Men's Soccer Knocks Off No. 17 UCLA, 2-1
Oct. 22, 2000
CORVALLIS, Ore. - - The Oregon State men's soccer team got an early goal from Aaron McHardy and a late score from Josh Elbaum to secure a 2-1 upset win over the No. 17 UCLA Bruins on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers earned their first Pacific-10 Conference victory of the season in front of 525 fans at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the 76th minute, OSU's Justin Kirk streaked down the left sideline after the Beavers broke out of their own half and delivered a precision crossing pass to Josh Elbaum. The freshman team co-captain headed it in at the far post for what proved to be the winning score.
'This was a great win for our program,' OSU head coach Dana Taylor said. 'We're starting to make a statement here. We can play with the best teams in the country and we can beat them. We want to play the best and we want to be one of the best.'
The Beavers (7-7-1 overall, 1-3-1 Pacific-10) bolted from the starting blocks with a quick goal by Aaron McHardy for a 1-0 lead at 2:44. The score came after a string of passes culminated with Ryan Smith rifling a shot off a pass from James Albert that was saved by UCLA goalkeeper D.J. Countess. However, Countess couldn't get a handle on the ball, and it rebounded in the air where McHardy headed it in before Countess could regain his footing.
UCLA (9-4-0, 1-4-0) countered quickly by capitalizing on a rebound that was put in the back of the net by Chadd Davis. McKinley Tennyson took a free kick that was blocked by OSU goalkeeper Mark Muleady. Muleady was unable to get a firm handle on the ball, and it leaked out in front of the goal where Davis pounced on it for the score.
OSU regained its composure and settled down, while both teams battled for momentum throughout the next 70 minutes until Elbaum's goal.
'Everyone played hard today,' Taylor said. 'We kept attacking and we kept our composure even though we gave up the quick score right after our first goal.
'The crowd was a big factor today,' Taylor continued. 'They were chanting and cheering, that's what it's all about. It definitely gave our team a spark. I appreciate the enthusiasm and energy they brought to the game today.'
Albert and Smith were credited with assists on McHardy's goal, while Kirk earned an assist on Elbaum's game-winner. McHardy and Elbaum now share the team lead for goals scored with four apiece, while Albert and Kirk have three assists apiece - tops on the team.
OSU's win over UCLA was the first in the history of the series between the two schools. The game also marked the first time the teams competed in Corvallis, the first meeting was played at a neutral site, and the last five were held in Los Angeles.
OSU avenged a 4-1 defeat at the hands of UCLA on Oct. 13. The Bruins now hold a 6-1-0 advantage in the series.
Muleady saved three shots on the afternoon for OSU, while his counterpart, Countess, saved 6. OSU's defense allowed just four of UCLA's 13 total shots to be taken directly on goal, while the Beavers put 8 of their 19 attempts on goal.
Oregon State will be back in action when they travel to Berkeley, Calif., to take on the California Golden Bears on Friday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. OSU and Cal played to a 1-1 tie on Oct. 6 in Corvallis.
The Beavers play host to Gonzaga in a non-league match on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 12 noon as part of a double-header with the Oregon State women's squad, which plays host to Washington State directly after the men's game.
OREGON STATE 2, UCLA 1
STAN - Chadd Davis (McKinley Tennyson), 5:55.
SHOTS: UCLA 13, OSU 19, CORNER KICKS: UCLA 8, OSU 5, SAVES: UCLA 6, OSU 3, FOULS: UCLA 23, OSU20.
UCLA - McKinley Tennyson (76:00)
OSU - Stephen Hensor (85:00)