OSU Tops Dons 3-1 In Beavs Home Opener

Sept. 5, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

The OSU women's soccer team got off to a good start at home with a 3-1 victory Friday afternoon against the University of San Francisco at Lorenz Field. With the win the Beavers improved their record to 2-0-1, while handing the Dons (2-1-0) their first loss of the season.

The Beavers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a goal by junior Janelle Joy in the seventh minute. The play started off when sophomore Tessa Baker took a shot that was blocked and rebounded out to Joy, who then sent it into the back of the net for her first career score.

The Dons responded with a goal of their own in the 22nd minute by Ashley Davies, who scored when the Dons Shannon Allen crossed the ball from the left side of the field. Beaver goalkeeper Melissa Onstad tried to deflect the ball to the right side, but it found the path of Davies and she kicked it in for the tie.

The game didn't stay tied for long though, as sophomore Brianna Monka gave the Beavers the lead again in the 24th minute after passes from sophomores Cara Miller and Stacey Mescher. Miller led Mescher with a pass down the right side, which Mescher crossed straight to Monka who finished the play with the goal.

Baker added the safety goal in the 85th minute with the assist coming from sophomore Shelby Crabtree. Crabtree, who earned her first assist as a Beaver, sent a through ball to Baker at midfield. Baker dribbled down the field and took on Dons goalkeeper Jennifer Orantes, faking her out and putting the ball into the left side of the goal.

'I thought this was a good opening win,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'We scored some very good goals today. I'm proud of how we battled - San Francisco is a threatening team. They play very directly and play the ball hard down the middle. I thought we coped with that fairly well.'

The game was physical with 44 fouls called and 3 yellow cards given out.

'Anytime you play a West Coast Conference school, it always turns into a battle,' Fennah said. 'This was a very physical game, but I was proud of our kids because they responded to the battle that was put out there.'

Onstad gave up only her first goal of the season and had nine saves today.

The Beavers will host Idaho on Sunday Sept. 7th.

OREGON STATE 3, UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO 1

Oregon State 2 1 - 3

San Francisco 1 0 - 1

Scoring:

OSU - Janelle Joy (Tessa Baker), 6:22

USF - Ashley Davies (Shannon Allen), 21:25

OSU - Brianna Monka (Cara Miller; Stacey Mescher), 23:54

OSU - Tessa Baker (Shelby Crabtree), 84:46

Summary:

SHOTS: OSU 22, USF 16; SAVES: OSU 9 USF 5; CORNERS: OSU 2 USF 5; FOULS: OSU 24 USF 20

Cautions:

OSU - Melena Ertler (YC) 21:14

OSU - Liz Money (YC) 35:34

USF - Shannon Allen (YC) 49:06

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