Big Second Half Lifts OSU Over New Mexico, 5-2

Oct. 4, 2002


The Oregon State women's soccer team improved its overall record to 7-2-2 with a 5-2 win over New Mexico on the strength of two goals each from Brianna Monka and Courtney Carter in the second half.

Monka broke a 1-1 tie at the 66:49 mark with the first of her two consecutive goals in less than four minutes. Lindsey Beem lofted a corner kick to the far post where Monka was able to tap it in for a 2-1 lead.

In the 70th minute, Liz Money sent a long ball forward that bounced over UNM keeper Kristen Winters' head and led to a collision in the backfield between an OSU attacker and a UNM defender. With the ball loose in the box, Monka put it in the back of the net for a 3-1 advantage.

Courtney Carter gave OSU a 4-1 lead 46 seconds later when she headed home a crisp crossing pass from Katie Henderson. The score set a new OSU mark for least time between goals.

After a Michelle Longmire score on a through pass from Erchen Theys brought the Lobos (6-5-0) within 4-2 in the 72nd minute, Carter struck again at 81:34 when Morgan Crabtree led her up the left sideline to set up the score. Carter went one-on-one with Winters and put a shot into the far corner from 15 yards out for the final score of 5-2.

Longmire's goal capped a total of four goals by the two teams in four minutes, 56 seconds and was the third combined goal in one minute, 45 seconds.

Carter and Monka combined for four goals in just under 15 minutes.

With an early 1-0 lead, the Beavers battled complacency and an energized UNM squad for the balance of the first half.

'We were very pleased with our start,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'We played well for the first 20 minutes. We scored a goal, and then we seemed to stop playing after that and allowed them to get back in the game. New Mexico had a little more emotion at that point.

'At halftime, we had a little chat about playing the entire game and getting the ball moving up to speed. We did that very well in the second half.

'Our gals came out after halftime and tried hard to do what we were asking them to do,' Fennah said. 'Once we got the second goal, that was our reward and the confidence built from there. We moved the ball around tremendously for the last 30 minutes or so.'

OSU forged an early 1-0 lead in the 19th minute when Brianna Monka connected with Henderson on a short through pass from the right wing. Henderson scored from five yards out.

The Lobos drew even at the 55:41 mark when Erchen Theys stole an OSU pass in the Beavers' third at the top of the box and sent a blast over OSU keeper Jo Fletcher.

OSU owned an 8-5 shot advantage in the first half and built that total to 24-10 for the game.

With a goal and an assist, Henderson moved into a tie for fifth on OSU's all-time goals list and a tie for seventh in assists. She remains in sixth place on the points list with 52.Monka finished the match with five points on two goals and an assist, and Carter tallied her fourth and fifth goals of the year.

'It was a great performance by both players,' Fennah said. 'Courtney Carter's movement off the ball today was fantastic. As a striker, you have to come in looking for goals, but then you have to provide some width as well. She recirculated several times and created some width for us on the left side. She did a super job finishing off an assist from Katie Henderson with a tremendous header.

'Bri Monka's goals were more 'sniffer's' goals: she got in the right place at the right time, found the ball, and stuck it in the back of the net.

'Both players had nice performances. Morgan Crabtree also stepped up her game in the second half by finding the ball and being our 'quarterback'.

Though OSU surrendered two second-half goals, the defense did it's part to prevent consistent threats from the Lobos.

'All day, we talked to our defenders about passing the ball out of the back a bit,' Fennah said. 'We got caught in the second half when we turned it over and they scored, but that's okay and we've got to learn to do that. I thought the backs did a nice job of passing overall, particularly as the game went on.'

The win sets up OSU for Pacific-10 Conference play, which begins Oct. 11 with a 3 p.m. home match against Washington State. Washington follows on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at Lorenz Field.


New Mexico 0 2 - 2

Oregon State 1 4 - 5


OSU - Katie Henderson (Brianna Monka), 18:36

UNM - Erchen Theys (unassisted), 55:41

OSU - Brianna Monka (Lindsey Beem), 66:49

OSU - Brianna Monka (Liz Money), 70:00

OSU - Courtney Carter (Katie Henderson), 70:46

UNM - Michelle Longmire (Erchen Theys), 71:45

OSU - Courtney Carter (Morgan Crabtree), 81:34




OSU - Lindsey Beem, 61:55

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