Aztecs Stumble at No. 4 Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Aztec men's soccer team (0-4-1) fell at No. 4 Oregon State (7-1-0, 4-1-0) 5-0 on a cold and wet Saturday afternoon.
The Beavers held a 17-10 advantage in shots and 7-3 in shots on frame. This was the first time SDSU has been shut out or lost by more than one goal this season.
"We were just a step off today in our press and some individual defending moments and a team like Oregon State will make you pay dearly," head coach Ryan Hopkins said after the match. "We had some great learning moments today for the six freshmen starters to see the highest levels of college soccer as we continue to develop ourselves and where we want to go in the future."
The Beavers' first goal came in the 9th minute after Joel Walker took the ball down the right wing and then found Gloire Amanda in the middle of the box, who took a touch and then scored with his left foot.
Oregon State's next goal came on a PK in the 31st minute from Tsiki Ntsabeleng. The Beavers scored again on a penalty kick in the 50th minute, this time it was Amanda who found the back of the net, scoring his 11th goal of the year, the most in the nation.
Just three minutes later, the Beavers scored again when Gael Gilbert headed home a cross from Adrian Crespo.
The Beavers' final goal was in the 71st minute from Javier Armas with assists coming from Amanda and Walker.
The Aztecs tied Oregon State with eight corners.
THE NOTE I
The Aztecs started 10 underclassmen and six freshmen. Junior Tristan Weber was their lone upperclassman in the starting XI, while freshmen Fritz Oestreicher and John Foltyn earned their first collegiate start.
THE NOTE II
Freshmen Kevin Peraza and Aiden Hanes (goalkeeper) made their collegiate debut, coming off the bench in the second half.
QUOTE OF THE MATCH
"For me Oregon state is a legitimate final four team. They have it all, pace, power, passing, transition, dribbling, goal scoring and solid defending.. We have to learn quickly from this match and be ready to go for a good UCLA team and as we play the second round of Pac-12 matches. We have to find a way to put together a complete performance with full focus and mentality for 90-plus minutes." - Head Coach Ryan Hopkins
The Aztecs come back home and will host both UCLA (Wednesday) and No. 7 Washington (Sunday) next week.