Oregon State Dispatches James Madison
HARRISONBURG, Va. – In the final nonconference match of the season, Oregon State knocked off James Madison with a 1-0 result on the road.
"(I'm) very proud of the team," said head coach Lauren Sinacola. "To bounce back after Thursday and come out flying like we did, I could not ask for anything different. We are ready to make our way back across the country and prepare for Pac-12 play. Go Beavs!"
The Beavers (4-2-2) snapped a two-match losing streak with help from Sawyer Service's 54th-minute goal as the difference-maker.
From the match's onset, Oregon State was in control of the ball but could not quite get the ball past the Dukes' Alexanda Blom. In the first 45 minutes, the Beavers tallied five shots with four of them being on target.
In the second half, the Beavers offense picked up where it left off. On an early free kick, Bryana Pizarro sent a through-ball right toward Service, who headed into the net for the match-winner just eight minutes into the second stanza. While the score proved to be the difference, Oregon State kept the offense coming with multiple threats on Blom.
The Beavs added six more shots and three of those were on frame to keep Blom uncomfortable in the final 45.
The defense gave a valiant effort in keeping Service's goal the difference – limiting the chances by allowing just one corner kick. Additionally, the hosts were not able to register a shot in the first half.
While it was the second clean sheet of the season for Hailey Coll, the backline forced JMU to make numerous errors in staying off the scoreboard. A well-disciplined play by Caroline Duncan, a graduate student, allowed a Dukes opportunity to go by the wayside and help secure the road win.
Coll needed to make just three saves – all in the second half – in the win. Seven Beavers tallied at least a shot on goal, while McKenna Martinez had a pair.
Oregon State will be back in action on Friday, September 23rd against Washington State to start Pac-12 play. Kickoff from Paul Lorenz Field is set for 6 p.m.
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).