Beavers Earn 3-0 Road Win Over Sacramento State
Sept. 4, 2003
SACRAMENTO - Calif. - -
Oregon State senior Christian vanBlommestein scored the first goal of his OSU career as well as the first goal of the match, as the men's soccer team tallied a 3-0 victory over Sacramento State (1-1-0) Thursday afternoon at Hornet Soccer Field.
With the win, the Beavers improved their record to 2-1-0, completing the third game of a four game road stretch.
OSU took the lead in the 20th minute when vanBlommestein headed in a corner kick taken by Ross Duncan. vanBlommestein and a Hornet defender went up for the ball, but the ball found its way to the top right corner and the back of the net.
In the 63rd minute, the Beavers increased their lead with an open-net goal by freshman Robbie Findley. The play started when Ryan Johnson intercepted a pass in the midfield and sent the ball down the left side to Alan Gordon. Gordon took the ball straight at Hornet goalkeeper Jeff Gibson and as Gibson committed to the ball, Gordon passed it to the right side where Findley was there to send it into the open net.
The Beavers added another open-net goal in the 87th minute, this time off the foot of sophomore Matt Johnson. Chad Bartlome collected the ball on the left side after a deflection by Gibson and crossed it over to Johnson on the right side for the score.
The Beaver defense held the Hornets to only 8 shots and senior goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer had four saves and earned his first shutout of the season. Billmeyer stands one shutout away from the OSU career shutout record.
'This was a good win for us today,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'Now we have to re-focus for Sunday's match at Portland.'
The Beavers conclude their four game road stretch when they take on in-state rival Portland on Sunday.
The home opener for the Beavers is against Gonzaga in the OSU Diadora Classic, Sept. 12th at 5pm. Other teams competing in the tournament (Sept. 12th and 14th) include St. Mary's (Calif.), and Illinois - Chicago.
OREGON STATE 3, SACRAMENTO STATE 0
Oregon State 1 2 - 3
Sacramento State 0 0 - 0
SHOTS: OSU 11, SAC 8; SAVES: OSU 4, SAC 4; CORNERS: OSU 9, SAC 10; FOULS: OSU 6, SAC 13
SAC - Marcos Mercado, 16:47
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