McHardy Nets 10th Goal As Men's Soccer Battles No. 3 Stanford But Falls 3-1

The Oregon State men's soccer team dropped its final match of the year in a home contest to No. 3 Stanford by a final score of 3-1 on Sunday afternoon, but was within inches of scoring several more goals on the day.

OSU had four shots hit the cross bar, and two others sailed just inches wide of the goal in a physical match on a muddy Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium that saw the Beavers give the Cardinal all they wanted. In all, two red cards and three yellow cards were issued, along with a total of 34 fouls.

'The guys gave a great effort today,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'It was a game filled with missed opportunities for us. That's been a common problem throughout the year. That's what's hard, is knowing they've given it their all and then came up short.'

The Beavers (5-12-0, 1-7-0 Pac-10) fell behind early when Pac-10 Player of the Year Roger Levesque sent home a shot at the four-minute mark off a cross pass from Taylor Graham to give Stanford a 1-0 lead.

OSU battled the Cardinal (16-1-1, 6-1-1) the rest of the first half, fending off Stanford opportunities while getting off a few near misses of their own to keep the margin at 1-0 at the break.

Johanes Maliza put Stanford up 2-0 in the 61st minute. Matt Moses led Maliza with a pass up the right side of the field which OSU keeper Peter Billmeyer charged but couldn't break up. Maliza corralled the pass and capitalized by sending a shot into the right corner of the net.

A Todd Dunivant penalty kick put the Cardinal up 3-0 at the 69-minute mark.

'Their first goal came on a misclear and we were out of position,' Taylor said. 'I thought we had all the momentum up until Alex (Close) got his red card, but even then we battled back. Billmeyer gave a courageous effort today, everybody worked very hard.'

Aaron McHardy netted his Pac-10-leading 10th goal of the year in the final minute when Ignacio Cid led him with a cross pass after beating a pair of defenders down the left sideline. Cid lofted a high pass that McHardy headed in for the final of 3-1.

McHardy tallied 23 points on the year on 10 goals and three assists. His 10 goals rank him fourth on OSU's all-time season goals list, and his 23 points tie him for fifth in that category.

Billmeyer battled through a second-half leg injury for OSU, making three saves and breaking up numerous crossing passes. The sophomore ended the season with a school-record 97 saves, breaking Bryan Hill's 1999 mark of 95.

Despite the 5-12 record, the Beavers were on the verge of a much better mark this year, as eight of the losses were by one goal.

'Our guys have shown true grit and determination,' Taylor said of his team. 'That's a reflection of their character. They worked hard all year.

'Today, we proved we can play with one of the top teams in the country, even though it was 3-1. It's a reflection of the way they've played all year - they battled and persevered. This team will continue to grow and persevere.'

STANFORD 3, OREGON STATE 1

Stanford 1 2 - 3

Oregon State 0 1 - 1

Scoring:

STAN - Roger Levesque (Taylor Graham), 4:00

STAN - Johanes Maliza (Matt Moses), 60:52

STAN - Todd Dunivant (Penalty kick), 69:00

OSU - Aaron McHardy (Ignacio Cid), 89:31

Summary:

SHOTS: Stanford 17 (Biddle 1, Levesque 1, Dunivant 2, Moses 3, Geiger 1 Wilson 1, Maliza 3, Fernandez 2, Morrison 1, Twellman 1, Janusz 1), Oregon State 14 (Roth 4, McHardy 2, Duncan 1, Cid 1, Atkinson 3, Close 3). CORNER KICKS: Stanford 3, Oregon State 3. SAVES: Stanford 3 (Terris 3), Oregon State 3 (Billmeyer 3). FOULS: Stanford 13, Oregon State 21. OFFSIDE: Stanford 3, Oregon State 3.

Cards:

OSU - Yellow, Christian vanBlommestein, 9:05

OSU - Yellow, Kevin Atkinson, 18:12

STAN - Red, Roger Levesque, 21:03

OSU - Red, Alex Close, 57:35

OSU - Yellow, Brian Johnson, 58:41

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