Beavers Handle Pacific To Take Nike Invitational Title
Sept. 22, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
Stacey Mescher's third goal of the season gave the Oregon State women's soccer team a 1-0 win over previously undefeated Pacific (7-1-0) and propelled the Beavers to the OSU Nike Invitational title on Sunday.
OSU (5-1-2) had a 2-0 record on the weekend after defeating Wisconsin-Green Bay 4-1 on Friday.
In the day's first match, Oregon improved to 1-4-0 with a win over UW-GB (2-5-0) by a count of 4-2.
Mescher's score came in the 35th minute off a centering pass from Corvallis native Cara Miller. Mescher controlled the pass and sent a shot into the far upper corner from 20 yards out for the goal.
Fifteen minutes earlier, OSU's Lindsey Beem had an opportunity to give the Beavers an early advantage on a penalty kick, but Pacific keeper Megan Pickering made a diving save on Beem's shot that was headed toward the right corner of the net.
OSU survived a frenzy of offense from Pacific in the closing minutes, as the Tigers kept the ball in OSU's half for most of the last two minutes.
Pacific's best chance came with 30 seconds left when the ball was loose five yards in front of the net, but Mescher made a sliding kick to clear the threat just before the Tigers closed on the ball.
Overall, OSU outshot the Tigers on the day 24-12, and controlled the game with precise passing and good scoring opportunities throughout. The Beavers forced 10 saves from Pickering on the day.
'They put a little pressure on in the last couple of minutes, but I felt that we were in control of the game throughout,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'We passed the ball very well today, which is something we've been talking about throughout the year.
'Having Morgan Crabtree back in the midfield helped a great deal. We haven't had her services for four games now, and she's widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Pac-10. So that was a big plus.'
With the win, OSU ran its unbeaten streak to five games.
'This was an all-around good performance,' Fennah said. 'Stacie Mescher looked dangerous again today, and she delivered a very high-caliber goal.'
The win sets OSU up for its remaining three non-conference games - all of which will be played in Corvallis.
The Beavers host Air Force at 4 p.m. this Friday, and Portland at 2 p.m. on Sunday. OSU is now two games into a seven-game homestand.
'We're coming together nicely,' Fennah said. 'We're near the halfway point in the season, and I think we're in a good position. Anytime you beat an undefeated team like Pacific, that's a good result.'
OSU's Stacie Mescher and Jo Fletcher were named the tournament's outstanding offensive player and outstanding goalkeeper, respectively. Pacific's Becky Moffit earned defensive honors.
In the day's first game, Oregon jumped out to a 3-0 advantage over UW-GB in the first 15 minutes on the strength of two scores from Amanda Orand and one from Kelly Baird. Orand totaled five points on the day.
The Phoenix's Katie Uhalt brought UW-GB within 3-1 in the 62nd minute, but Kaitlin Gamble made it 4-1 a minute later.
UW-GB's Katie Norman capitalized on a penalty kick to make the final score 4-2.
OREGON STATE 1, PACIFIC 0
Pacific 0 0 - 0
Oregon State 1 0 - 1
SHOTS: PACIFIC 12, OSU 24; CORNERS: PACIFIC 5, OSU 4; SAVES: PACIFIC 10, OSU 4; FOULS: PACIFIC10, OSU 14.
OREGON 4, WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY 2
Oregon 3 1 - 4
UW-Green Bay 0 2 - 2
UO - Amanda Orand (unassisted), 10:24
UO - Kelly Baird (Amanda Orand), 12:59
UO - Amanda Orand (Christan Higa), 14:10
UWGB - Katie Uhalt (Angie Barrato), 61:05
UO - Caitlin Gamble (Jessica Fetzer), 62:32
UWGB - Katie Norman (penalty kick), 77:45