Beavers Drop Tournament Match in Overtime
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Tyrone Mondi scored with less than five minutes left in regulation to force overtime, but the Oregon State men's soccer team was unable to come up with a late winner, as the Beavers fell to Virginia Tech 2-1 in overtime Sunday evening in Greensboro, N.C.
The defeat brings Oregon State's season to an end in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32. The Beavers finish the year with a record of 9-5.
The goal was Mondi's fifth of the season, while senior Joe Hafferty notched his fourth assist of the campaign.OSU outshot the Hokies 14-8 in the contest.
Roman Gabriel came up with a big save in the early going, as a Virginia Tech attacker found himself in on goal. Tsiki Ntsabeleng nearly found the breakthrough in the 10th minute, but his shot from the left side was saved.
Adrian Crespo just missed finding the head of Gloire Amanda in the 20th minute, as his left-footed cross sailed just over the forward's head. Joel Walker forced a save 10 minutes later, firing a low shot from the top of the box.
The Beavers looked as though they might take the lead just before the break, when they were awarded an indirect free kick in the Hokie box. Djeffal's blast was blocked, however, and the sides headed to the break scoreless.
Amanda forced a save with a shot across the face of goal early in the second half. The Hokies went in front in the 54th minute, heading on into the net from close range.
Oregon State nearly leveled the score in the 75th, as Amanda hammered one from outside the box – forcing a diving stop. The forward had another chance three minutes later, but his effort off a scramble in the box was over the bar.
Mondi sent the match to overtime after Joe Hafferty headed the ball back into a dangerous position following a scramble inside the area. The senior hammered it home from close range with four minutes left in regulation.
Mondi nearly scored late in the first overtime period, forcing the Virginia Tech goalie to make a diving save. The Hokies ended things on a headed goal with under a second remaining in the frame.
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