Three goals from Findley leads OSU upset of No. 9 Washington, 3-2

Nov. 14, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. -

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Oregon State upset the No. 9 Washington Huskies 3-2 in overtime in Pacific-10 men's soccer Sunday afternoon in Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium. Robbie Findley scored three goals as the Beavers (8-10-1 overall, 2-6-0 Pacific-10)got their third win in a row and their second consecutive Pacific-10 victory to end the season. The Beavers avenged their loss to the Huskies (11-6-2 overall, 4-3-1 Pacific-10) earlier this season and were able to end the season on a positive note.

'Back to back wins at home against No. 7 UCLA and UW is a great momentum builder going into next season.' OSU assistant coach Anthony Latronica said. 'I can't say enough about these kids.'

After a slow first half with only 11 total shots, the second half took off when each team scored two goals. Washington's Kevin Forrest scored the first goal of the game in the 53rd minute off a pass from Will Flanagan. OSU quickly retaliated when Robbie Findley scored his first goal of the game in the 57th minute off a long throw-in from Evan McNeley. Findley scored later in the 74th minute when he was able to reach head in a high crossing pass from from Brett Gardner. With only seven minutes to play Washington midfielder C.J. Klauss scored an unassisted goal to tie the score for the rest of regulation.

In overtime, Robbie Findley capped off a heroic performance to score his third goal of the game in the 94th minute off an assist from Stephen Clayton. The three goals for Findley raised his season total to a team-leading eight goals and ranks him second in the Pacific-10.

'Robbie is dangerous every time he is on the field,' Latronica said. 'He has been a go to guy this year and last year, he's just that type of player.'

The Beavers were able to overcome several player injuries to play a solid game and end the season with an upset victory.

'There's been a lot of adversity this week, but we have stuck together as a team, but we showed great resolve pushing through.' Latronica said. 'Today was a test of character and we came through.'

Latronica also credited the OSU defense, led by an injured Brian Johnson, which came up with outstanding saves several times throughout the game.

'Brian Johnson practically played on one leg today, that just describes the type of player he is.' Latronica said. 'Everyone stepped up around him.'

OREGON STATE 3, WASHINGTON 2

OSU 0 2 1 - 3

WASH 0 2 0 - 2

Scoring:

WASH - Kevin Forrest (Assisted by Will Flanagan) 52:54

OSU - Robbie Findley (Assisted by Evan McNeley) 56:02

OSU - Robbie Findley (Assisted by Brett Gardner) 73:50

WASH - C.J. Klauss (Unassisted) 83:43

OSU - Robbie Findley (Assisted by Stephen Clayton) 93:45

Summary:

SHOTS: OSU 13, WASH 18; CORNERS: OSU 5, WASH 4; SAVES: OSU 6, WASH 4 ;FOULS: OSU 12, WASH 11

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