Men's Soccer Drops San Diego State 4-1

Sept. 23, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

The Oregon State men's soccer team used a second-half offensive explosion to put away a San Diego State (0-4-1) squad by a count of 4-1 on Sunday at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium to claim the Diadora Classic Title for the first time in OSU's history.

Neither team had scored by halftime, but the score could very easily have been at least 2-2, as both squads missed scoring opportunities by inches.

After a halftime talk from head coach Dana Taylor stressing that the Beavers needed to relax when in scoring position, the Beavers (2-4-0) came out blazing, setting a team record with 39 shots on the day, 28 of which came in the second half. The old record was 33, set on Oct. 13, 1990 against Gonzaga.

'We had a talk at halftime, and we really emphasized concentrating on relaxing when they got in scoring position,' Taylor said. 'We wanted to concentrate on the final touch before they let it go. We were a step away in the first half, but we told them to keep working and keep getting to the goal.'

Aaron McHardy took heed, finding the back of the net in the 48th minute off a setup from Kurt Ness and Kevin Atkinson. As Atkinson sprinted up the sideline, Ness offered a lead pass that Atkinson sent across the goal to McHardy, who headed it back to the far post against his momentum for the first score of the game.

After 23 scoreless minutes, A.J. Weber took a loose ball in front of the net and scored his second goal in as many games for the Beavs.

Alex Close followed Weber's goal a minute later at the 71:15 mark on another loose ball in front of the net for his first goal of the season and a 3-0 cushion.

SDSU's goal came in the 77:20 mark, when Kevin Sapanli scored on a rebound off the crossbar, which left the goal open after OSU's Peter Billmeyer made a play on the first shot.

OSU responded and quelled any doubt about the outcome, as Kevin Atkinson notched his first career goal as a Beaver at 79:33 off a pass from Nick Donaldson, giving the Beavers their final cushion of 4-1.

With OSU's 4-1 win Sunday and a 3-2 victory on Friday over Sacramento State, the Beavers' seven goals over the weekend marked the most goals in a two-game span since Oct. 31-Nov. 7, 1999, when the Beavers tallied eight goals in games against Cal Poly and Washington.

'A lot of players played very well tonight,' Taylor said. 'I didn't think we showed our true colors on Friday night, and the players wanted to come out and show the fans that support us that we can knock the ball around. I'm very proud of the way we worked and finished today.'

The last time OSU scored four goals in a game was exactly one year ago today on Sept. 23, 2000, when the Beavers beat UC-Santa Barbara 4-2.

Peter Billmeyer went the distance in goal for the Beavs, earning his second win of the year, as OSU is now on a two-game winning streak. The sophomore saved two shots on the afternoon, with the defense doing a fine job of keeping SDSU attackers from mounting a threat for much of the match.

OSU outshot SDSU 39-10 on the afternoon, and 11 of OSU's shots were saved by SDSU's Brian Barnes, who also went 90 minutes in goal.

The Beavers' next action will be this Friday, Sept. 28, when they take on Cal St.-Northridge, as the Diadora Classic continues next weekend. The Beavers kick off at approximately 4 p.m., following the Gonzaga-Valparaiso match at 2 p.m.

In Sunday's first match, Gonzaga and Sacramento State went to overtime before GU's Abbas Faridnia put a penalty kick away at 95:37 for the win. Mike McCarthy went the distance in goal for the Bulldogs, earning his second win of the tournament.

OREGON STATE 4, SAN DIEGO STATE 1

San Diego State 0 1 - 1

Oregon State 0 4 - 4

Scoring:

OSU- Aaron McHardy (Kurt Ness, Kevin Atkinson), 47:52

OSU- A.J. Weber (unassisted), 70:16

OSU- Alex Close (unassisted), 71:15

SDSU- Kevin Sapanli (unassisted), 77:20

OSU- Kevin Atkinson (Nick Donaldson), 79:33

Summary:

SHOTS: SDSU 10, OSU 39, CORNER KICKS: SDSU 8, OSU 11, SAVES: SDSU 11, OSU 2, FOULS: SDSU 19, OSU 20

Yellow Cards:

OSU- Christian vanBlommestein (26:25)

SDSU- John Mack (37:18)

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