Beavers and Bears Draw at Lorenz
CORVALLIS – The Oregon State men's soccer team battled California to a 1-1 draw Thursday evening at Lorenz Field.
Dante Williams scored the Beavers lone goal of the contest, a first-half marker which was his third goal of the season. Overall, Oregon State led the shot count 22-6 and held a 10-2 advantage on corner kicks.
The Beavers struck first less than 10 minutes in, as Dante Williams slotted one into the bottom right corner at the end of a brilliant passage of play that saw assists awarded to Adrian Molina-Diaz and Fabian Straudi.
Williams nearly added a second in the 18th minute, but his header was just wide. Clarence Awoudor smashed one into the side netting in the 21st, before the official waved the play offside.
Nicklas Lund hammered a header off the crossbar in the 35th minute, as the Beavers continued to dominate the action. Awoudor put one over the crossbar just before the intermission, and Oregon State headed to the break with a one-goal advantage.
Cal leveled the score against the run of play in the 53rd minute, as an impressive strike from a tight angle put the Golden Bears on the board. David Perez nearly put the Beavers back in front minutes later, but his effort was outside the right post from 18 yards out.
Awoudor nearly came up with one of the goals of the season in the 67th, dribbling from the OSU half through a slew of Golden Bears before forcing a save from the top of the box. The California was reduced to 10 men after a red card was issued for a dangerous challenge in the 71st minute.
Lund and Molina-Diaz had back-to-back shots from tight range in the 80th minute, but both efforts went wanting. Oregon State pressed forward for the final 10 minutes, creating a number of late scoring chances, but the match ended in a stalemate.
The Beavers will return to Lorenz Field on Sunday for a matchup with No. 5 Stanford.
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