Men's Soccer Nets First Win As Beavs Down Sacramento State In 2 OT

Sept. 21, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

The Oregon State men's soccer team earned its first win of the season on Friday night, but it didn't come easily. The Beavers went down to the wire with Sacramento State in the OSU/Diadora Classic, getting five minutes into their second overtime before Aaron McHardy lofted a penalty kick high into the left corner of the net to boost the Beavers' record to 1-4-0 on the year.

After penetrating the Hornets' penalty box, McHardy was tripped from behind and Sacramento State was whistled for the foul that set up McHardy's score at 109:53, much to the delight of a crowd of 517. The score was McHardy's third of the year.

'It's always nice to get a win,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'We appreciated the fans' support tonight, it was great to be at home and to feel the excitement from the fans, especially in overtime.'

The Beavers, who have lost two overtime games this year and one in the final two minutes of the match, jumped out to an early lead when Ross Duncan cashed in on two precision touch passes from McHardy and Alex Close in the 16th minute. For Duncan, a Corvallis native, it was his second career goal and first of the year.

OSU took the 1-0 lead into halftime, but wouldn't hold it for long. In the 51st minute, the Hornets' Sean Luigs put away the first of his two goals on the night to knot the game at one when he blasted a shot from five yards past a diving Peter Billmeyer to set up a back and forth game from there on out.

Freshman A.J. Weber answered the call for the Beavers 14 minutes later, as he took a cross pass from Ignacio Cid on the left wing and found the back of the net for a 2-1 lead and his first career goal.

'We got a great goal from freshman A.J. Weber tonight, as well as terrific midfield play from Aaron McHardy,' Taylor commented. 'Chad Bartlome, another true freshman, also played extremely well for us up front tonight.'

Sean Luigs' penalty kick tied the game for the second time at 74:36, after which neither team could muster a serious threat in regulation.

After being on the other end of close games this year, Taylor can well empathize with Sacramento State.

'I feel for Sacramento State,' the third-year coach said. 'We've had two overtime losses and one in the last two minutes this year, so I know what they're going through right now.

'We didn't play our best soccer to-date tonight, but the guys battled, especially being one man down. That showed a lot of character and grit, so we're excited to finally pull out our first game. Now we need to regroup for Sunday.'

In goal, Billmeyer saved four shots for OSU, but also made fingertip catches of a few more Hornet crossing passes that had players in scoring position had they gone through.

Offensively, McHardy added to his team-leading point total with three on the night on his goal and assist, giving him seven points on the season.

The Beavers are back in action at home on Sunday, as the Diadora Classic continues at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium beginning with Gonzaga and Sacramento State at noon followed by OSU and San Diego State at approximately 2 p.m.

OREGON STATE 3, SACRAMENTO STATE 2, 2OT

Sacramento State 0 2 0 0 - 2

Oregon State 1 1 0 1 - 3

Scoring:OSU-Ross Duncan (Aaron McHardy/Alex Close), 15:59

SAC-Sean Luigs (unassisted), 50:58

OSU-A.J. Weber (Ignacio Cid), 64:27

SAC-Sean Luigs (penalty kick), 74:36

OSU-Aaron McHardy (penalty kick), 109:53

Summary:SHOTS: SAC 20, OSU 13. CORNER KICKS: SAC 5, OSU 5, SAVES: SAC 3, OSU 4, FOULS: SAC 24, OSU 24

Yellow Cards:

CSUS - Nick Whittaker (32:33)

OSU - Kurt Ness (53:48)

OSU - Brian Johnson (83:13)

OSU - Ross Duncan (99:01)

Red Cards:

OSU - Josh Boys (84:52)

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