Beavers Topple San Carlos Reserves

Aug. 20, 2002

SAN CARLOS, Costa Rica - -

The Oregon State men's soccer squad continued its competition against Costa Rican teams on Monday with a 2-1 win over the reserves of the professional San Carlos squad.

In a very humid, hot climate, OSU notched a 2-1 win courtesy of sophomore Chad Bartlome's second goal of the trip in the 85th minute.

Trailing 1-0 in the first half, sophomore back Brian Johnson netted the equalizer on a header in the 44th minute.

Sophomore Kiely Bondurant started and surrendered the only San Carlos goal on a nasty bounce in the first half while freshman Matt LaMont provided 45 minutes of shutout goalkeeping in the second half to help the Beavs to the win.

'The environment was a drastic change from San Jose and made for a midfield battle,' fourth-year head coach Dana Taylor said in reference to the locale for the Beavers' opening matches. 'Both teams were cautious in expending energy and kept the thing compact.'

'This was our second game in two days playing a fresh San Carlos team. I was pleased with the result under the unusual circumstances,' Taylor said. ' We look forward to a day off to get our legs back. In particular senior Clay Carnahan logged in close to 270 minutes of play in two days.'

OSU is on its fifth day of a 12-day self-funded tour of Costa Rica that features games against professional, national, and Olympic teams. The players raised all of the money for the trip.

OSU squares off against the San Carlos First Division Squad on Tuesday in what should be a tough game in a sold-out venue against a team coming off a loss.

'Our next game concerns me playing the San Carlos 1st division team at their home stadium,' Taylor said. 'They have advertised the game and expect a packed house. San Carlos is coming off a recent loss and will be looking to rebound against us. We�ll have our hands full.'

Between matches, the team has ventured to the world-famous Tabacon Hot Springs, which are heated by a nearby active volcano.

The Beavers spent time on a jungle river tour Tuesday as well, viewing native wildlife along the way.

The Orange and Black return to Corvallis on Aug. 26, and kicks off its season with a road game at Gonzaga on Aug. 30.

OSU's first home opponent will be Cal-Riverside at 5 p.m. on Aug. 30 as part of the fourth annual OSU/Diadora Classic.

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