No. 15 Oregon State Takes Down California 3-1.
Oct. 31, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - - The Oregon State men's soccer team took only five shots Friday afternoon, but three found the back of the net as OSU beat California 3-1 in front of 502 fans at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.
With the win, the Beavers improved their Pacific-10 Conference record to 5-1-0 and improved their overall record to 11-4-0.
The loss dropped the Golden Bears to 7-8-2 overall and 3-4-2 in the Pac-10.Five Pac-10 wins are the most the Beavers have had since the conference began sponsoring men's soccer in 2000.
Johnson's goal was his first of the season; he is currently leading the nation in assists with 13.
It didn't take long for the Beavers to find the net again, this time off a header by Robbie Findley in the 10th minute.
Evan McNeley's throw-in from 18 yards out went into the six-yard box where Findley was battling over position with a defender. Findley flicked the ball just high enough over Cal goalkeeper Mike Oseguera and into the net.
Findley then added another goal in the 28th minute when he took a cross pass from Chad Bartlome, faked left and then sent a strike from 20 yards out that deflected off the crossbar and into the goal.
Findley has now tallied eight goals for the season.
'It's great to see Robbie Findley back on the scoresheet,' said OSU head coach Dana Taylor. 'He has been working hard on rehab and has seen limited action in the last few weeks. Today he showed he was quite mobile and has regained his form.'
The Golden Bears' Pieter Berger prevented Cal from a shutout with a goal in the 52nd minute. Eric Ebert and Nick Hatzke connected passes to Berger, who then squeezed the ball past OSU goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer.
Billmeyer recorded four saves on the day and had a key play late in the game when he punched out a cross from a corner kick.
'I thought to begin with we were a tad flat in warm-ups and in the beginning of the game; we didn't have the zip we normally do,' Taylor said. 'Then we scored early in our first counter and the guys did a good job of feeding off of it. We were able to weather the red card andregain our composure at halftime.'
After Bryan Jordan was issued a red card in the 32nd minute, the Beavers attacking was limited and they only recorded two shots, compared to California's 18.
California pressured the Beavers throughout the second half, with seven of its nine corner kicks coming in the last 45 minutes.
'We knew it would be rough with a man down and that Cal would have lots of shots, we just had to absorb it.'
The Beavers' next game is Sunday, November 2, against Stanford at 1p.m. at Lorenz field.
'Our series with Stanford has always been extremely competitive and I expect nothing less when both teams take the field Sunday,' said Taylor.
'We're thankful for the crowd support and with Stanford coming in on Sunday, were going to need as many people in the stands as we can get.'
NO. 15 OREGON STATE 3, CALIFORNIA 1
California 0 1 - 1
Oregon State 3 0 - 3
CAL - Pieter Berger (Eric Ebert, Nick Hatzke); 51:38
SHOTS: CAL 18, OSU 5; CORNERS: CAL 9, OSU 0; SAVES: CAL 1, OSU 4: FOULS: CAL 8, OSU 23
OSU - Ryan Johnson (YC) 17:50
OSU - Bryan Jordan (RC) 31:32