Beavs Come Up Short In Costa Rica Finale

Aug. 26, 2002

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - -

The Oregon State men's soccer team concluded its 12-day, seven-game tour through Costa Rica with a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of U-20 national champion Belen on Sunday. The team finished its self-funded tour with a 3-4 mark against professional and national Costa Rican teams.

A weary squad played a level match with Belen through the 74th minute until the U-20 national champions capitalized on an opportunity in the 75th minute for a 1-0 lead. Despite several equalizing opportunities in the final 15 minutes, OSU fell by a 1-0 count.

'You could definitely tell we were on the last legs of this tour,' OSU head coach Dana Taylor said. 'A lot of matches against professional sides in 12 days is a lot to ask of any team. I thought our pace of the match today was a bit on the slow side. This concerns me, being only five days away from our opener. We're going to have to regroup a bit when we get home.

'As for the tour, it really did the job we were looking for,' Taylor continued. 'In addition to playing very competitive professional matches, we were able to experience things most people would only dream of. The players will take this experience with them for the rest of their lives.'

The Beavers open their season with a 4 p.m. match at Gonzaga on Friday, Aug. 30.

OSU's home opener is Sept. 13, when the Beavs host Cal-Riverside in the OSU/Diadora Classic at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m.

The tournament continues Sept. 15 when the Beavers take on Tulsa at 2 p.m.

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