Carter's First-Half Hat Trick Paves Way To 5-1 Win Over Air Force

Sept. 27, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Oregon State's Courtney Carter tallied three goals by the 25th minute of OSU's women's soccer match with Air Force on Sunday, paving the way to a 5-1 win in non-conference action at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.

The win improves the Beavers' (6-1-2) unbeaten streak to seven games, and sets up their showdown with No. 6 Portland in Corvallis on Sunday at 2 p.m.

OSU also ran its home record to 5-0-0 on the year, and has now won seven games in a row at Lorenz Field, dating back to a 2-1 win over No. 3 UCLA on Oct. 28 of last year.

Carter's goals were her first of the year, and her hat trick was also the first by an OSU player since Lindsey Beem put three shots away in last year's 4-1 Civil War win over Oregon on Nov. 4.

Carter's most impressive goal was her third, which she launched from roughly 20 yards out on the right wing after slipping past a defender. Carter's shot sailed to the far upper corner of the net at 24:29.

With her third score, Carter set the OSU standard for least time between goals by an individual, scoring 1 minute, 23 seconds after her second goal. Val Williams, OSU's all-time leader in goals scored, held the former mark at 1:41, set against San Diego State in 1994.

After her first score off a centering pass from Stacey Mescher at 14:14, Carter followed with a direct kick from 10 yards out to give the Beavers a 2-0 advantage at 23:06.

'It's special anytime someone gets three goals in a half,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said of Carter. 'In particular, the quality of her last goal was unbelievable. I thought it was one of the best goals we've seen on this field. It was fantastic.

'Courtney looked very lively. She's been playing well the last few weeks, and her confidence is high. She's doing a very, very good job.'

Sophomore Katie Magnuson recorded her first career goal in the 45th minute to give the Beavers a 5-0 cushion following Lindsey Beem's third goal of the season in the 32nd minute. Beem and Tessa Baker combined to set up Magnuson's score.

OSU's five goals were the most since a 5-2 win over Northern Arizona in 2000.

'I think anybody who has watched us play this year would have thought we should have been scoring more goals,' Fennah said. 'We needed a day like today where we came out and finished our opportunities.'

In the second half, Air Force's Cookie Day took advantage of a direct kick from 12 yards out to put the Falcons (4-5-0) on the board and make the score 5-1. Day blasted a ball into the upper right corner, just out of the reach of OSU's Alicia Artuso at the 77:25 mark.

The score was only the fifth given up by OSU in nine games this year; the Beavers own a 17-5 advantage in goals.

Artuso replaced starting keeper Jo Fletcher in the 56th minute and went on to record three saves in her OSU debut. Several OSU reserves saw significant time in the second half.

'It was good to have everybody play,' Fennah said. 'We asked them to try and keep the qualityup and to try and preserve the clean sheet. Obviously, we didn't do that, but that was a great goal on the free kick by Air Force, so you can't take anything away from that. But, it was nice to get everyone in the game.'

In all, the Beavers outshot the Falcons 31-8, marking the third game in a row OSU has owned a double-digit advantage in shots.

OSU hopes to continue its offensive and defensive performance against Portland.

'We have to refocus our efforts for Portland on Sunday,' Fennah said. 'We've done very well at home up to now, and we have to try and continue that.

'Portland is a very good team. If, one day, we can say we've emulated what they have achieved, then we'll feel very good about it. Every year, we get the opportunity to see where we match up, so we'll see if we can take another step forward.'

OREGON STATE 5, AIR FORCE 1

Air Force 0 1 - 1

Oregon State 5 0 - 5

Scoring:

OSU - Courtney Carter (Stacey Mescher), 14:14

OSU - Courtney Carter (unassisted), 23:06

OSU - Courtney Carter (unassisted), 24:29

OSU - Lindsey Beem (unassisted), 31:54

OSU - Katie Magnuson (Lindsey Beem, Tessa Baker), 44:15

AFA - Cookie Day (unassisted), 77:25

Summary:

SHOTS: AFA 8, OSU 31; CORNERS: AFA 1, OSU 2; SAVES: AFA 6, OSU 5; FOULS: AFA 17, OSU 20.

Cautions:

AFA - Leigh-Anne Withers, 57:02

OSU - Janelle Joy, 66:12

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