Beavs Blast Valpo, 4-2 In Season-Opener

Sept. 2, 2004

VALPARAISO, Ind. - - Four different Beavers scored Wednesday as the Oregon State men's soccer team (1-0-0) earned a convincing 4-2 come-from-behind win over non-league foe Valparaiso (0-1-0) in the season-opener for both programs.Robbie Findley, the 2003 Pacific-10 Freshman of the Year, opened the scoring in the ninth minute off a pass from Ryan Johnson to give OSU a brief 1-0 lead.After goals from Mickey Miller and Owen Hoyt in the 23rd and 41st minutes made it 2-1 Valparaiso, OSU senior Chad Bartlome took advantage of a misplayed Valpo pass to level the match at 2-2 at the 41:28 mark less, than a minute after Valpo's second score.'On the day, I thought our players didn't perform to the level of expectation we've set as a standard for Oregon State,' sixth-year head coach Dana Taylor explained. 'We made uncharacteristically poor decisions and didn't play with the passion that is typical of this program. We did a much better job in the second half, but we need to make some strides.'The Beavers took advantage of their front line depth throughout the game, and netted two more scores to seal the win in the second half.In the 53rd minute, freshman Robby Christner scored the game-winner on a pass from fellow newcomer Brett Gardner to make it 3-2. Nathan Quan set up Ryan Johnson's insurance goal with 15 minutes to play for the final of 4-2.Seven Beaver newcomers saw action Wednesday, as OSU outshot Valpo 16-5.'Offensively, it was nice to see four different players score,' Taylor said. 'We knew we had the ability to score goals, and it was nice to see that we could score four on our first outing. But again, that's not the concern. The concern is our ability to lock down the game.'OSU now travels to Bloomington, Ind., where it takes on No. 9 Notre Dame on Friday and No. 1 Indiana on Sunday in the Hoosier Classic.OREGON STATE 4, VALPARAISO 2Oregon State 2 2 - 4Valparaiso 2 0 - 2Scoring:OSU - Robbie Findley (assist by Ryan Johnson), 9:13VALPO - Mickey Miller (Owen Hoyt), 22:34VALPO - Owen Hoyt (D.J. Catrow), 40:33OSU - Chad Bartlome (unassisted), 41:28OSU - Robby Christner (Brett Gardner), 52:48OSU - Ryan Johnson (Nathan Quan), 73:18Summary:SHOTS: OSU 16, VALPO 5; CORNERS: OSU 6, VALPO 2; SAVES: OSU 1, VALPO 2;FOULS: OSU 23, VALPO 7.Cautions/Ejections:YC- D.J. Catrow, Valpo, 34:42YC - Brian Johnson, OSU, 36:46RC - D.J. Catrow, Valpo, 65:38

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