Beavs Take OSU/Nike Invitational Crown With 2-1 Win Over UNC-Greensboro

Sept. 5, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - Freshman forward Jodie Taylor's two goals lifted the Oregon State women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over North Carolina-Greensboro and gave the Beavers the OSU/Nike Invitational championship Sunday afternoon at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.The Beavers, with a perfect 4-0-0 record, are off to their best start since 1995, when the squad began 5-0-0. OSU topped New Hampshire 4-0 on Friday for a 2-0 record in the tournament.'This was a great challenge against a team that won in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year,' seventh-year head coach Steve Fennah said. 'We played very well; we dug deep again and people came in and filled spaces very nicely.'Taylor opened the scoring for OSU in the 19th minute when she corralled a cross to the far post from Stacey Mescher, made a quick move and slotted a shot back past Spartan keeper Jennifer Stillman.Despite a 19-16 shot advantage for UNCG, Beaver keeper Melissa Onstad was forced to make only three saves as the OSU defense locked down the Spartans throughout the game.Taylor and Mescher hooked up again in the 83rd minute when Mescher sent a ball into the UNCG half after a collision with a Spartan defender. Taylor controlled the ball and went one-on-one with Stillman for the score and a 2-0 lead.Shannon Donovan gave the Spartans hope with a goal at 86:30 when she gathered a loose ball off a corner kick for a score, but OSU fended off late Spartan shots to preserve the win.Taylor was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, scoring three goals in two games, including Friday's 4-0 victory over New Hampshire. Other Beavers named to the all-tournament team were midfielder Jen Crump, defender Melena Ertler, and forward Stacey Mescher, who had a goal and three assists on the weekend.'We defended very well, Mel was solid in goal, and we played well across the midfield,' Fennah said. 'Jodie Taylor is the tournament MVP because of her goals, but as a coach, we could give that to 15 or 16 of our players. This really was a team effort throughout the weekend.'Taylor now has five goals in four games, already just three scores from breaking into OSU's season top-10 list.In Sunday's first game, Fresno State and New Hampshire played to a 2-2 draw.Cortney Sobrero gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead in the 76th minute with her second goal of the afternoon, but UNH's Jackie Wishoski sent the game to extra periods with a one-on-one score in the 84th minute.Fresno keeper Jeanette Paine made a diving save of Debbie Newman's penalty kick in the first half to prevent the Wildcats from taking a 2-0 lead at that point.OSU makes its first road trip next weekend with a contest against Richmond at the Virginia Commonwealth Invitational on Friday. The Beavers take on VCU Sunday morning.OREGON STATE 2, UNC-GREENSBORO 1UNCG 0 1 - 1Oregon State 1 1 - 2Scoring:OSU - Jodie Taylor (assist by Stacey Mescher), 18:04OSU - Jodie Taylor (Stacey Mescher), 82:07UNCG - Shannon Donovan (unassisted), 86:30.Summary: SHOTS: UNCG 19, OSU 16; CORNERS: UNCG 8, OSU 1; SAVES: UNCG 4,OSU 3; FOULS: UNCG 12, OSU 15Cautions:OSU - Jodie Taylor, 86:50NEW HAMPSHIRE 2, FRESNO STATE 2New Hampshire 1 1 0 0 - 2Fresno State 0 2 0 0 - 2Scoring:UNH - Ashlee Cieslak (unassisted), 44:57FS - Cortney Sobrero (Kortney Lewis), 62:35FS - Cortney Sobrero (unassisted), 75:05UNH - Jackie Wishoski (Chiara Best), 83:55Summary: SHOTS: UNH 22, FS 12; CORNERS: UNH 3, FS 2; SAVES, UNH 6, FS 8;FOULS: UNH 12, FS 21Cautions:UNH - Chiara Best, 62:48

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