VCU Hands Beavers First Loss Of The Year, 3-2 In Overtime

Sept. 12, 2004

RICHMOND, Va. - - Oregon State freshman Jodie Taylor forced overtime with her second goal of the day, but the women's soccer team gave up a score in the second extra minute and fell 3-2 to Virginia Commonwealth (4-2-0) on Sunday at the VCU Invitational.

The Beavers (5-1-0) were handed their first loss of the year after matching the best start in program history.

'This was a very competitive game,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'The teams each had chances, and at the end of the day, we didn't quite do it. We had opportunities to win the game and didn't put it away. We left it all out on the field again; I think the heat and humidity had a big impact, but I was proud of the way we battled. We played two good teams on the road this weekend.'

Taylor, who now has seven goals in six games, gave OSU a 1-0 lead at the half when she broke through VCU's back line and slipped a shot past VCU keeper Lauren Hardison in the 28th minute.

OSU held the lead for 45 minutes, but VCU took a 2-1 advantage late in the game on goals by Sandra Anger and Jen Parsons in the 73rd and 78th minutes.

Taylor netted the equalizer off a pass from Tessa Baker in the 87th minute. Baker made a quick turn in the midfield and led Taylor with a pass, setting up Taylor with a one-on-one attack with Hardison.

Stacey Mescher nearly won the game in the first minute of overtime on a pass from Taylor, but Hardison charged from the box and broke up the threat.

Parsons struck again on a breakaway with a goal at 91:55 off a lead from Solfrid Anderson to seal the win for VCU. Parsons totaled two goals and an assist in the win.

Melissa Onstad, who made seven saves Sunday, and the Beavers had allowed just two goals in their first five games before the loss.

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 3, OREGON STATE 2, OT

Oregon State 1 1 0 - 2

Virginia Commonwealth 0 2 1 - 3

Scoring:

OSU - Jodie Taylor (unassisted), 27:44

VCU - Sandra Anger (Jen Parsons), 72:35

VCU - Jen Parsons (Sandra Anger), 77:15

OSU - Jodie Taylor (Tessa Baker), 86:31

VCU - Jen Parsons (Solfrid Anderson), 91:55

Summary: SHOTS: OSU 8, VCU 15; CORNERS: OSU 3, VCU 2; SAVES: OSU 7, VCU3; FOULS: OSU 19, VCU 14

Cautions:

VCU - Leigh Anthony, 28:35

OSU - Kelli Washburn, 51:15

OSU - Cara Miller, 80:47

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