Women's Soccer Falls 1-0 in Exhibition with US U23 Squad

April 21, 2010


CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State women’s soccer team concluded the home portion of its spring schedule with a hard-fought, 1-0 exhibition loss to the United State U-23 Women’s National Team on Wednesday night. The United States squad capitalized on an accidental handball in the penalty area in the 62nd minute and held Oregon State scoreless the rest of the way to capture the victory.

 

“I was really pleased with the way we handled ourselves against some of the best college players in the country,” head coach Linus Rhode said. “It was a fairly even game throughout and I thought we created some quality scoring opportunities. The goal this spring has been to get better every day, and, so far, I think we have done that. We did some very good things tonight.”

 

In front of a crowd of over 400, Oregon State held its own in the first half as the Beavers best opportunity came in the 32nd minute. Off a pass from Chelsea Buckland, Ashley Seal drilled a left-footed shot from right outside the penalty area that sailed just over the crossbar as the game remained scoreless heading into the second half.

 

Oregon State had the best chance to break the score in the opening minutes of the second half as Melinda Ingalls raced after a long ball heading towards the goal. Ingalls managed to get to the ball first; however, the United States keeper managed to deflect the shot just wide as the ball was eventually cleared from danger.

 

The score remained the same until the 62nd minute, when a shot from inside the penalty area deflected off the hand of an Oregon State defender to give the United State a penalty kick attempt to break the scoreless tie. A shot into the lower right-hand corner of the net was successful as the USA defense held Oregon State scoreless the rest of the way.

 

The national team held a 13-7 edge in shots on the night as Oregon State held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

 

Colleen Boyd made five saves in net for the Beavers as a pair of goalies made one save each for the United States.

 

Courtney Wetzel, a senior defender for Oregon State who is training with the U23 team this week, played all 45 minutes of the second half in the midfield for the U23 squad.

 

Oregon State concludes the spring exhibition schedule with road games at Seattle Pacific (May 1) and against the Seattle Sounders (May 2).

 

 

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