Cal Loses 4-0 At No. 8 Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. – California men's soccer ran into a talented Oregon State team on Saturday night at Lorenz Field and lost 4-0 to the eighth-ranked Beavers.
The Golden Bears' record dropped to 0-3 (0-3 Pac-12), while the conference-leading Beavers improved to 6-0 (3-0 Pac-12).
Sofiane Djeffal scored to give OSU a 1-0 advantage in the third minute off assists from Gloire Amanda and Mouhameth Thiam. Thiam and Tyrone Mondi set up Gloire's 10-yard strike in the 21st minute to double the lead. In the 34th minute, Joel Walker scored from 17 yards out after another Gloire assist. Oregon State took the 3-0 lead into halftime.
Cal opened on the front foot in the second half, pinging the ball around well in midfield. But Oregon State responded with its fourth goal in the 52nd minute, with Mondi scoring thanks to assists from Thiam and Adrian Crespo.
The Bears had some good chances late. Midfielder Fernando Andrade had his 73rd-minute effort saved by OSU goalkeeper Adrian Fernandez, and midfielder Fahmi Ibrahim had his 79th-minute shot blocked inside the OSU box. Forward Nate Carrasco hit the crossbar in the 80th minute and midfielder Juan Martinez hit the post in the 89th minute. But the Beavers held on to the shutout.
Cal goalie Collin Travasos made five saves in 90 minutes in his first start.
"Oregon State had four incredible finishes tonight, so you have to tip your hat to them," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "We hit the woodwork twice in the second half, and sometimes an inch or two can bring you back into a game. A number of players played high-quality minutes and got experience that we will need as we push forward in the spring campaign."
Cal next plays at San Diego State in another Pac-12 match on March 13 at 1 p.m.