Beavers Finish Spring Season With 2-1 Win At Portland
April 27, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
The Oregon State men's soccer team wrapped up its five-game spring season by defeating the University of Portland 2-1 on Apr. 24 to give the Beavers their first win at UP's Merlo Field. OSU finished the spring with a 3-1-1 mark.
The Beavers defeated two of the top Canadian collegiate programs this spring - the University of British Columbia and Trinity Western University - as well as El Fuego of the Professional Development League and UP. OSU's only loss was to the A-League's Portland Timbers.
'I'm proud of the way the guys worked in the winter and spring,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'They worked hard on their training and fitness and in their individual workouts. I'm extremely excited by what I've seen this spring. The team has continued to develop and come together, and new leaders have stepped forward.'
After a UP penalty kick by Paul Robinson leveled the match at 1-1 late in the first half, the Pilots were called for a hand ball in the box two seconds before halftime. Chad Bartlome converted the penalty kick to give OSU the final 2-1 margin.
The match pitted OSU's young squad, which featured six freshmen, against a seasoned Pilot outfit.
'This was a great way to end our spring campaign,' Taylor said. 'We beat a formidable opponent and in-state rival on their home field for the first time.'
OSU opened its spring slate after a week of practice, traveling to Blaine, Wash., to face two of the top collegiate programs in Canada: the University of British Columbia and Trinity Western University, which won the silver medal in the 2003 Canada West Championships.
Playing in back-to-back games on the same day, OSU topped UBC 3-0 and played Trinity Western to a 1-1 standstill.
OSU got a preview of its 2004 preseason opponent, Trinity Western, which comes to Corvallis on Aug. 20 for a non-counting match.
The Beavers had a three-week layoff for dead week, finals week and spring break, and re-grouped for a week of practice before a 6-0 win over El Fuego of the PDL in front of 1,500 fans.
OSU's only misstep was a 4-2 setback at the hands of former OSU All-American Alan Gordon and the Portland Timbers. Gordon cashed in three goals on the day.
The Beavers' recruiting class, expected again to rank among the top groups in the nation, will join the team on August 15 when OSU opens its fall camp. The Beavers kick off the 2004 slate on Aug. 28 in DeKalb, Ill., against former OSU assistant coach Steve Simmons' Northern Illinois Huskies.
'We're looking forward to bringing in one of the top recruiting classes in the country,' Taylor said. 'We're excited to see how the team comes together, and we're looking forward to the 2004 season.'
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