Joy's Goal Lifts OSU To First-Ever Win Over Stanford, 1-0

Oct. 26, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Janelle Joy's second-half goal lifted Oregon State to a 1-0 win over Stanford Sunday in Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer action at Lorenz Field as the Beavers claimed their first victory in the 11-game series with the Cardinal.

Sophomore Amy Johnson, a transfer from Utah State and a native of Eugene, Ore., made her first career start and posted an eight-save shutout thanks in part to a standout defensive performance from OSU's back line. The shutout was OSU's fifth of the year.

Joy scored her fourth goal of the season at the 70:02 mark after taking a pass from Tessa Baker out wide on the right side and dribbling to the center of the box, where she fired the game-winner from 12 yards.

OSU improved to 6-8-2 overall and 2-2-1 in Pac-10 play while the Cardinal dropped to 8-7-2 and 3-2-1.

'It's like I said on Friday that the team's been pretty good at learning from its experiences all season long,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'The key we had to get from Friday (OSU's 3-2 loss to California) was that we had to play from the first minute to the last minute.

'This was a tremendous all-around team performance and we got a great goal from Janelle - she stayed with it. She really deserved that - she's worked tremendously hard and it's good to get her a reward.'

OSU forced most of Stanford's 19 shots to come from the perimeter.

'Amy didn't have to make any big-time saves, she just had to catch balls that were bouncing toward her,' Fennah said. 'Any time you can protect the space behind you and let them have shots from out front - okay, you risk one whistling in every now and then, but we've got two good goalkeepers and we can trust them to make saves from out there. From that side of it, we executed very well also.'

The Beavers' win was the first in the 11-game series with the Cardinal, which dates back to 1990, and was cued in part by crisp passing in the midfield.

'Our passing was good,' Fennah said. 'I think what we did today was we did an excellent job of finding the open person. We made adjustments in our formation a little bit and found the open player - I think that was the key.

'We played with composure today as well. Obviously, we defended very well - they had a number of shots, but again, I said to our kids, 'if they're shooting from 20-30 yards all day, we'll take it.''

The Beavers were the first team to score a goal against Stanford in three games, as the Cardinal had shut out its two previous opponents, USC (2-0) and No. 3 UCLA (0-0).

Joy now has nine points this year (4 goals, 1 assist), while Baker upped her team-leading total to 21 (9 goals, 3 assists).

The Beavers travel to Arizona next weekend to face the Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 31 and Arizona State Sunday, Nov. 2.

OREGON STATE 1, STANFORD 0

Stanford 0 0 - 0

Oregon State 0 1 - 1

Scoring:

OSU - Janelle Joy (Tessa Baker), 70:02

Summary:

SHOTS: STAN 19, OSU 7; CORNERS: STAN 6, OSU 2; SAVES: STAN 1, OSU 8; FOULS: STAN 7, OSU 8

Cautions:

OSU - Liz Money, 54:30

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