Findley's Overtime Score Lifts No. 15 OSU Over Stanford 3-2

Nov. 2, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Robbie Findley's goal in the sixth minute of overtime lifted the No. 15 Oregon State men's soccer team (12-4-0 overall, 6-1-0 Pacific-10) to a 3-2 victory over Stanford on Sunday in Pac-10 action at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.

Ross Duncan's second assist of the day set up Findley's game-winning goal when Duncan led the freshman up the right side with a long lead pass that got Findley in behind the defense.

Findley went one-on-one with charging Stanford keeper Andrew Kartunen and squeaked in his ninth goal of the year from the right side at the top of the box.

OSU is riding a six-game Pac-10 (and overall) winning streak, which is the longest conference winning streak in OSU history.

OSU owned a 2-1 lead late in the second half after Ryan Johnson scored his second goal of the weekend at 48:03 off a cross pass from Nick Donaldson.

The Beavers couldn't hold on for the win in regulation, as Stanford's Abe Gieger forced the extra session with his open-net score at 83:25 following a scramble in front of the net that brought OSU keeper Peter Billmeyer off his line.

'I have never known a game with (Stanford head coach Bret Simon's teams) to not be a battle,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'I knew coming in this year that maybe the tables had turned in the sense that we had beaten them down there and our guys felt that our homefield advantage would make it a little easier.

'I knew it was going to be a battle all the way to the end, I just didn't know it was going to be this dramatic.'

Stanford grabbed a 1-0 first-half lead at 25:18 on a 20-yard shot by James Twellman after a Beaver defender played a ball clear of the box that landed at Twellman's feet.

OSU's Evan McNeley drew the Beavers even in the 35th minute to make it 1-1 with a header off a Ross Duncan corner kick to the center of the six-yard box.

OSU keeper Peter Billmeyer made a season-high nine saves.

Duncan now has 10 assists this year, which is the second-highest all-time total at OSU only to Ryan Johnson's current total of 13 this season.

Findley tallied three goals this weekend - the game-winner Sunday and two in Friday's 3-1 win over California.

The Phoenix, Ariz., native now has 20 points in his first year as a Beaver. He had seven shots Sunday.

'I think RJ (Ryan Johnson) is coming alive - you couple his scoring with all of his assists, and he's a dangerous player,' Taylor said.

'I thought Robbie Findley was spectacular. Also, Alan Gordon received a lot of balls and did a great job of holding the ball for us and forcing the line to hold with him.

'On top of that, when Chad Bartlome went in, he immediately lifted the team and really gave some valuable minutes for us in the game.'

'Having said that, and taking nothing away from Stanford, I don't think this was the best effort by our team. Our team put forth the effort as the game went on, but I don't think we were firing on all cylinders today.'

With the win, OSU is now one game shy of equaling the school record of 13 wins, which it accomplished last year.

OSU seniors Peter Billmeyer, Nick Donaldson, Ross Duncan, Brian Farber, Alan Gordon, Kurt Ness and Christian vanBlommestein concluded their home careers Sunday; the Beavers play their final three matches of the year on the road.

'I'm proud of my team, and I'm so happy for my seniors,' Taylor said. 'They've been a major part of building this program and taking it to the national level that it is today.

'To battle through the loss of two players and now be on the other end of where they started is just incredible.

'Last year's seniors helped us get there for the first time, and this year's seniors are taking us to another level.'

The Beavers finished their home slate 6-1-0 this year.

OSU takes on Fresno State on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

NO. 15 OREGON STATE 3, STANFORD 2

Stanford 1 1 0 - 2

Oregon State 1 1 1 - 3

Scoring:

STAN - James Twellman (unassisted), 25:18

OSU - Evan McNeley (Ross Duncan), 34:49

OSU - Ryan Johnson (Nick Donaldson), 48:03

STAN - Abe Geiger (unassisted), 83:25

OSU - Robbie Findley (Ross Duncan), 95:10

Summary: SHOTS: STAN 16, OSU 17; CORNERS: STAN 3, OSU 7; SAVES: STAN 1, OSU 9; FOULS: STAN 15,

OSU 15

Cautions:

STAN - Galen Thompson, 80:07

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