OSU Topped By Stanford, 4-1

Nov. 15, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Alan Gordon's 15th goal of the season brought Oregon State even at 1-1 in the 21st minute of Friday's men's soccer match with No. 22 Stanford, but the Cardinal went on to score three unanswered goals to claim a 4-1 Pacific-10 Conference win at Lorenz Field.

The loss drops OSU to 12-7-0 overall and 3-6-0 in the Pac-10, setting up a regular-season finale at home with No. 6 California at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Gordon, the Pac-10's leading scorer, took a short through-pass in the middle of the box from Aaron McHardy and slipped it past Stanford (13-4-2, 4-3-2) keeper Robby Fulton to the near post at 20:30.

The goal gives Gordon 34 points this season, two shy of setting the OSU single-season scoring record.

Stanford's Darren Fernandez opened the game's scoring when he took a centering through-ball from Johanes Maliza and split two defenders to put a shot past OSU keeper Peter Billmeyer from 10 yards out for the 1-0 lead at the 8:04 mark. Billmeyer made seven saves Friday.

After Gordon's equalizer, Maliza put the Cardinal ahead for good in the 34th minute when he corralled a loose ball in the middle of the box and sent it home for a 2-1 advantage.

Down 2-1 in the 58th minute, OSU committed a foul on its own right wing that setup a Stanford free kick. Before the kick however, the Cardinal's Todd Dunivant and Maliza were issued yellow cards for stalling violations.

Following the short delay, Dunivant sent a kick to the far post that was tapped in by James Twellman to make it 3-1.

Darren Fernandez added the final score off a Matt Janusz cross in the 63rd minute.

'We came out with no energy today, we had no work rate today, and this will be the outcome every time if we don't show up,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said of the loss. 'I called our team out after the game; let's see what we're really made of come Sunday.'

Following Gordon's goal, the Beavers still struggled to find their work rate.

'Even when it was 1-1, I still didn't think we were playing good soccer. We were just doing what we had to do to stay in the match,' Taylor said.

'The good thing was that Alan had a great touch on the ball to score, but overall, we lacked the energy and effort it takes to play at this level.'

With a win Sunday against California, OSU would set the school record with its 13th win of the season.

NO. 22 STANFORD 4, OREGON STATE 1

Stanford 2 2 - 4

Oregon State 1 0 - 1

Scoring:

STAN - Darren Fernandez (Johanes Maliza), 8:04

OSU - Alan Gordon (Aaron McHardy), 20:30

STAN - Johanes Maliza (unassisted), 33:12

STAN - James Twellman (Todd Dunivant), 57:28

STAN - Darren Fernandez (Matt Janusz), 62:55

Summary:SHOTS: STAN 20, OSU 6; CORNERS: STAN 3, OSU 2; SAVES: STAN 2, OSU 7; FOULS: STAN 13, OSU 8

Cautions: OSU - Ross Duncan (31:20); STAN - Todd Dunivant (57:24); STAN - Johanes Maliza(57:24); OSU - Brian Johnson (59:28)

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