No. 13 Beavers Set to Host Saint Mary’s
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State men's soccer team returns to Lorenz Field to host non-conference contender Saint Mary's on Friday at 7 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore. The Beavers are 7-1-2 (3-0-1 Pac-12), second in the Pac-12 standings, and are ranked for the second consecutive week moving up to No. 13 in the past United Soccer Coaches poll. Tickets are available for Friday's game, ranging from $4-$6.
Last Time Out
The Beavers edged past Cal, 1-0, in Berkeley, Calif. on Oct. 7. Junior Sofiane Djeffal scored the sole goal of the match in the 87th minute of play off freshman Joran Gerbet's corner. In goal, junior Adrian Fernandez notched one save over the course of the game.
On Oct. 10, Oregon State and Stanford's battle ended in a 2-2 double overtime draw in Stanford, Calif. Graduate student Adrian Molina-Diaz scored the Beavers' first goal in the second minute of play, assisted by Djeffal and redshirt senior Tyrone Mondi. In the 21st minute, Djeffal posted OSU's second goal from the penalty kick mark.
Djeffal earned Pac-12 Player of the Week recognition on Oct. 11 for his efforts on the pitch against Cal and Stanford.
Last Time Against Saint Mary's (Calif.)
On Nov. 18, 2018, No. 24 Oregon State clashed with No. 4 Saint Mary's in Moraga, Calif., falling to the Gaels, 1-0. Historically, the Beavers are 3-4-0 in their all-time series with the Gaels.
Scouting Saint Mary's (Calif.)
The Gaels are 8-3-1 (1-0-1 WCC) this season, coming off a 2-2 double overtime draw with San Francisco. Saint Mary's has notched shutouts against Cal (Aug. 26), UNLV (Sept. 3), Dixie State (Sept. 6), Sacramento State (Sept. 19), a double overtime shutout against Stanford (Sept. 27), and Portland (Oct. 2).
Sophomore Cade Cowan and freshman Jack Vestberg are the Gaels' leading scorers, with three goals and one game-winner apiece. Senior David Brog and freshman Riley Lynch have each posted three assists to lead in the assists category. Between the pipes, sophomore Kash Oladapo has clocked 585:00 minutes, earning 23 saves and allowing seven goals, while fifth year senior Nicholas Lapinid has clocked 530:40 minutes and has notched 14 saves, allowing four goals. Overall, Saint Mary's has scored 17 goals compared to nine scored by opponents.
Last season the Gaels went 6-2-1 (4-2-1 WCC), kicking off the season with a 1-0 double overtime win over Pacific on Feb. 17. Saint Mary's went on to notch two wins over Santa Clara (Feb. 21 and March 21), earned a 2-0 shutout over Gonzaga (Mar. 14), and capped their season with a 3-1 victory at Portland on April 17.