OSU Loses Tough Match To NO. 2 UCLA, 2-1
Oct. 3, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. - The Oregon State Men's soccer team lost 2-1 to No. 2 UCLA in the teams' Pacific-10 Conference opener Friday afternoon at Lorenz Field. The Beavers (6-4-0, 0-1 Pac-10) played the Bruins (7-1-0, 1-0 Pac-10) very evenly but a late penalty kick secured the Bruins' victory.
The Bruins got off to an early lead in the third minute when a free kick from Adolfo Gregorio found an open Dru Hoshimiya 25 yards out, who sent the ball past a diving Beaver goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer.
The Beavers came out firing in the second half and in the 56th minute tied the game at 1-1. Ross Duncan struck a free kick from 40 yards out that curved into the left upper corner of the goal.
It was the first goal of the season for Duncan, who adds to his five points from the five assists he has so far this season.
The Bruins second goal came when the Beavers were called for a penalty in the box in the 71st minute. Gregorio took the penalty kick for the Bruins and sent a hard low shot to the left side. Billmeyer guessed right and got a piece of the ball, but it hit the crossbar and back into the net.
The Beavers had one more good chance to tie the game when Alan Gordon challenged Bruin goalkeeper Zach Wells on a cross from the left side. Wells lost control of the ball and Duncan was there to put it in the back of the net, but the referee called a foul on Gordon and the goal did not count.
'I was really proud of the effort that the guys played with today' said Beavers head coach Dana Taylor. 'We proved that we are good enough to play with anyone in the country. I thought we played very well defensively, looked organized and the guys definitely brought the energy. I expect nothing less on Sunday when we have to play a very tough Fresno State team'.
The Beavers and Bruins series continues to be closely contested, as four of the last six contests have been decided by one goal.
The goal scored against Wells was only his fourth goal given up this season in eight games. It was only the third game that he has not shutout his opponent.
The game was physical on both sides with the Beavers fouling 21 times and the Bruins 15.
The Beavers next game will be at home on Sunday, Oct. 5th to host Fresno State at 1 p.m.
NO. 2 UCLA 2, OREGON STATE 1
UCLA 1 1 - 2
Oregon State 0 1 - 1
UCLA - Dru Hoshimiya (Adolfo Gregorio); 2:38
OSU - Ross Duncan (Unassisted); 55:43
UCLA - Aldolfo Gregorio (Penalty Kick); 70:57
SHOTS: UCLA 17, OSU 10; CORNERS: UCLA 8, OSU 3; SAVES: UCLA 3, OSU 6: FOULS: UCLA 15, OSU 21
OSU - Ross Duncan (YC) 36:48
UCLA - Chad Barrett (YC) 85:50