OSU Handles Fresno State, 5-1

Oct. 27, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

After falling behind to Fresno State 1-0 in the 17th minute, the Oregon State men's soccer team stormed back with five unanswered goals to claim a 5-1 Pacific-10 Conference win and improve to 11-4-0 overall and 2-3-0 in Pac-10 play.

OSU's 11th win is the second-highest total in school history; the 1989 squad posted 12 victories while playing in the Northwest Colleges Soccer Conference.

After a Jeremiah LeRoy score put the Bulldogs up 1-0 at the 16:37 mark, Alan Gordon brought the Beavers even in the 19th minute at 1-1.

Both Joe Zaher and Chad Bartlome combined to set up Gordon, as Zaher played the ball out wide to Bartlome, who crossed it to the far post, where Gordon headed in his Pac-10-leading 11th goal of the year.

The teams played to a standstill for the next 39 minutes, but OSU seized control of the game with four goals in the next 17 minutes.

The Beavers were able to get players in scoring position throughout the second half, and passes were delivered with accuracy to allow the scores.

Zaher tallied his eighth goal of the year at 57:58 when Ryan Johnson delivered a cross to the far post, where Zaher put it in the back of the net for a 2-1 lead.

Chad Bartlome netted his fourth shot of the year at 61:44 off a cross from Justin Kirk to make it 3-1. With his assist, Kirk moved into a tie for 10th on OSU's all-time assists list with seven for his career.

In the 72nd minute, Aaron McHardy delivered a through ball to Matt Johnson, which Johnson flicked into the goal while on the ground after getting tangled up with a Bulldog defender.

Ryan Johnson delivered the game's final score after taking a pass from Clay Carnahan on the other side of the field and firing it to the far post at 74:30.

'Both teams battled today,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'Fresno never stopped coming at us, even when they were down 5-1. I think the difference today was that we just got into dangerous positions.

'I think that, through the run of play, we just wore them down. We were fortunate with our services and our ability to get to the mouth of the goal.

'Against UCLA, we worked hard and had good services, but we didn't work to get to the goal mouth,' Taylor said of Friday's 3-0 loss to UCLA. 'The guys made a conscious effort to get into dangerous spots around the goal today, and it paid off.'

With six assists Sunday, OSU set a new school record for assists in a season. OSU now has 31 to break the old mark of 28, which was set in 1996. Aaron McHardy leads the Beavers with five assists this year, and newcomers Alan Gordon, Joe Zaher, and Ryan Johnson have four each.

The Beavers also matched the single-game school record with six dishes.

In goal, Peter Billmeyer made four saves, as Fresno continued to attack throughout the match.

After battling through a knee injury for the last year-and-a-half, Kirk tallied his first point since a goal against Stanford on Nov. 12, 2000 with his assists on Bartlome's score.

'Justin Kirk did a great job,' Taylor said. 'He's coming back and is healthy again, and that has really helped us in our attack. Everybody gave a tremendous effort today.'

The Beavers face Fresno State again this Friday, when they travel to Fresno for a 7 p.m. match.

OREGON STATE 5, FRESNO STATE 1

Fresno State 1 0 - 1

Oregon State 1 4 - 5

Scoring:

FSU - Jeremiah LeRoy (unassisted), 16:37

OSU - Alan Gordon (Joe Zaher, Chad Bartlome), 18:38

OSU - Joe Zaher (Ryan Johnson), 57:58

OSU - Chad Bartlome (Justin Kirk), 61:44

OSU - Matt Johnson (Aaron McHardy), 71:12

OSU - Ryan Johnson (Clay Carnahan), 74:30

Summary:

SHOTS: FSU 11, OSU 15; CORNERS: FSU 6, OSU 6; SAVES: FSU 5, OSU 4; FOULS: FSU 17, OSU 34

Cautions:

OSU - Ross Duncan, 44:20; FSU - Kupono Low (48:36); OSU - Kurt Ness (49:17); OSU - NickDonaldson (66:34), FSU - Derek Lopez (73:33)

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