Roth Nets Goal But Men's Soccer Falls To Cal, 2-1

Nov. 16, 2001


Oregon State senior Ben Roth netted his first goal of the season in the 87th minute of OSU's men's Pacific-10 soccer match with California to bring OSU within 2-1, but the Beavers were unable to get the equalizer in the final three minutes. After a hard-fought match, the Bears went home with a 2-1 victory on a very rainy Friday afternoon in Corvallis.

Cal took the lead at the soggy Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium in the 25th minute when Angel Quintero took a cross pass from Patrick Fisher through a crowd of players and sent it into the net for a 1-0 advantage.

The Bears (10-7-1, 3-4-0 Pac-10) went up 2-0 early in the second half at 49:49 when Carl Acosta broke through a pack of Beaver defenders and went 1-on-1 with OSU goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer. Acosta beat Billmeyer with a shot to the lower right corner of the net.

In a very physical match, OSU had a golden scoring opportunity when Aaron McHardy got in behind the Bear back line and headed a great cross pass toward the upper net. Cal goalkeeper Josh Saunders was able to get up just enough to corrall the shot that would have made it 2-1.

OSU (5-11-1, 1-6-0) did capitalize on an opportunity and got back in the game with under four minutes to go on a great set of passes. Christian vanBlommestein, recently moved to the midfield from his normal defensive position, put a centering pass into the box, which Aaron McHardy headed to Roth, who headed it past Cal goalkeeper Josh Saunders.

The assists were McHardy's third and vanBlommestein's second of the year.

OSU played a much better match than in the teams' first meeting that saw Cal come away with a 4-0 victory on Oct. 28.

'I thought we were playing well until we gave up the goal,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'We wanted to play our forwards up and then back in the midfield, and we did that really well I thought. I just don't think in the final third that we were that dangerous. It's been a continual problem that we've needed to work on all year and have been addressing. Again, we've got some injured guys that aren't playing full minutes, and that's hurting us.

OSU's backfield play was sound for most of the afternoon, and was anchored by sophomore Kurt Ness, who consistently battled balls away from Cal attackers.

'I though Kurt Ness had a great game today, brilliant game,' Taylor said.

OSU finishes its season when it hosts No. 3 Stanford on Sunday in a 1 p.m. match at Lorenz Field.

'We've just got to regroup again - I've been saying that all year,' Taylor said. 'We need to address the deficiencies we had today. We've got to finish opportunities - we were in behind them one time and we didn't finish. You look at the stats and it was 20-17 in shots, corner kicks were seven to three, so that tells you we're getting opportunities. You've just got to be able to finish. You've got to be dangerous in the final third and then you've got to put it away.'


California 1 1 - 2

Oregon State 0 1 - 1


Cal: Angel Quintero (3) (Patrick Fisher), 24:15

Cal: Carl Acosta (2) (unassisted), 49:49

OSU: Ben Roth (1) (Aaron McHardy, Christian vanBlommestein), 86:46


SHOTS: Cal 20 (Fisher 5, Quintero 1, Krupnik 2, Ripmaster 3, Roner 1, Acosta 2, Munoz 4,Thorpe 2), OSU 17 (vanBlommestein 3, Cid 1, McHardy 3, Smith 1, Jensen 3, Duncan 1, Roth 1, Atkinson 1, Close 3). CORNER KICKS: Cal 7, OSU 3. SAVES: Cal 5 (Saunders 5), OSU 6 (Billmeyer 6). FOULS: Cal 10, OSU 21. OFFSIDES: Cal 5, OSU 2.

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