, Oregon State 3, FOULS: Stanford 15, Oregon State 19.

Yellow Cards:

Stanford - Scott Leber (19:00)

Oregon State - Christian vanBlommestein (71:00)

Oregon State - Jesse Servin (84:00)

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