OSU Pounds Marist, 6-2

The Oregon State men's soccer team began its three-game road swing through the state of New York with a 6-2 win over Marist on Friday night, improving its record to 5-1-0 on the year and dropping Marist to 0-4-0.

The Beavers scored early and often, with Alan Gordon and Aaron McHardy netting goals in the first seven minutes to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead.

Ryan Johnson gave OSU a 3-0 cushion at 32:46 with a lob shot from 18 yards out before Marist's Bruno Machado scored the first of his two goals at 42:05 to make it 3-1.Gordon struck again just before halftime to send the Beavers to the break with a 4-1 bulge.

'One of our goals was to finish our early scoring chances, and to be up 2-0 after six minutes means you're taking care of your opportunities,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said.

'The match got a bit out of hand midway through the first half, and I think the guys let up a little. They may have felt they had the game in hand early on, and I think as a result, we didn't see one of our better defensive efforts.'

Kevin Atkinson netted a pair of shots in the second half to give OSU a 6-1 advantage with 31 minutes to play.

Machado scored Marist's final goal at 65:53.

Four of OSU's scores were assisted; in the first half, Matt Johnson set up Gordon's first score, and Gordon dished a pass to McHardy for his tally. Gordon was the recipient of a Ryan Johnson cross on his second net ball, which he headed in at 43:19.

In the second half, it was Ross Duncan leaving a pass for Atkinson that set up the senior's second score of the game and the final OSU tally.

'We had a lot of guys on the scoresheet,' Taylor said. 'But as we get closer to Pac-10 play, we need to be much sharper as a team.

'Still though, hats off to the guys for making a 3,000-mile trip and getting the result. That's what we wanted to do.'

The six goals by OSU was the most in a game since Taylor's first season, when the Beavers recorded a 6-2 win over Cal Poly in 1999.

Against Marist, players new to OSU's active roster this year accounted for nine of the team's 16 points, and are responsible for 27 of OSU's 48 points on the season.

After six matches last year, the Beavers were faced with a 2-4 record and had given up 11 goals. OSU has surrendered six goals in six games thus far in 2002, while totaling 17 scores themselves and amassing a 5-1 mark.

Leading the way in the scoring category is junior transfer Alan Gordon, who now has 11 points on five goals and one assist.

Notably absent from OSU's starting lineup Friday was junior sweeper Christian vanBlommestein, who sat out the game due to an injury sustained in Sunday's 3-0 win over No. 12 Tulsa. VanBlommestein is questionable for the remainder of the trip.

Freshman goalkeeper Matt LaMont saw the first action of his career when he replaced Peter Billmeyer in the 70th minute. He shut out Marist over the final 20 minutes.

OSU continues its New York trip with a match at Siena on Sept. 22, and finishes up on Sept. 25 against Albany.

OREGON STATE 6, MARIST 2

Oregon State 4 2 - 6

Marist 1 1 - 2

Scoring:

OSU - Alan Gordon (Matt Johnson), 5:04

OSU - Aaron McHardy (Alan Gordon), 6:07

OSU - Ryan Johnson (unassisted), 32:46

MC - Bruno Machado (Ricky Cusano), 42:05

OSU - Alan Gordon (Ryan Johnson), 43:19

OSU - Kevin Atkinson (unassisted), 51:48

OSU - Kevin Atkinson (Ross Duncan), 58:47

MC - Bruno Machado (unassisted), 65:53

Summary:

SHOTS: OSU 21, MC 9; CORNERS: OSU 8, MC 3; SAVES: OSU 2, MC 11; FOULS: OSU 14, MC 15

Cautions:

OSU - Alan Gordon, 13:48

MC - Benjamin Castor, 49:21

Ejections:

Marist head coach, 64:09

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