McHardy Leads Beavs In 5-0 Pounding Of Western Washington
Oct. 19, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
Aaron McHardy came up with the first hat trick in six seasons for Oregon State, as the junior rang up three goals and dished out an assist in Oregon State's 5-0 shutout of a strong Western Washington (7-8-1) squad on Friday afternoon at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.
The Beavers (4-6-0, 0-1-0 Pacific-10) seized an early lead at the 2:56 mark when Chad Bartlome took a touch pass from McHardy on a give-and-go and launched a shot across the face of the goal from 15 yards that found the back of the net.
After a bit of a lull, McHardy netted his first goal on the day at 22:05 en route to tying a Lorenz Field points record with seven. Junior transfer Kevin Atkinson led McHardy with a precision crossing pass that McHardy sent back across the goal into the far corner for a 2-0 halftime lead.
The Beavers' efforts on both sides of the ball pleased head coach Dana Taylor, who saw his squad handle a very good Viking team that tied Gonzaga in Spokane last weekend.
'I'm definitely pleased with the guys today,' the third-year head coach said. 'Anytime you score three minutes into the match, that means you're focused and are concentrating. I was really proud of my guys putting five goals in the back of the net against a quality team. Our runs were a little bit sharper today, and we had some great one-twos that lead to some goals.'
With the OSU defense pitching its first shutout of the year and Peter Billmeyer saving seven shots, the offense went to work again in the second half, scoring three goals in a span of 17 minutes beginning with Ignacio Cid's second score of the season in the 63rd minute.
Ryan Smith gave Cid a through-ball that the sophomore lobbed just over Viking keeper Darin Laier's hands from 20 yards out for the 3-0 advantage.
After that, it was McHardy punching in two more tallies, one coming on an assist by freshman A.J. Weber and the other on a rebound off a flurry of shots on the Viking goal.
McHardy became the first Beaver to record three goals since Dominick Conti put three away on Sept. 7, 1996. The Vancouver, B.C., native came into the game tied for second in the Pac-10 in goals with five and tied for third in points with 11.
Billmeyer, who entered the weekend ranked second in the conference with 49 saves, now has 56 on the year, just one shy of his total last season. Laier, his Viking counterpart, had 10 saves on the day.
OSU now looks to carry their momentum from Friday's win into its matchup with Pac-10 rival UCLA in the Beavers' conference home-opener on Sunday at noon. UCLA downed then-No. 2 Stanford last weekend.
'Our first shutout of the year came at a great time going into Pac-10s,' Taylor said. 'I was proud of the way our guys battled and played very solid.
'The thing our guys have to do against UCLA is that they've got to get their touches sharper. Even though we scored quickly today, there was a span where we had some more opportunities and our touch wasn't as sharp as it could have been.
'UCLA is an extremely skilled team and is very confident. The team that wins will be the team that grinds it out for 90 minutes and capitalizes on the other team's mistakes.'
OREGON STATE 5, WESTERN WASHINGTON 0
Western Washington 0 0 - 0
Oregon State 2 3 - 5
OSU - Aaron McHardy (unassisted), 79:22
SHOTS: WWU 16, OSU 26, CORNER KICKS: WWU 5, OSU 9, SAVES: WWU 10, OSU 7, FOULS: WWU 17, OSU 22Cards: none
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