Huskies Blank Men's Soccer On Controversial Score

Nov. 2, 2001


Oregon State's men's soccer team suffered a 1-0 setback at the hands of the No. 12 Washington Huskies on Friday afternoon in Pacific-10 soccer action, on what was a controversial score midway through the second half at Lorenz Field.

After the two rivals battled through a scoreless match for 70 minutes, UW's Jimmy Stark gained control of the ball roughly 12 yards in front of the OSU net after dribbling past a defender, and sent home a shot that put the Huskies (11-3-0, 3-2-0 Pac-10) up for good 1-0. The goal was allowed despite an apparent hand-ball, which was signaled by the linesman but went uncalled by the referee.

Friday's match also included a would-be score for OSU that was disallowed due to an offside call against the Beavers, as well as a Husky goal that was disallowed because of an OSU foul just prior to the shot.

OSU's Nick Jensen appeared to have put the Beavers (5-9-0, 1-4-0) up 1-0 early in the second half when he took a long pass from Aaron McHardy and sent it in at the near post after separating from the defender. However, the linesman had called the senior offside, and no goal was scored.

'Those things happen during the course of the game,' third-year OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'It's happened to us many times, where we get goals called back, just like Washington's was called back for a free kick. I don't think that did anything to us, to be quite honest. We battled after that.

'The thing that was really disheartening was that the referee - and he did a good job refereeing the game - but sure as day, he missed a hand-ball on the UW player who scored. The player just kind of pushed it in front of himself. The fact is that the player hand-balled it, and even the linesman saw it. That's disheartening when you lose a game that way. And then we get pummeled on the top of the box, just ripped, and we don't get that one called.'

OSU kept the pressure on the Huskies for much of the game, forcing UW keeper Chad Olsen to make six saves and sending several other shots just wide of the goal.

The Huskies did much of the same, as Billmeyer came up with eight saves on the day, increasing his Pac-10-leading saves total to 83 on the year.

'I think we weren't sharp on the day up front, which wasn't good for us, but at the same time, the guys worked hard,' Taylor said. 'They're beaten up, they're injured, and they rose to the occasion and they really worked hard.'

'I thought Kurt Ness and Brian Johnson did well in the back - I think all four of the backs did well. Peter Billmeyer had a good game, but we also expect that (level of play) out of our players now. They've come of age and those are the kinds of things they're expected to do - to battle. That's what (Billmeyer's) capable of doing all the time. That's why he's on the pitch.'

OSU senior Ben Roth set an OSU record when he played in his 68th career game Friday. The Oregon City native broke Fredrik Kummernes' old record of 67, and also made his 60th career start.

Billmeyer, Roth, and the rest of the Beavers will be back on the pitch on Friday, November 9, when the Beavers travel to UCLA for the teams' second meeting of the year. OSU downed the Bruins in Corvallis on Oct. 21 with a 1-0 shutout.


Washington 0 1 - 1

Oregon State 0 0 - 0


UW - Jimmy Stark (unassisted), 70:52.



Yellow Cards:

UW - Ben Somoza, 30:26

OSU - Peter Billmeyer, 70:52

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