Beavs Complete New York Sweep With 5-0 Win Over Albany

The Oregon State men's soccer team got its fifth shutout in eight games on Wednesday with a 5-0 win over the University at Albany (4-3-0), improving on its best start since 1994 with a 7-1-0 mark and upping its win streak to five. OSU went 7-0-1 in 1994.

OSU completed its three-game trip through New York with wins over Marist (6-2 score), Siena (1-0), and Albany (5-0).

The Beavers, ranked 10th in the NSCAA Far West regional poll, grabbed the early lead with a score from Joe Zaher off a Ross Duncan pass in the fourth minute.

After 27 scoreless minutes, the Beavers added two more goals before halftime for a 3-0 cushion.

Alan Gordon set up the first of Aaron McHardy's two goals on the day at 30:49, and Chad Bartlome followed in the 42nd minute with a score off a pass from Matt Johnson.

'This was a great team effort from the starters and the bench,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'We had a great energy level and a good deal of enthusiasm and effort.

'We finished our opportunities early and played sound defense throughout the game. I'm very excited for the guys - Albany is a good team,' Taylor said of the squad that was ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA New York region poll.

In the second half, Alan Gordon tallied his team-leading seventh goal of the year off a dish from Joe Zaher to make the count 4-0 with 20 minutes to play. Gordon, last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, has already moved into 10th on the school's season goals list in just eight games.

McHardy's second score at 78:35 gave the Beavers the final 5-0 margin thanks to assists from Ryan Johnson and Clay Carnahan, who notched his first career point on the play.

The Beavers also matched the school record with their six assists on the day.

McHardy came close to the second hat trick of his career on a penalty kick, but came up short when UA keeper Bouna Coundol dove to his left to make one of his 11 saves on the day. Kevin Atkinson's rebound shot was denied as well.

Following Sunday's shutout of Siena, the Beavers ventured to Ground Zero in Manhattan. The team also experienced Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, and NBC Studios.

'We were greatly moved by the experience at Ground Zero,' Taylor said. 'It was an absolutely incredible moment. The whole trip was amazing; it's something we'll have with us for the rest of our lives.'

The Beavers, who shut out Siena and Albany on the trip, now have five shutouts in eight games on the year, which is two off the school record set in 1990. OSU added to its .057 shutout percentage, which was tied for 10th nationally coming into Wednesday.

The Beavers have capitalized on scoring chances early and late in games, totaling 23 goals through eight contests to match last year's 17-game season total. Twenty-three goals is also the most OSU has ever scored in the first eight games of a season.

OSU's 66 points also tops the 2001 total of 61.

Defensively, OSU's six goals-allowed in eight games is the least amount of scores surrendered in an eight-game span since 1998.

OSU has a week off before its Oct. 2 showdown with Portland at 2 p.m. in Corvallis.

'We're looking forward to getting back home and playing in front of our own fans,' Taylor said. 'We're also looking forward to the task of taking on Portland on Wednesday.'

OREGON STATE 5, ALBANY 0

Oregon State 3 2 - 5

Albany 0 0 - 0

Scoring:

OSU - Joe Zaher (Ross Duncan), 3:23

OSU - Aaron McHardy (Alan Gordon), 30:49

OSU - Chad Bartlome (Matt Johnson), 41:14

OSU - Alan Gordon (Joe Zaher), 69:49

OSU - Aaron McHardy (Ryan Johnson, Clay Carnahan), 78:35

Summary:

SHOTS: OSU 24, UA 16; CORNERS: OSU 4, UA 9; SAVES: OSU 6, UA 11; FOULS: OSU 16, UA 19.

Cautions:

UA - Rodrigo Marion, 59:43

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