McHardy Nets Two Goals As Men's Soccer Falls At Creighton 4-2
Sept. 2, 2001
OMAHA, Neb. - Aaron McHardy blasted two goals for Oregon State on Sunday night, but the men's soccer squad came up short in their upset bid against No. 2 Creighton in Creighton's Diadora Challenge at Tranquility Park.
The Beavers (0-2-0) fell behind early as the BlueJays (1-0-1) shot out to a 1-0 lead in the first two minutes when Lane Peercy headed in a score off a Luiz Del Monte corner kick. Crieghton would go up 3-0 off Kieth Sawarynski and Dave Minges scores before McHardy launched OSU's comeback try.
McHardy answered Creighton's third goal 50 seconds later at the 48:37 mark unassisted from 10 yards. Twenty minutes later, McHardy pulled OSU within 3-2 on a penalty kick for his second goal of the game.
OSU scrapped its way back into the contest despite a lack of focus at times, and moved the ball well as a unit for the majority of the game before Mike Tranchilla netted a penalty kick in the 89th minute for the final score of 4-2.
Creighton capitalized on three set pieces on the evening to keep OSU in check.
'I thought we played well for 60 of the 90 minutes,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'We moved the ball and fought hard throughout the game, but we weren't sharp as far as focusing on the details. Our lack of concentration was very evident in set pieces tonight. We gave up three goals on three set pieces.'
Each team was able to test the other's defense, as the shots were relatively even at 10-9 in favor of Creighton.
McHardy, a junior midfielder, and sophomore defender Josh Boys earned all-tournament honors for their play over the weekend.
OSU continues its road trip next weekend with a 2 p.m. match at Santa Clara on Friday and a 5 p.m. Sunday match at San Francisco.
'We have to come home and prepare for Santa Clara and San Francisco next weekend,' Taylor said.
CREIGHTON 4, OREGON STATE 2
Oregon State 0 2 - 2
Creighton 2 2 - 4
Creighton - Lane Peercy (Luiz Del Monte), 1:39
Creighton - Keith Sawarynski (Matt Thomas), 34:39
Creighton - Dave Minges (Luiz Del Monte, Zach Piercy), 47:47
OSU - Aaron McHardy (unassisted), 48:37
OSU - Aaron McHardy (penalty kick), 69:26
Creighton - Mike Tranchilla (penalty kick), 88:19
SHOTS: OSU 9, CU 10, CORNER KICKS: OSU 1, CU 4, SAVES: OSU 2, CU 1, FOULS: OSU 22, CU 14.
OSU - A.J. Weber (39:00)
OSU - Kurt Ness (43:11)
CU - Mike Tranchilla (79:50)
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