Beavers Defend Home Turf Against UC-Riverside, 2-0 In Diadora Classic

Sept. 13, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

The Oregon State men's soccer team captured a 2-0 win over California-Riverside in OSU's home-opener on Monday in the second game of the Diadora Classic. The Beavers improved to 3-1-0 on the year.

Tulsa (4-0-0), OSU's opponent this Sunday, notched a 2-1 comeback win over Gonzaga (1-3-0) in the tournament's first match.

The Beavers jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Alan Gordon knocked home his third goal of the year at 20:03, and were in control for much of the first half.

Gordon's shot was set up by a pass from the right wing from Kurt Ness to Aaron McHardy, who slipped the ball past the last Highlander defender to Gordon on the left side, leaving the junior with a 1-on-1 shot.

The Beavers had a chance to put the game away early in the first half, as they had shots from within the box throughout the first 45 minutes.

'We didn't play our best soccer today, but I am proud of the guys for getting a good win and a shutout,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said of the team's second shutout in four games.

'California-Riverside is a very good team. They're a young team that's up-and-coming, and is off to a good start this year, too,' Taylor said. 'Any time you can pull a shutout win at home, that's good, especially against a quality opponent.'

Aaron McHardy iced the game and swung the momentum back in OSU's favor in the 71st minute, taking a Kevin Atkinson centering pass off the right wing and heading it past a diving Luc Harrington in goal for a 2-0 lead.

The score was McHardy's second of the year, tying him for sixth on OSU's all-time goals list with 16. He is also tied for ninth on OSU's points list with 37.

Peter Billmeyer made eight saves in the game, seven of them coming in the second half when Riverside mounted some scoring opportunities, outshooting OSU 11-5 in the final 45 minutes. OSU held a 16-14 shot advantage for the game.

OSU's 3-and-1 start equals the best start OSU has had during Taylor's tenure. OSU began the 2000 season 3-1 - a start which included a 2-1 win over Sunday's opponent, Tulsa (4-0).

In the day's first game, Tulsa topped Gonzaga 2-1 after falling behind 1-0 in the first half when Gonzaga's Nick Ascolese scored off a setup by Taylor McCool.

Tulsa put the pressure on in the second half, outshooting the Bulldogs 12-6 and getting scores from Kyle Brown at 67:06 and Ryan Pore at 85:55.

Pore's shot nearly didn't happen, as a GU defender came within inches of heading James Dabney's crossing pass clear of the box. He missed, giving Pore a one-on-one opportunity for the win.

The Diadora Classic resumes Sunday, with Gonzaga taking on UC-Riverside at 11:30, and OSU hosting Tulsa at 2 p.m.

OREGON STATE 2, UC-RIVERSIDE 0

UC-Riverside 0 0 - 0

Oregon State 1 1 - 2

Scoring:

OSU - Alan Gordon (Kurt Ness, Aaron McHardy), 20:03.

OSU - Aaron McHardy (Kevin Atkinson), 55:48

Summary:

SHOTS: UCR 14, OSU 16; CORNERS: UCR 3, OSU 7; SAVES: UCR 6, OSU 8; FOULS: UCR 17, OSU 16.

Cautions:

OSU - Matt Johnson, 49:42.

UCR - Steven Vasquez, 54:48.

OSU - Kurt Ness, 55:48.

OSU - Daniel Smith, 72:37.

TULSA 2, GONZAGA 1

Tulsa 0 2 - 2

Gonzaga 1 0 - 1

Scoring:

GU - Nick Ascolese (Taylor McCool), 34:38.

UT - Kyle Brown (Brent Salter), 67:06.

UT - Ryan Pore (James Dabney), 85:55.

Summary:

SHOTS: UT 19, GU 12; CORNERS: UT 3, GU 7; SAVES: UT 3, GU 3; FOULS: UT 14, GU 13.

Cautions:

UT - Ryan Pore, 55:00

UT - J.J. Havlik, 60:00

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