Men's Soccer Earns Big Win Over CS-Northridge, 3-2

Sept. 30, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Peter Billmeyer saved 10 shots and Oregon State got scores from three different players as the Beavers fought back from a 2-1 halftime deficit to claim a 3-2 win over Cal State-Northridge on Sunday in the OSU/Diadora Classic at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.

OSU (3-5-0) has now won three of its last four games as it heads into Pac-10 play on Oct. 13 at Washington. The Beavers' offense has exploded over that span, tallying 11 goals, OSU scored just three goals in its first four games.

Early in the first half, Alex Close and Ignacio Cid hooked up on an indirect kick in the ninth minute when Cid headed in his first career goal off of Close's third assist of the season to give the Beavers a quick 1-0 lead.

Northridge's Yossi Raz put CSUN back in the driver's seat by halftime, as he netted a goal off an Edwin Miranda corner kick in the 17th minute, then followed that with a penalty kick conversion at 29:34.

The Beavers fended off several Matador attacks in the second half, as OSU's Peter Billmeyer saved eight shots in the stanza and the defense stiffened and played 45 minutes of shutout soccer.

'One of the reason's Peter is a captain is that he has fortitude and strength to work through difficult situations,' third-year OSU coach Dana Taylor said of his team co-captain goalkeeper. 'He was hurt coming into the game with a leg injury, then he added to that by getting kicked in the face (in Friday's match against Valparaiso) and spending the majority of the night in the hospital. He came out and re-injured his leg today on a play, yet was still able to keep his focus and make a great save at the end of the game to keep us in it. That's what it's all about.

'That's the backbone of this team. The team has really learned to be a team and to look over their shoulders for each other and be there for each other.'

With the defense busy stuffing CSUN opportunities in the second half, the offense came to life as Aaron McHardy put away his fifth goal of the season on a penalty kick at 53:04 to tie the match. McHardy is now 3-3 on penalty kicks this year and leads the team with 11 points.

With the score tied in the 58th minute, Kevin Atkinson took control of the ball above the Matador box, maintained possession after a collision that sent two Matador defenders to the ground, and sent a blistering shot low past CSUN goalie Joe Barton for the game-winning goal at 57:40. Atkinson has two goals this season since transferring from Green River Junior College last spring.

'I would say Kevin Atkinson is starting to find his form,' Taylor said of the junior. 'Let's not forget, he's a junior college transfer, and this is only his sixth Division I game.

'Also, Nacho (freshman Ignacio Cid), who has been doing everything but putting the ball in the back of the net, has finally taken care of that statistic by putting his first goal in.

'Now it's all forward from here on. I'm expecting this team to really compete at a whole new level like you haven't seen going into the Pac-10.'

Taylor also complemented the play of the midfield and the backs on Sunday. 'In the midfield, Ben Roth - he's our utility guy. He plays left back when we need him to, he plays wide, he plays up top, the only position, and we kid him, that he hasn't played is in goal. Today, he stepped into the midfield and won the battle, had composure, and was able to contribute offensively for us. Hats off to him - he really stepped it up.

'Ross Duncan, Kurt Ness, Josh Boys and Brian Johnson just gutted it up today (in the backfield), they just gutted it up. Without Christian (vanBlommestein, who sat out a red card on Sunday), one of our captains and leaders, just proves what people keep saying - that we have a very, very good team and we're deep there.

'I was pleased with everybody, I hope I didn't leave anybody out. It was a complete team effort. Everybody believed in each other today, and it was evident.

'I also want to thank the fans for their support. It was another very good crowd, and we could feel it.'

OSU's next action comes at Washington, when the Beavers open their Pac-10 slate on Oct. 13.

In the day's second match, Gonzaga claimed the Diadora Classic title with its 2-0 shutout of Valparaiso. Abbas Faridnia notched two goals on the day, one coming on a penalty kick at 81:28 and another with an assist from goalkeeper Mike McCarthy at 89:06.

OREGON STATE 3, CS-NORTHRIDGE 2

CSUN 2 0 - 2

Oregon State 1 2 - 3

Scoring:

OSU - Ignacio Cid (Alex Close), 8:42

CSUN - Yossi Raz (Edwin Miranda), 16:10

CSUN - Yossi Raz (penalty kick), 29:34

OSU - Aaron McHardy (penalty kick), 53:04

OSU - Kevin Atkinson (unassisted), 57:40

Summary:

SHOTS: CSUN 26, OSU 17, CORNER KICKS: CSUN 14, OSU 6, SAVES: CSUN 3, OSU 10, FOULS: CSUN 22, OSU 17, OFFSIDES: CSUN 6, OSU 2

Yellow Cards:

CSUN - Jason Leonard, 37:59

OSU - Brian Johnson, 67:30

OSU - Chad Bartlome, 71:51

CSUN - Josh Barton, 75:10

CSUN - Aaron Benditson, 85:51

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