Findley Nets Another Golden Goal In OT As OSU Beats Fresno State 2-1

Nov. 7, 2003

FRESNO, Calif. - -

For the second game in a row, freshman Robbie Findley netted the game-winning shot in overtime, lifting No. 15 Oregon State to a 2-1 win over Fresno State on Friday night in Pacific-10 men's soccer action.

The win extends the Beavers' (13-4-0 overall, 7-1-0 Pac-10) winning streak to seven games, matching the longest streak in school history, which was first accomplished last year.

The Beavers also matched the school record of 13 wins - also set last year.

Findley, who scored the game-winner in the sixth minute on Nov. 2 against Stanford, netted the golden-goal in overtime at 95:58 from the top of the box after a corner kick was played back out.

The Beavers earned the win without the services of two key players, Christian vanBlommestein (injury) and Alan Gordon (stomach flu).

'This was a great team effort tonight,' OSU coach Dana Taylor said. 'I'm proud of the way the guys played, especially being down two key players.

'The guys believed in each other and battled and worked very hard. Fresno State presented a lot of problems; they're a very good team.'

OSU fell behind 1-0 in the 39th minute when Fresno State's Chris Murphy capitalized on a pass from Dan Oka to give the Bulldogs (5-12-0, 2-6-0) the halftime lead.

OSU's Ryan Johnson, who went the first 14 games of the year without a goal, netted a shot for the third game in a row to pull the Beavers even at 1-1 in the 62nd minute.Johnson did tally 13 assists in those first 14 games and is second in the nation in that category.

This also marks the third game in a row both Findley and Johnson scored goals.

OSU keeper Peter Billmeyer made five saves Friday.

The win was the first for OSU in Fresno; the Beavers have now won three of the last four from the Bulldogs, including a 4-0 win on Oct. 5 in Corvallis.

'This sets the table for Sunday,' Taylor said. 'We're looking forward to a great game with UCLA.'

The Beavers and Bruins kick off at 1 p.m. Sunday in Los Angeles.

NO. 15 OREGON STATE 2, FRESNO STATE 1, OT

Oregon State 0 1 1 - 2

Fresno State 1 0 0 - 1

Scoring:

FSU - Chris Murphy (Dan Oka), 38:20

OSU - Ryan Johnson (unassisted), 61:54

OSU - Robbie Findley (unassisted), 95:58

Summary:

SHOTS: OSU 8, FSU 13; CORNERS: OSU 2, FSU 2; SAVES: OSU 5, FSU 4; FOULS: OSU 10, FSU 11

Cautions:

OSU - Brian Johnson (YC)

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