OSU Wins Wild Double-Overtime Match With Rhode Island, 4-3

Sept. 21, 2003


Alan Gordon's second goal of the day in the 105th minute lifted the Oregon State men's soccer team to a 4-3 double-overtime win over Rhode Island at URI's Lighthouse Inn/Kappa Classic on Sunday.

Gordon supplied his second game-winner of the year when he headed in a cross from Ryan Johnson in the right side of the box at the 104:42 mark. Ross Duncan was also credited with an assist on the play.

OSU (5-3-0) owned the lead four times in the game, but URI (2-5-0) retaliated with an equalizer three times during regulation.

Brian Farber gave OSU a brief 3-2 lead late in regulation with his first career goal on a breakaway after he split two defenders and blasted a shot from 18 yards.

Farber scored at 85:32, but URI's Simon Gatti took a pass from Conor Lander 13 seconds later and sent a shot past backup OSU keeper Matthew Fitchett to even the score at 3-3 and force overtime.

'This was the most exciting game I've been a part of in my entire coaching career,' said fifth-year head coach Dana Taylor, who was also an assistant at Creighton for four years prior to coming to OSU. 'We had the game won with 4 � minutes to go, and they scored 13 seconds later.

'This game had everything - there were great goals, it was physical and very emotional. The guys played with everything they had, it took all of our players to pull this one off today. It was a team effort and it was a very important win for us.

'URI is a very good team,' Taylor said. 'Though their record doesn't indicate it, they were one of the best teams we've played so far.'

Gordon opened the scoring for OSU in the first half when he put away a Ryan Johnson shot that rebounded off URI keeper Dean Ruddy at the 23:57 mark.

Fifteen minutes later, URI's Jeffrey Gonsalves took a through-ball from Joe Spofford and lofted a shot past OSU keeper Peter Billmeyer to send the teams to halftime deadlocked at 1-1.

In the 66th minute, Johnson tallied another assist when he set up Robbie Findley's 25-yard shot that gave OSU a 2-1 lead.

Johnson was credited with three assists Sunday, tying an OSU record most recently achieved by Chad Bartlome in a 6-3 win over Washington last year.

In the 77th minute, Spofford brought the Rams even at 2-2 off a midfield pass from Elliott Morgan. Spofford was later ejected when he received his second yellow card with 27 seconds remaining in regulation.

OSU keeper Peter Billmeyer started in goal, but was lifted at halftime in favor of Fitchett, who played the rest of the game in net, giving up two goals but making two key saves.

For the year, Johnson, only a sophomore, already has seven assists and has moved into a tie for fourth place on OSU's career assist list with 12. Johnson's seven assists in just eight games match the third-highest season total in school history.

With another goal Sunday, Findley now has a team-leading six scores this year.Despite seven goals being scored by the two teams, only 27 total shots were taken - 13 by OSU and 14 by URI.

OSU defenders Kurt Ness and Christian vanBlommestein, along with forward Robbie Findley, were named to the all-tournament team.

The Beavers play Holy Cross on Wednesday in their final game of a three-game road trip before opening Pacific-10 Conference play Oct. 3 against UCLA in Corvallis.


Oregon State 1 2 0 1 - 4

Rhode Island 1 2 0 0 - 3


OSU - Alan Gordon (Ryan Johnson), 23:57

URI - Jeffrey Gonsalves (Joe Spofford), 38:07

OSU - Robbie Findley (Ryan Johnson), 65:57

URI - Joe Spofford (Elliott Morgan), 76:52

OSU - Brian Farber (unassisted), 85:32

URI - Simon Gatti (Conor Lander), 85:45

OSU - Alan Gordon (Ryan Johnson, Ross Duncan), 104:42




OSU - Evan McNeley, 20:38

URI - Jeffrey Gonsalves, 35:56

OSU - Carlos Cornejo, 55:38

URI - Elliott Morgan, 61:08

URI - Joe Spofford, 72:51

OSU - Bryan Jordan, 100:53


URI - Joe Spofford, 89:33 (second yellow card)

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