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Beavers Top No. 12/21 Cal 1-0

Oct 25, 2013

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Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State women’s soccer team claimed a 1-0 victory over No. 12/21 California, Friday evening in front of Beaver Nation.

Coming off a two-game winning streak, the Beavers were ready to keep the ball rolling. The first half remained a 0-0 standstill, both teams putting shots on frame. Right from the get-go, Oregon State was awarded two corner kicks and senior midfielder Haley Shaw sent two shots toward goal, causing California goalkeeper Emily Kruger to come up with a save.

Just 10 minutes into the second half, Oregon State put themselves on the board as senior captain Jacy Drobney stepped up to take a free kick just outside the 18. Drobney drove the ball low, far post, just past the hands of Kruger, giving the Beavs a 1-0 lead and the eventual win.

The Beavers took a season-high 19 shots, five of which were on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made six saves throughout the game, four of which came in the first half. After the win over the Golden Bears, Oregon State advances to 5-9-2 on the season and 3-3-1 in Pac-12 play.

“I think we did what we needed to do to get the result,” said Head Coach Linus Rhode. “The first half was much more open and we created a lot of chances, but overall the girls did a great job sticking to the game plan and executing.”

Oregon State’s back line collected its third straight shutout this season, proving that they can shut down even the top offensive players in the nation.

“I’m really happy with the back line, they have been solid for quite a few games,” Rhode said. “I think tonight they did a great job shutting down their attack.”

Drobney also recorded her first goal of the season, taking a total of four shots, her lone shot on goal finding the back of the net.

“We actually have been practicing that [free kick] a lot and last weekend we had something similar,” said Drobney. “So basically I just hit it right at Erin [Uchacz], who was standing in the wall, and the goalie had no idea and it went in far post.”

With three straight wins and three consecutive shutouts, the Beavers feel good about their performance, especially seeing as California is a top-25 team.

“The intensity was high tonight, people were doing their jobs, or defense was a lot calmer, and we are starting to get shots off in the attack,” Drobney said. “It was a good game to show that we can compete with a top-25 team.”

The Beavers take to the field again Sunday as they face No. 8/13 Stanford. The match will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m.