Beavers Beat Beacons 11-1

September 22, 2014

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State men’s soccer team set a school record for goals in a game, as it defeated Northwest Christian 11-1 Monday evening at Paul Lorenz Field in Corvallis, Ore.

“The challenge I made to the players before the game was to approach this game in a professional and mature manner, and we did that,” said head coach Steve Simmons. “I’ll give Northwest Christian credit: this is a much better Beacon team than the one we played last year, even though the score-line doesn’t reflect it. I think we are much better than we were last year. I think the credit goes to the leadership on our team. It’s in the fabric of everything we do, and that’s why a lot of our young guys are playing as well as they are.”

Senior Khiry Shelton finished with two goals and a school-record tying three assists. His seven points were the most by an Oregon State (7-1-0) player in a single game since Emery Welshman had seven against UW-Green Bay in 2012. Shelton now has nine assists this season, placing him just four behind the OSU single-season record of 13, set by Ryan Johnson in 2003. Sophomore David Boldt and freshman Rolando Velazquez also tied the Beaver record with three assists in the contest.

Junior Mikhail Doholis, and freshmen Jordan Jones and Timmy Mueller added two goals apiece.

After dominating the game for the first 14 minutes, the Beavers got the game’s opening goal in the 15th minute of play. Shelton started the move by playing a pass into the box, before Doholis shot the ball through traffic into the net.

It was the same combination that came through for the second goal, as Shelton fed Doholis for shot from the left side of the box. Boldt also recorded an assist on the play.

Sophomore Michael Steele opened his 2014 account in the 29th minute, scoring with a left-footed shot from six yards out following a beautiful cross-field ball from Shelton.

Jones scored his third goal of the season in the 32nd minute to close out the first half scoring. He took a pass from Boldt near the top of the box, and proceeded to take a few touches with his right foot before firing a shot into the left side of the net from 15 yards out.

Freshman Sam Tweeton scored the first goal of his collegiate career early in the second half, as he headed the ball off the right post and into the net, off of a free kick from Velazquez.

It was Shelton’s turn to bulge the onion bag in the 58th minute, as he slotted the ball into the side netting from 12 yards out off an assist from Jones. Shelton would add another less than four minutes later, when he scored from the left side of the area following a quickly-taken free kick from Velazquez.

Velazquez followed that up with a goal of his own, as he dribbled along the end-line before scoring from a tight angle. Sophomore Spencer Kleweno earned an assist on the play.

The Beacons (1-3-2) pulled one back in the 68th minute to make the score 7-1, but Oregon State quickly responded. This time is was Mueller, as the freshman intercepted a pass in the midfield, before dribbling past the goalie and scoring from the left side.

Mueller was on target again in the 78th minute, as the Beavers capitalized on another set piece. Velazquez whipped a corner kick into the box, which was headed across goal by Boldt before Mueller was able to put it past the keeper.

Jones closed out the scoring in the 82nd minute, as he intercepted a pass in the midfield before placing a shot into the left side of the net.

Oregon State’s seven second-half goals set a school record for goals in a single frame. The Beavers outshot the Beacons 35-6 in the contest.

“Overall I think this was a great performance,” Shelton said. “We came in knowing what we needed to do and we got the job done.”

The Beavers will return to action Friday, when they hit the road to take on Seattle U.

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