Acrobatic goal by Jones powers Beavers

November 3, 2016

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An incredible bicycle-kick golden goal by junior Jordan Jones gave the Oregon State men’s soccer team an impressive 3-2 victory over No. 21 San Diego State on Thursday at Lorenz Field.

Jones took a right-to-left pass from freshman Eric Diaz and acrobatically re-directed the ball into the right corner at 97:48 to give the Beavers (6-7-3, 2-4-2 Pac-12) their second consecutive Pac-12 Conference victory. They defeated California 1-0 on Oct. 30 victory in their previous start.

“San Diego State is a very good team, and if you give them half an inch they’re going to score,” said Oregon State head coach Steve Simmons. “But our guys did a great job of hanging in there, and Jordan came up with the magical moment. That whole play was team goal. Our guys didn’t give up. They had the momentum against them, and we were still able to create a special moment. That’s one of the greatest goals I’ve seen on Lorenz Field, and I’ve seen a lot of good goals here.”

It was the 22nd career goal for Jones, who now has 49 career points (22 goals, five assists). It was also the second time on Thursday that Jones and Diaz combined for a goal; they also teamed up at 55:12 to give the Beavers a 2-0 advantage.

“I’m at a loss of words for something like that,” Jones said. “Scoring a game-winner like that is something I’ve dreamt of since I was a kid. It’s something I’ll always remember.”

The Beavers thus evened their 2016 overtime record at 2-2-3, and improved their Pac-12 overtime mark to 1-2-1.

All five goals came in the second half or overtime. SDSU outshot the Beavers 17-13 and held a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks, but OSU keeper Ryan Vincent had six saves while posting his second win in a row.

Senior forward Matt Arbogast opened the scoring at 49:08, as his hard shot from just inside the 18-yard box finished a three-way play with sophomore Nathan Braaten and junior Jaime Mirrales.  It was his second career goal and his first since his freshman season, when he tallied in a 1-1 standoff at UCLA.

Jones doubled the lead at 55:12 by blasting a point-blank shot past SDSU keeper Adam Allmaras after taking a nifty over-the-top feed from Diaz. Diaz’s two assists tied him with fellow freshman David Norman Jr. for the team lead with five.

The first half was scoreless. The Aztecs outshot the Beavers 6-5 but OSU enjoyed a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

The Beavers earned four of a possible six points against the Aztecs this season. They tied 1-1 in San Diego on Sept. 29 in OSU’s conference opener. It was their third win in a row over SDSU at Lorenz Field.

OSU concludes its home season at 1 p.m. Friday against UCLA. It will be televised by Pac-12 National, Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 Los Angeles. It will also be the final home game for OSU seniors Arbogast, Devonte Small and Zach Striar.

The Beavers then wrap up the regular season at Washington on Nov. 10. The Huskies edged OSU 2-1 in double overtime at Lorenz Field back on Oct. 14 in their previous meeting this season.

For more information on the Oregon State men’s soccer team, follow the club’s official Twitter account at Twitter.com/@BeaverMSoccer.

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