Beavers Blank St. Mary's To Win Tourney

Sept. 14, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer tied the school record for career shutouts as the Beavers blanked St. Mary's 2-0 in non-league men's soccer Sunday afternoon at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium. Billmeyer's 12th shutout helped the Beavers to the championship of their own Diadora Classic tournament for the second straight year.

In Sunday's earlier game, Illinois-Chicago beat Gonzaga 4-3 in overtime. The Beavers had defeated Gonzaga 4-2 on Friday afternoon while UIC beat St. Mary's 2-1 on the opening day; OSU (4-2-0) won the title on goal differential.

'It was a good tournament for us - especially today with a shutout,' Oregon State head coach Dana Taylor said. 'That was something that was important for our defense going into the weekend. St. Mary's is very athletic and they posed some problems for us with five guys over 6-foot-1; they could do some things in the air. But our guys adjusted well to that.

'Now our efforts have to be refocused on a hard road trip back to New England.'OSU will play at Boston University on Friday, Rhode Island on Sunday and Holy Cross on September 24.

Against the Gaels (1-5-0), the Beavers got on the board in the 28th minute when Alan Gordon scored his second goal of the season off an assist by Ryan Johnson. Johnson crossed the ball in from the left side; Gordon's header from about 10 yards out found the left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Oregon State struck again early in the second half as Bryan Jordan got his second goal of the season off an assist from Ross Duncan in the 47th minute. Duncan's cross ricocheted off a Gael defender to Johnson, who knocked it home.

Billmeyer, a senior, had four saves in his second shutout of the season; after Gonzaga scored two early goals on Friday, he didn't allow a goal in the final 168 minutes of the tournament. His 12th career shutout tied the record set by James Bain from 1990-92.

'I was happy for out defense to get the shutout, and Peter did well coming out of the box,' Taylor said. 'We're proud of him for getting that record-tying shutout.'

The Beavers outshot St. Mary's 23-11, including 16-8 in the second half.

'We didn't come out with the energy that we did on Friday against Gonzaga, which is one of our traditional rivalries,' Taylor said. 'It wasn't a lack of effort, but there wasn't as much energy to give. We had some strong performances off our bench. Bryan Jordan gave us some great minutes, coming in to score again.

'Our midfielders had to work hard today, because St. Mary's is very athletic. Our guys had to concentrate for 90 minutes. I was proud of our forwards; they've really seemed to find the net in the last four games. It's very important for us to go into this trip knowing we can keep the ball out of the net and we can attack.'


Score by halves:

St. Mary's	0 0 - 0Oregon State	1 1 - 2


OSU - Alan Gordon (assist by Ryan Johnson), 27:44. OSU - Bryan Jordan (assist by Ross Duncan), 46:44.Statistics:

SHOTS: St. Mary's 11, Oregon State 23. CORNER KICKS: St. Mary's 3, Oregon State 5. SAVES: St. Mary's 10 (Wilson 10), Oregon State 4 (Billmeyer 4). FOULS: St. Mary's 16, Oregon State 22.


Score by halves:

Illinois-Chicago 0 3 1 - 4Gonzaga	         3 0 0 - 3Scoring:

GU - Scott Yuska (unassisted), 6:40. GU - Arni Pjeturrson (assist by Scott Yuska), 8:50. GU - Scott Bertram (assists by Charles Wells, Mike Herzog), 11:33. UIC - Derek Kosek (assist by Nate Day), 45:32. UIC - Nate Day (assist by John DeVae), 70:29. UIC - Roberto Gallo (assist by Tyler Cuba), 82:52. UIC - Dennis King (penalty kick), 96:52.


SHOTS: Illinois-Chicago 29, Gonzaga 23. CORNER KICKS: Illinois-Chicago 8, Gonzaga 8. SAVES: Illinois-Chicago 6, Gonzaga 8. FOULS: Illinois-Chicago 11, Gonzaga 14.

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