Beavs Drop Thriller To No. 6 Portland

Sept. 29, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Morgan Crabtree's second-half goal brought the OSU women's soccer team even with No. 6 Portland at 1-1 in the 75th minute, but a goal by UP's Erin Misaki in the 79th minute gave the Pilots a hard-fought 2-1 win on Sunday at Lorenz Field.

The loss was only OSU's second of the year and first at home, dropping the Beavers to 6-2-2 overall and 5-1-0 at Lorenz Field.

The loss also ended OSU's four-game win streak and seven-game unbeaten streak.

Crabtree's first goal of the year came when Lindsey Beem sent a corner kick across the goal mouth to the far post. Crabtree poked the ball across the line when it was loose in the corner.

On the game-winner four minutes later, Misaki was the recipient of a through-pass from Christine Sinclair. Sinclair sent a ball from the right flank past the last defender to Misaki on the left, where she capitalized for the final 2-1 score.

Crabtree's shot evened the score after Misaki tallied the first of her two goals on the day in the 65th minute.

Lindsey Patterson was credited with an assist on Misaki's opening score after Patterson's blast was saved by OSU keeper Jo Fletcher, but wasn't controlled. Misaki followed the loose ball and put it in the back of the net for the 1-0 advantage.

OSU put the pressure on the Pilots in the second half, outshooting UP 10-8. The Beavers had a flurry of five shots early in the second half from within five yards, but all were blocked or saved by UP defenders or keeper Lauren Arase.

'I thought we played very, very well,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'We had a spell in the second half when we scored our goal that we were taking it to them pretty well against a very good team.'

'Overall, it was a fairly even game. I thought we played a little na�ve at times, but I can't complain. Our players went out and gave a very good account of themselves.'

OSU's halftime adjustments allowed the Beavers to control the ball and create better opportunities in the second half.

'At halftime, we asked our midfielders to communicate a little bit better and to pass people on in the midfield,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'Portland brought a forward into the midfield a lot in the first half to create an extra number. We asked our defenders to either go with them or to communicate and pass them on. That tightened it up and allowed us to get more control of the ball.

'We did it the way we want to do it - by passing the ball and moving it around against a very good Portland team.'

The Beavers continue their seven-game homestand on Friday when they host New Mexico at 3 p.m.

PORTLAND 2, OREGON STATE 1

Portland 0 2 - 2

Oregon State 0 1 - 1

Scoring:

UP - Erin Misaki (Emily Patterson), 64:39

OSU - Morgan Crabtree (Lindsey Beem), 74:08

UP - Erin Misaki (Christine Sinclair), 78:21

Summary:

SHOTS: UP 15, OSU 15; CORNERS: UP 4, OSU 2; SAVES: UP 3, OSU 3; FOULS: UP 10, OSU 20.

Cautions:

None

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