Men's Soccer Scores Five in Home Exhibition Win
Aug. 23, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. - The Oregon State men's soccer team scored five times including two goals from 2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Danny Mwanga to win their only exhibition game of the year Sunday night 5-2, at Paul Lorenz Field against the Spartans of Trinity western.
'It was good to get this one under our belt,' first year head coach Steve Simmons said following the game. 'The player's legs are very heavy after a long week of practice so it was good to see something left in the tank for them. We worked on some key concepts over the past few days and I was very pleased with the retention of their learning.'
The exhibition game took on a different form than a normal soccer match, there were two 45:00 minute periods like normal which were followed by a third, 30:00 minute period which was used a time to allow everyone game play experience.
The Beavers broke out to a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period when Mwanga broke past two defenders and was taken down in the Spartan goal box awarding the Beavers a penalty kick. Sophomore Mike Parker stepped up and drove the ball past the diving keeper to take a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute. Parker finished with four shots, three on goal, a goal, and one assist.
Mwanga brought the lead to 2-0 with a long lob shot deflecting of the outstretched arms of the Trinity keeper for his first goal. He played 70 minutes having three shots, two on goal, and scoring twice. His second goal came in the second period on another breakaway assisted by sophomore forward Eddy Prugh.
Mwanga's second goal came only minutes after he broke away from the defenders and once again was taken down inside to Spartan goal box forcing another penalty kick this time taken by Chris Harms.
With the score 4-0 midway through the second period Trinity forward David Rowse got the Spartans on the board making it 4-1.
Prugh added a goal of his own in the 72nd minute making it 5-1. He ended the game with three shots, all on goal, a goal, and an assist.
Trinity added another goal making it 5-2 late in the third period by Garrett Traversy with a lob shot over the Oregon State keeper Alex Souza.
'I thought they did a very good job at playing confidently,' Simmons said. 'We talked about having them play to win. We went forward with pace and confidence and that's what you want to see out of a lot of new guys. It's still early but it's good to see the attitude and the confidences pay dividends as far as a five goal performance.'
The Beavers have two weeks off before the open up the regular season when they host the OSU/Nike Challenge. They will take on San Jose State Friday, Sept. 4 at 5:30pm and Cal State Bakersfield Sunday Sept. 6 at 1:30pm.
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