No. 3 Beavers Set for Battles with Stanford and California
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 3 Oregon State men's soccer team returns to Corvallis, Ore. to host Stanford and California on Thursday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., respectively. Both matches will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Network and tickets are available ranging from $4-$6. Sunday's match against California will be the Beavers' annual Dam Change game. The Beavers are 9-1-2 (4-0-1 Pac-12) and first in the Pac-12 standings. Nationally, Oregon State is ranked No. 3 in this week's United Soccer Coaches rankings, and check in at No. 1 in the NCAA RPI.
Last Time Out
No. 8 Oregon State gave No. 1 Washington its first loss of the season, edging past the Huskies, 3-2 in Seattle, Wash. on Oct. 22. The victory marked the Beavers' third win over opponents ranked in the United Soccer Coaches' top 25 this season, as well as their first outright win against a No. 1 ranked team.
Redshirt senior Tyrone Mondi opened scoring in the 9th minute of play, finding the back of the net for his seventh goal of the season, putting him as OSU's top scorer. Freshman Joran Gerbet scored his first collegiate goal in the 73rd minute to tie the Huskies, 2-2. Sophomore Mouhameth Thiam sealed Oregon State's 3-2 victory with a penalty kick drilled to the keeper's right in the 86th minute.
Last Time Against Stanford
Oregon State met Stanford on Oct. 10, in Stanford, Calif., tying with the Cardinal, 2-2. Graduate student Adrian Molina-Diaz found the net in the second minute with an assist from junior Sofiane Djeffal. In the 21st minute, Djeffal put the Beavers up 2-0 with a penalty kick. Stanford tied the score with goals in the 32nd and 35th minutes. OSU is 8-37-9 against the Cardinal.
Stanford is 5-5-4 (2-3-2 Pac-12). After meeting with No. 15 Oregon State on Oct. 10, the Cardinal recorded a 1-1 tie with non-conference opponent Denver (Oct. 16), a 4-0 shutout against San Diego State (Oct. 21), and a 1-1 tie with UCLA (Oct. 24).
Redshirt senior Zach Ryan is the Cardinal's top scorer, tallying five goals, two of which were game-winners. Leading Stanford in assists is junior Ousseni Bouda with nine. Bouda has nabbed two Pac-12 Player of the Week honors so far this season and has scored four goals of his own. Between the pipes, redshirt junior Matt Frank has clocked 1230:13 minutes, making 37 saves and allowing 12 goals. Stanford has scored 14 goals compared to eight scored by opponents.
The Cardinal went 10-3-1 (7-2-1 Pac-12) in the spring.
Last Time Against California
The Beavers downed California, 1-0, in Berkeley, Calif. on Oct. 7. Djeffal scored the sole goal of the match in the 87th minute, heading the ball off Gerbet's corner. Oregon State held the Golden Bears to three shots, all taken in the second half. The Beavers are 18-31-5 against the Cal.
Cal is 3-8-2 (1-5-0 Pac-12). After their match with the Beavers, the Golden Bears fell to Washington, 4-0 (Oct. 10), tied, 3-3, with non-conference opponent Santa Clara (Oct. 16), and clinched a 2-1 win over UCLA (Oct. 21).
Freshmen Wyatt Meyer and Shoei Honda, and junior Jack Singer are tied for top scorer, each posting three goals this season. Honda and Singer also have marked one game-winner each. Leading the Golden Bears in assists is sophomore Evan Davila with four. In goal, redshirt sophomore Collin Travasos has clocked 627:16 minutes and has 23 saves compared to 16 goals allowed. Redshirt senior Chris Gustini has clocked 582:44 minutes, notching 28 saves and allowing 10 goals. The Golden Bears have scored 14 goals compared to 26 scored by opponents.
The Golden Bears went 4-5-1 (4-5-1 Pac-12) in the spring.