Men's Soccer Drives No. 4 Stanford To 2 OT Before Falling 4-3

Nov. 12, 2000

STANFORD, Calif. - - The Oregon State men's soccer team, led by Josh Elbaum's two goals and one assist, put together its best offensive output in over a month, but came up shy of knocking off No. 4 Stanford in OSU's final game of the year on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers fell 4-3 in double overtime in Stanford, Calif., in Pacific-10 action.

With the game tied at the end of regulation, the teams battled through a scoreless first overtime period before the Cardinal's Corey Woolfolk sealed the game with his score at 1:09.26. The goal came after Derek Shanahan beat an OSU defender down the left sideline and delivered a pass to Woolfolk inside the penalty box where he scored the game-winner.

OSU's Stephen Hensor nearly put the game away with a shot that was saved by Stanford's Adam Zapala minutes earlier. The save was Zapala's lone save of the day.

'I thought it was one of the more exciting games we've played this year,' OSU head coach Dana Taylor said. 'It was a heartbreaking loss, but I'm extremely proud of the way our guys battled and left it all on the pitch today. This is a statement for the future of our program and where it's heading.'

OSU freshman team co-captain Josh Elbaum exploded offensively for two goals and an assist while helping OSU to a 2-0 lead in the first 13 minutes. Elbaum opened the game with a score at 4:09 off a pass from fellow freshman Jesse Servin. Servin dished the ball to Elbaum inside the box, and Elbaum beat a defender one-on-one for the opening goal.

OSU was able to connect on passes inside Stanford's box in the first half, as the Beavers kept the pressure on the Cardinal with a Justin Kirk goal less than nine minutes after their first score. Elbaum found Kirk for a close-range shot that gave the Beavers an early 2-0 advantage.

The Beavers, who finished their season 7-11-1 overall and 1-6-1 in the Pac-10, were facing pressure from Stanford's offense as well for most of the afternoon. The Cardinal (16-2-1) responded with a Corey Woolfolk goal at 15:14 when he headed in a Todd Dunivant cross pass from the right side. The teams went scoreless for the rest of the first half and went to the break with OSU leading 2-1.

OSU freshman goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer made seven saves on the afternoon as the Cardinal held a 25-10 advantage in shots and a 15-4 advantage in corner kicks. The teams' seven combined goals was the highest total in an OSU game this season.

'Elbaum and Billmeyer were incredible today,' Taylor said. 'The defense was extremely strong, it was a great team effort, but we just couldn't finish it out.'

OSU owned a 3-2 lead midway through the second stanza after Elbaum capitalized on a breakaway opportunity at 55:43 to answer Stanford's score four minutes earlier.

The lead was shortlived however, as Stanford's Scott Leber tied the contest at 3-3 at 62:31 off a Roger Leqesque pass to send the match to overtime.

Corey Woolfolk led the Cardinal with two goals, while Todd Dunivant chipped in two assists. Ryan Nelsen and Scott Leber had goals as well for Stanford, while Derek Shanahan added an assist.

The Beavers improved on last year's mark of 5-12-0 with a squad that included eight freshmen that played in over half of the team's matches. Seven of OSU's starters against Stanford were freshman, and three were sophomores.

STANFORD 4, OREGON STATE 3 (2 OT)

Scoring by halves:

Oregon State 2 1 0 0 - 3

Stanford 1 2 0 1 - 4

Scoring:

Oregon State - Josh Elbaum (Jesse Servin), 4:09

Oregon State - Justin Kirk (Josh Elbaum), 12:57

Stanford - Corey Woolfolk (Todd Dunivant), 15:14

Stanford - Ryan Nelsen (Todd Dunivant), 51:48

Oregon State - Josh Elbaum (unassisted), 55:43

Stanford - Scott Leber (Roger Levesque), 62:31

Stanford - Corey Woolfolk (Derek Shanahan), 1:09.26

Summary:

SHOTS: Oregon State 10, Stanford 25, CORNER KICKS: Oregon State 4, Stanford 15, SAVES: Oregon State 7, Stanford 1, FOULS: Oregon State 34, Stanford 17.

Yellow Cards:

Oregon State - Gavin Shak (40:47)

Stanford - Lee Morrison (60:23)

Oregon State - Justin Kirk (64:21)

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