OSU Nets 12th Win With 6-3 Victory Over Washington
Nov. 10, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
The Oregon State men's soccer team equaled the highest win total in school history with its 12th win of the year - a thorough 6-3 victory over Washington at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium on a chilly Sunday afternoon.
The Beavers (12-6-0 overall, 3-5-0 Pacific-10) also matched a Lorenz Field record with 18 points, a figure bolstered by Pac-10 scoring leader Alan Gordon's three goals.
Gordon now has 32 points on the year with 14 goals and four assists, placing him second onOSU's all-time season scoring list and leaving him just four points shy of setting the school record.
OSU, which trailed twice by scores of 1-0 and 3-2, rallied with four goals in an 18 minute span in the second half to earn the win.
With the score tied at 2-2 at halftime, Washington's Brett Wiesner notched his second goal of the day off a Jeff Hoover pass at the 65 minute, 4 second mark to give the Huskies (5-9-3, 2-6-0) a 3-2 advantage.
The lead was shortlived, as Joe Zaher answered for OSU with his ninth goal of the year to make it 3-3. Zaher's score came at 70:34 when Ross Duncan lofted a free kick to the far post, where it was flicked back through a host of Huskies by Chad Bartlome to Zaher, who was in position in the middle of the goal mouth.
Bartlome's assist was one of three on the day, a feat that matches the OSU record for assists in a game by an individual. Greg Howes is the only other Beaver to record three assists, doing so in 1998 against Western Washington.
Ryan Johnson added another score at 86:02 when he got a foot on a loose ball in a crowd in front of the net and lofted it in to make it 5-3.
Matt Johnson added his third goal of the year at 88:33 for the final of 6-3.
The win is OSU's second in a row over the Huskies after going winless (0-16-1) in the teams' first 17 meetings.
In the first half, Gordon provided OSU's scoring with goals at 13:27 and 24:59 to make it 2-1 after UW's Gavin Hobbs headed in a Seth Marsh corner kick for a 1-0 lead at 12:52.
In the 26th minute, Wiesner brought Washington even at 2-2, less than a minute after Gordon's second score.
OSU coach Dana Taylor praised his team's resiliency on Sunday.
'At halftime, I told the guys, 'Here it is. You've worked so hard, come so far, you've got 45 minutes left and you've got to lay it on the field,'' the fourth-year coach said. 'The guys came out and really battled hard in the second half.
'This was a very physical match today, which is the kind of game we thought it would be. It was a very hard-fought, tightly contested game. We're trying to make a statement to get into the NCAA tournament, so a win today is very helpful in taking that next step.'
Gordon's hat trick was the first since Aaron McHardy netted three scores in a 5-0 win over Western Washington on Oct. 19 last year.
'I think we found the back of the net in a great way,' Taylor said. 'Alan had a big day. I didn't start him today just to send him a little bit of a message, and he came out firing on all cylinders. So we're happy that he's found his form again going into the last two games.'
OSU's six goals match the highest output of the year, and the team matched a school record with six assists in a game for the third time this season. The six goals are the most scored by an OSU team in a Pac-10 game in the conference's three years of sponsoring men's soccer, and are two more than OSU scored in the entire eight-game season of Pac-10 play last year.
'So many people got on the scoreboard today,' Taylor said. 'Chad Bartlome had a great game, and I thought all the forwards played out of their minds. Christian played very strong in the back, and some guys had to adapt in the back that hadn't been in there in a while. Our midfielders battled - everybody worked hard today.'
In all, the teams combined for nine goals, which are the most combined goals in an OSU game since the Beavers beat Columbia Christian 9-1 in 1988. In all, 13 different players - eight Beavers and five Huskies - recorded points.
The win sets up showdowns with Stanford and California on the final weekend of the regular season. OSU hosts the Cardinal this Friday and the Golden Bears on Sunday; both games kick off at 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE 6, WASHINGTON 3
Washington 2 1 - 3
Oregon State 2 4 - 6
UW - Gavin Hobbs (Seth Marsh), 12:52
UW - Brett Wiesner (Aaron Heinzen), 25:49
UW - Brett Wiesner (Jeff Hoover), 65:04
OSU - Ryan Johnson (unassisted), 86:02
OSU - Matt Johnson (unassisted), 88:33
Summary: SHOTS: UW 13, OSU 18; CORNERS: UW 6, OSU 6; SAVES: UW 6, OSU 5; FOULS: UW 17, OSU 9
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