Gordon, Ryan Johnson Lift OSU Over Holy Cross, 3-1

Sept. 24, 2003

WORCESTER, Mass. - -

Alan Gordon recorded his second career hat trick with Ryan Johnson assisting on two scores as the Oregon State men's soccer team rolled Holy Cross 3-1 Wednesday afternoon in the final game of its three-game swing through New England.

Oregon State improved to 6-3-0 overall and 2-1-0 on the trip with the win, and enters Pacific-10 Conference play Friday, Oct. 3 when it hosts defending national champion UCLA at 3 p.m. at Lorenz Field.

With his two assists, Johnson equaled the OSU single-season assist record of nine with 10 games remaining in the season.

Gordon, who has five goals in his last two games, opened the scoring off a pass from Johnson in the seventh minute to give the Beavers an early 1-0 advantage.

The Crusaders (0-5-0) bounced back to make the score 1-1, scoring their second goal of the season at the 8:07 mark when Josh Trott scored off a Paul Kitson pass on a broken play.

Holy Cross is seeking its first win after qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 2002.

'Holy Cross was coming off a 10-day rest, so they came out with a lot of energy,' Taylor said. The Crusaders' match with New Hampshire on Sept. 20 was postponed. 'I thought we stifled that energy with our first goal, but we let them back in it when they scored.'

Gordon broke the tie in the 60th minute when he collected a loose ball and put the Beavers up 2-1 after the teams went to halftime deadlocked at 1-1.

Gordon struck again midway through the second half when Johnson slipped him a short pass and he made a quick move to get a shot off from just within the box, scoring at the 68:24 mark for the final 3-1 margin.

Gordon, from Gilbert, Ariz., and Yavapai Junior College, is now fifth on OSU's all-time scoring list with 50 points and is third with 22 goals in roughly 1 � seasons. His last hat trick came in a 6-3 win over Washington on Nov. 10, 2002.

'Alan was very sharp around the goal today,' Taylor said of the senior, who has 16 points this year. 'He took care of business around the goal.'

Johnson has five assists in his last two matches and is fourth on OSU's career assist list with 14 halfway through his sophomore campaign. He matched Greg Howes' 1998 record of nine assists in a season.

'R.J. played well,' Taylor said. 'He hit a lot of great balls and had some great services.'

Taylor also credited the rest of the team with a solid performance, including defenders Kurt Ness and Christian vanBlommestein, goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer, and midfielders Carlos 'Boku' Cornejo and Brian Farber. Billmeyer made four saves.

OREGON STATE 3, HOLY CROSS 1

Oregon State 1 2 - 3

Holy Cross 1 0 - 1

Scoring:

OSU - Alan Gordon (Ryan Johnson), 6:50

HC - Josh Trott (Paul Kitson), 8:07

OSU - Alan Gordon (unassisted), 59:23

OSU - Alan Gordon (Ryan Johnson), 68:24

Summary:

SHOTS: OSU 8, HOLY CROSS 10; CORNERS: OSU 4, HOLY CROSS 2; SAVES: OSU 4, HOLY CROSS 5; FOULS:OSU 11, HOLY CROSS 7

Cautions:

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