Billmeyer Sets OSU Shutout Record In 4-0 Win Over Fresno State
Oct. 5, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
Oregon State senior goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer set the OSU career shutout record Sunday as the men's soccer team blanked Fresno State 4-0 in Pacific-10 Conference action at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.
Billmeyer, from Omaha, Neb., has 13 shutouts for his career, including three this year. He also has a career-best 1.23 goals-against average this season.
Alan Gordon gave OSU (7-4-0 overall, 1-1-0 Pac-10) an early 1-0 lead in the sixth minute with his eighth goal of the season when he corralled a shot by Ryan Johnson that hit the left post and sent it past Fresno (3-7-0, 0-2-0) keeper Eric Kronberg.
Johnson was credited with his 10th assist of the year on the play; entering the weekend, his nine assists were tops in the nation. The Boston, Mass., native now has sole possession of OSU's single-season assist record and is already second on the career list as a sophomore.
'I was proud of the guys this weekend,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said of his team. 'We showed we had a lot of energy against UCLA and Fresno State and we showed that we could adapt - we played a different system today.
'Any time you score four goals against a Pac-10 team, you're doing something well on the day. We needed to strike early, and we did. That gave us the momentum, and we fed off of that. It was also wonderful to see Peter get his 13th shutout.'
After taking a 1-0 lead into halftime, Evan McNeley converted a penalty kick to make it 2-0 23 seconds into the second half after the Bulldogs were called for a foul after taking down Chad Bartlome in the box.
OSU upped its lead to 3-0 at 71:06 when Brian Farber headed in his second goal of the year. Ross Duncan played an attempted clearing pass from Fresno back into the box, where Farber directed it past Kronberg for the score. Duncan is second on the team with six assists.
Sophomore Alex Asai, playing in his third game of the year, tallied his first career goal at 87:20 after Matt Johnson and Bryan Jordan connected a pair of passes in the six-yard box to set up the score for the final of 4-0.
'We have a lot of interchangeable players,' Taylor said of his team's depth. 'It was great to see Alex on the scoresheet - he works hard. Some of these guys are young and they only get a few chances to show each game, so it's nice to see.'
OSU outshot the Bulldogs 24-16 including 16 shots on goal - 12 of which were saved by Kronberg.
Gordon led the Beavers with six shots Sunday and Ryan Johnson had five. All four of Farber's shots were on goal.
'This sets us up for a battle - there's no one in the Pac-10 that is an easy game,' Taylor said of next week's matches at Stanford and California. 'Stanford is a team that is playing much better than its record indicates, so it's vital for us to get ourselves healed and put our gameplan together and go down to the Bay Area and have a result.
'We have not won down there (in the five years Taylor has been at OSU), so there is no reason our guys should be thinking anything but battling on Friday and Sunday.'
OSU plays at Stanford Friday at 7 p.m. and at California Sunday at 2 p.m.
OREGON STATE 4, FRESNO STATE 0
Fresno State 0 0 - 0
Oregon State 1 3 - 4
OSU - Evan McNeley (penalty kick), 45:23
SHOTS: FSU 16, OSU 24; CORNERS: FSU 6, OSU 8; SAVES: FSU 12, OSU 5; FOULS: FSU 11, OSU 21
OSU - Kurt Ness, 28:16
FSU - Chris Murphy, 35:49
OSU - Nick Donaldson, 82:51