Men's Soccer Shuts Out No. 12 Tulsa, 3-0

Sept. 15, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Peter Billmeyer and the rest of the Oregon State defense kept the No. 12 Tulsa Hurricane at bay while the Beaver offense tallied three goals to capture a 3-0 win on Sunday at Lorenz Field in the final match of the OSU/Diadora Classic.

OSU goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer was named the tournament MVP for his two shuouts on the weekend, and with its wins over California-Riverside and Tulsa, OSU claimed the tournament championship.

UC-Riverside notched a 3-0 shutout of Gonzaga in the first game of the day.

OSU, off to its best start in eight years with a 4-1-0 mark, outshot the Hurricane 12-5 in the first half, but had to settle for a scoreless tie at the break.

In the second half, the Beavers broke the tie in the 57th minute when Joe Zaher lobbed a free kick over Tulsa's back line to Ryan Smith. With UT keeper Brent Salter charging, Smith headed the ball into the right corner for a 1-0 advantage.

The Beavers - who couldn't capitalize on a few quality scoring chances in the first frame, broke through again in the second half when freshman Ryan Johnson recorded his first career goal at 77:05 for a 2-0 advantage.

Coming on a counter attack, Aaron McHardy launched a shot from 20 yards that was blocked by Salter. Johnson followed the attack and calmly sent a shot into the back of the net off the rebound.

The Beaver defense was solid throughout, and when all was said and done, allowed just 12 shots for the game, with only two coming on goal. The Beavers outshot UT (4-1-0) 14-7 in the second half.

'I thought our team played very strong, sound defense today,' OSU head coach Dana Taylor said. 'We had quite a few chances in the attacking half of the field, but we weren't very sharp in the first half with our chances.'

Zaher netted the game's final score in the final minute, following his own shot that was blocked and putting the loose ball away.

Zaher nearly scored on the same scenario earlier in the half, when his header hit the far post and his follow-up shot went just wide. Zaher and McHardy led the Beavers with six shots on the afternoon.

On the defensive end, Billmeyer was forced to make just two saves on the day - his lowest save total since a 4-1 win over San Diego State on Sept. 23 of 2001.

Though the Hurricane had only two shots on goal, UT created several threats throughout the match.

'We may have had the ball a little more in the first half, but it was a pretty even game, other than missing our chances,' Taylor said. 'At halftime, I told our guys that we need to take care of the those chances in front of the net.'

Despite OSU's 26-12 shot total, the game never seemed secure until the final minutes, as Tulsa brought an extra man forward.

'It was wonderful to see, but the game wasn't really a 3-0 game,' Taylor said. 'Like all teams, when you're down, you have to put a man forward, which is what Tulsa did. There are always counter-attacks, which is how we got our last goal.

'Tom (Tulsa head coach Tom McIntosh) has a great team, but it was just nice to see the guys come away with a win.'

After only five games, OSU has shut out three opponents, bettering last year's total of two shutouts in 17 games.

With a 4-1-0 mark, Taylor has the Beavers off to their best start since OSU went 7-0-1 to start the 1994 season.

While the Beavers faced a physical challenge from Tulsa on the field, where a total of 43 fouls were called, OSU was faced with an emotional challenge off the pitch. The team attends a service for their late teammate Stephen Hensor on Monday. Hensor passed away on Aug. 30 after a year-long battle with liver cancer.

The service will be held Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the banquet room of the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The public is welcome to attend.

'That was an emotional win,' Taylor said. 'At the end of the game, you could see a lot of people excited, but that wasn't normal.

'We wanted to win this tournament so badly for Stephen Hensor, so it was a very emotional win as well as a physical battle.'

In the first game of the day, UC-Riverside got second-half scores from Matt Bush, Nick Supergan, and Juan Gutierrez to earn a 3-0 win over Gonzaga.

The Beavers now embark on a three-game road trip to New York, where they will face Marist on Sept. 20, followed by games at Siena on Sept. 22 and the Unversity of Albany on Sept. 25.

OREGON STATE 3, NO. 12 TULSA 0

Tulsa 0 0 - 0

Oregon State 0 3 - 0

Scoring:

OSU - Ryan Smith (Joe Zaher), 56:55

OSU - Ryan Johnson (Aaron McHardy), 77:05

OSU - Joe Zaher (unassisted), 89:15

Summary:

SHOTS: UT 12, OSU 26; CORNERS: UT 4, OSU 4; SAVES: UT 2, OSU 2; FOULS: UT 21, OSU 22.

Cautions:

OSU - Chad Bartlome, 32:25

UT - James Dabney, 44:43

UT - Derek Meyers, 50:03

OSU - Peter Billmeyer, 73:37

UT - Mario Gonzales, 74:29

OSU - Kevin Atkinson, 86:00

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