Beavers Blank Boise State
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State women's soccer team brushed off Boise State, 2-0, to keep its unbeaten streak intact after five matches.
"I am extremely proud of the team," said head coach Lauren Sinacola. "We adjusted well throughout the entire game, scored some great goals and we were extremely solid defensively. Excited to take this momentum back on the road."
Picking up where she left off in the last home outing, McKenna Martinez had another two-score performance to lead the Beavers (3-0-2) over the Broncos (1-2-1) at Paul Lorenz Field on Thursday night. Both of her scores – occurring in a 21-minute stretch – came on unassisted strikes.
In a physical matchup, Oregon State took control offensively and put pressure on Boise State's Genevieve Crenshaw nearly from the jump. Gwen Jacobs' wide shot in the third minute was the first of 16 shots by the Beavers' offense on Thursday night.
After threatening Crenshaw, Martinez – one of the Pac-12's biggest offensive threats – broke the game's deadlock and put the Beavers up with just under 14 minutes to the break.
Not being complacent with the one-goal advantage, Martinez curled a shot from just inside the 18-yard box out of Crenshaw's reach to double the lead just over six minutes into the second half. The score sealed not only her second multi-score match of the season but moved her into sole possession of fifth all-time in program history for multi-score appearances.
The Beavers held onto their two-goal lead but wanted more. Up until the 86th minute, the Oregon State attackers pressed on in hopes of a third score.
Martinez's four shots led the attack for the Beavers, while Abby Schwartz tallied three, Valerie Tobias had a pair and seven – Reese Moffatt, Sophie Conrad, Jacobs, Juju Barker, Sawyer Service and Ava Benedetti – all added one.
With help from the backline, Hailey Coll went the entire 90 with a clean sheet – her first of 2022. The junior keeper needed to make just three saves to keep the Broncos off the board. A clutch save from her kept the game scoreless at the 15th minute mark.
While the Broncos outshot the Beavers in the first half by a 6-5 margin, the OSU backline held strong and did not allow another Boise State attacker to shoot for the last 45 minutes. Oregon State's defense did concede a corner in the second half.
A chippy contest – both sides combined for 28 fouls, with Oregon State being the more disciplined side, committing just 12.
On the note of disciplined play, Oregon State was not called offside.
Oregon State will head on the road for the next three matches, with a trip to UC Davis on Sunday morning. Kick-off between the Beavers and Aggies is slated for 10 a.m.
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