Women's Soccer Plays No. 10 Florida State To 0-0 Standstill
Aug. 30, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - -
The Oregon State women's soccer squad got its 2002 season off to a fine start on Friday evening, taking tenth-ranked Florida State to double-overtime and coming away with a 0-0 result on FSU's home pitch.
In a match that saw both squads control portions of the game, OSU kept the pressure on with quality strikes throughout the contest while ably fending off FSU opportunities.
In the first half, freshman Brianna Monka drilled a shot off the crossbar and the Beavers put three shots on goal.
OSU's best chance for a score came in the second half, when sophomore forward Jillian Nicks booted a shot that was deflected by FSU keeper Kerry York, but continued toward the goal. The ball was swept off the line by a FSU defender to prevent the score, in a no-call that generated some controversy, but was nonetheless upheld.
Overtime saw a midfield run by OSU freshman Stacie Mescher come up empty when York made a clutch save to prevent the Beaver win.
OSU senior keeper Jo Fletcher came up big on several occasions, stopping four Seminole 1-on-1 breakaway chances cold on her way to 10 saves on the evening.
Mandy Melendez also cleared a would-be score with a header after Fletcher deflected a shot that continued toward the goal.
Lindsey Beem paced the Beaver attack with four shots on the day, while FSU's Cindy Schofield put four of her six shots on goal. OSU's defense allowed less than 50 percent of FSU's 23 shots to come on goal, while the Beavers forced a save on seven of their 10 shots.
Though the Beavers battled the nation's No. 10 team to a standstill, the squad came away disappointed with the result, feeling they should have won.
'I think the key here is that our team was disappointed with the result today,' fifth-year head coach Steve Fennah said. 'I believe it was a very fair result. Our disappointment bodes well with regards to where our team's mindset is, however.
'This was a fantastic game though,' Fennah said. 'Today's match was a credit to the college game. Both teams had a chance to win it.
'We played very well front-to-back. Our defense looked good, we got great midfield play, and we had several opportunities on goal. The keepers from both teams came up huge; I'm very excited about our team's performance.
OSU remains in Tallahassee this weekend, taking on Wake Forest in the Beavers' final match of the FSU/Nike Invitational on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time.
OSU begins it home slate on Friday, Sept. 6 against Hawaii, and wraps up its two-game homestand with a match against Gonzaga on Sunday, Sept. 8.
OREGON STATE 0, NO. 10 FLORIDA STATE 0, 2 OT
Oregon State 0 0 0 0 - 0
Florida State 0 0 0 0 - 0
SHOTS: OSU 10, FSU 23; CORNERS: OSU 2, FSU 11; SAVES: OSU 10, FSU 7; FOULS: OSU 18, FSU 9.