Beavers Battle Xavier to Draw
CORVALLIS – The Oregon State men’s soccer team battled Xavier to a 0-0 draw Friday evening at Lorenz Field in Corvallis, Ore. The Beavers dominated the shot count and nearly found the net on numerous occasions in the match, including a Don Tchilao shot off the post in the 90th minute.
“Xavier is a really good team and I expect them to have a very good year,” said Oregon State head coach Terry Boss. “I think our team matured today. Every time we are on the field we get a little bit better. This is a game we wanted a little bit more from, but I’m proud of the way we ended. We started a little bit slow, but we came on strong. If that game had lasted five more minutes I think we would’ve won it.”
Overall Oregon State out-shot Xavier, who is currently receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, 19-6 and held a 12-3 advantage on corner kicks.
Both sides controlled possession for stretches during the opening 45 minutes.
Hassani Dotson and Sofiane Djeffal took shots from distance in the first half, but the teams headed to the break level at 0.
Eric Diaz came close to putting the Beavers on top in the 56th minute, but his curling effort drifted just over the crossbar. Oregon State followed that up with back-to-back corner kicks in the 69th.
Djeffal came close again in the 74th on a shot from long range. Gloire Amanda followed with an effort moments later, but his attempt was blocked. Dotson forced a diving save with a rocket in the 80th minute.
Tchilao nearly netted his third goal of the season in the dying moments of regulation, curling a left-footed effort off the post.
Diaz almost ended the match just two minutes into overtime, but his shot from 20 yards out took a deflection and hooked wide.
Oregon State led the shot count 10-2 in the second half and 7-1 in the two overtime periods. Amanda led the Beavers with five shots, while Diaz took four.
Freshman goalkeeper Adrian Fernandez posted his first collegiate clean sheet.
The Beavers will hit the road for the first time this season on Monday, when they head east to take on Penn State.
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