Beavers Drop Hard Fought Battle To No. 2 UCLA
Nov. 3, 2002
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Oregon State men's soccer team (11-6-0, 2-5 Pac-10) dropped its second match of the weekend Sunday 2-0 to No. 2 UCLA (11-2-2, 6-1 Pac-10).
The Bruins got on the board early when Adolfo Gregorio fired a shot into the net from 12 yards out in the middle of the box. Forward Cliff McKinley and midfielder Ryan Futagaki assisted Gregorio.
Gregorio was the determining factor for the Bruins early, as the Beavers searched, but could not find an answer for his goal.
'We battled very hard,' head coach Dana Taylor said. 'We were just broken down by an outstanding individual effort by Adolfo Gregorio in the first half.'
UCLA's second goal came at 65:03 in the second half on a goal by Matt Taylor. Taylor's goal came off a chip shot, which sailed just over the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer. Tim Pierce and Scot Thompson were credited with the assist.
'We played very well in the second-half until UCLA scored,' Taylor said. 'After they scored the second goal the game became very loose and turned into a shooting match.'
OSU was plagued by missed opportunities throughout the game, as they watched many of their shot's shank off of the goal posts.
The Beavers came into the weekend No. 19 in the nation in scoring, averaging 2.46 goals per game, but were unable to build on that as they were shut out for the second game in a row.
After dropping both matches on the weekend the Beavers are still one game away from matching the school record of 12 wins in a season. The last time the Beavers won 12 games in a season came in 1989 when the team finished 12-6-2.
This year's team will get the opportunity to match that record and bolster their chances for a post season berth when they take on Washington Nov. 10 at home.
'When we take on Washington it will be an absolute battle,' Taylor said. 'It will probably be the most challenging game of the year for us and will be very important if we want to have the opportunity to play in the post season.'
UCLA 2, OREGON STATE 0
Oregon State 0 0 - 0UCLA 1 1 - 2
Scoring:UCLA - Adolfo Gregorio (Cliff McKinley, Ryan Futagaki), 3:46.UCLA - Matt Taylor (Tim Pierce, Scot Thompson), 65:03.
Summary: SHOTS: OSU 7, UCLA 13; CORNERS: OSU 2, UCLA 8; SAVES: OSU 0, UCLA 3; FOULS: OSU 13, UCLA 15.