OSU LOSES THRILLER TO SEVENTH-RANKED STANFORD, 1-2

Oct. 8, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. -- - Oregon State fell to Stanford 2-1 in Pacific-10 men's soccer Friday afternoon at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium. The evenly matched affair came down to the last 3:26 of the game when Stanford's Darren Fernandez beat the OSU defense to score the game winning goal, his second of the game. The loss ended a six-game unbeaten steak at home for Beavers (5-6-1 overall, 0-2-0 Pac-10).

The Beavers outshot the Cardinal 13-9 and had a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks. OSU dominated second half scoring opportunities, leading in corner kicks 9-0 and shots 10-3 in the half.

'We worked hard, we played well, and we were solid.' OSU head coach Dana Taylor said. 'That's all you can ask, other than the mistakes we keep making over and over again in the back.'

OSU forward Chris Murphy scored the only goal for the Beavers in the 76th minute off a broken corner kick play from 20 yards out. The goal, Murphy's third of the season, tied the game up going into the last 14 tense minutes of the game. In the 87th minute Darren Fernandez closed out the victory for Stanford (6-1-3 overall, 1-0-1 Pac-10) when he beat two Beaver defenders to score his second goal.

Fernandez scored his first goal of the game in the 27th minute off a corner kick assist from Dan Shapiro. The two goals of the game for Fernandez made him as the leading scorer in the Pac-10 with seven goals on the season.

Oregon State plays again Sunday against the No. 3 California Golden Bears. The game starts at 1 p.m. at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.

OSU 1, STANFORD 2

OSU 0 1 - 1

COR 1 1 - 2

Scoring:

STAN - Darren Fernandez (assisted by Dan Shapiro), 27:00

OSU - Chris Murphy (Unassisted), 75:32

STAN - Darren Fernandez (Unassisted), 86:34

Summary:

SHOTS: OSU 13, STAN 9; CORNERS: OSU 9, STAN 5; SAVES: OSU 3, STAN 2;FOULS: OSU 11, STAN 13.

Cautions:

OSU - Carlos Cornejo, 44.10

OSU - Evan McNeley, 66.35

OSU - Matt Bowman, 89.28

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