Zaher's Last-Minute Goal Tops Portland, 2-1

Oct. 2, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Joe Zaher's goal with 32 seconds remaining lifted the Oregon State men's soccer team past in-state rival Portland by a count of 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Lorenz Field.

The Beavers have won the last two meetings with Portland and upped their record to 8-1-0 on the season - the best start in school history.

OSU has won all three of its matches at Lorenz Field this year; it also equaled the school's longest winning streak with six victories.

With the score knotted at 1-1 in the final minute, Zaher gained control of the ball in the left corner of Portland's third. Zaher dribbled through three defenders, driving to the center of the box for a 10-yard shot past UP keeper Curtis Spiteri and a 2-1 win with 32 seconds remaining.

It was the fifth goal of the year and third game-winner for Zaher, a freshman from Las Vegas, Nev.

The match was less than a minute old when UP's (7-4-0) Nate Jaqua slipped through the defense and one-timed a centering pass from Heath Pearce past OSU keeper Peter Billmeyer in the near corner for a 1-0 lead 35 seconds into the contest.

Alan Gordon brought the Beavers even in the 34th minute when he made a run up the left side of the field. Gordon edged past a UP defender and put a 15-yard shot past a charging Curtis Spiteri to make it 1-1.

'Every year, it seems like we have a pretty good match,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'But I think the way it happened today was a great way to end - it's certainly not the way you have it scripted out.

'There's been a rivalry throughout the years, and Portland has such a tradition of excellence,that this is something we measure ourselves by - 'How do we fare with Portland?''

Portland entered the matchup ranked sixth in the far west region, and OSU was eighth.

In goal, Billmeyer made four saves and broke up several UP offensive threats throughout the game. OSU's defense held the Pilots to 12 shots while the offense fired 15 of its own; UP was also without a corner kick in the match.

'We were beaten up coming in,' Taylor said. 'We had some injuries and started different people. We were a little out of sync in the first 20 minutes, but the guys adjusted well after getting scored on so early in the match.

'They fought back and showed some resolve and grinded it out. There are so many guys that played well today.

'We are starting to show teams in the region and around the country that we have built a program at OSU, and we can play,' Taylor said.

OSU's next match is Sunday, Oct. 6, when the Beavers host St. Mary's at 1 p.m. The Beavers open their Pacific-10 schedule the following week with a match at California on Oct. 11 and at Stanford on Oct. 13.

OREGON STATE 2, PORTLAND 1

Portland 1 0 - 1

Oregon State 1 1 - 2

Scoring:

UP - Nate Jaqua (Heath Pearce), 0:35

OSU - Alan Gordon (unassisted), 33:18

OSU - Joe Zaher (unassisted), 89:28

Summary:

SHOTS: UP 12, OSU 15; CORNERS: UP 0, OSU 2; SAVES: UP 5, OSU 4; FOULS: UP 20, OSU 19

Cautions:

UP - Matthew Domingo, 38:46

UP - Patrick Mooney, 47:46

UP - Nate Jaqua, 73:23

OSU - Clay Carnahan, 86:25

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