Beavers Break Down Wildcats, Take 2-0 Win
CORVALLIS – Kolade Salaudeen and Adrian Crespo both found the net, as the Oregon State men’s soccer team took a 2-0 win over Davidson Friday evening at Paul Lorenz Field.
“One of the things we talked about today was our patience and continuing to be relentless,” said Oregon State head coach Terry Boss. “I was really proud of the way the guys managed the game. Davidson did a great job of playing in a really defensive shape, and they were really hard to break down. Our guys never lost the belief that the goal was going to come, and we were able to stick to our model. In the end it paid off, and I’m really happy with that.”
Salaudeen netted his first career goal in the 64th minute, converting on a set piece, as Arnaud Deniel played a header into a dangerous area. Crespo followed that up with an 88th minute tally, busting through the back line off a beautiful ball from Sofiane Djeffal.
The Beavers narrowly missed drawing first blood in the sixth minute, when Crespo forced a diving save from a tight angle. Joel Walker followed that up by forcing a save with a header in the 15th.
Eric Diaz came within inches of putting OSU ahead in the 40th, but his effort was saved out of play. Walker again nearly found the net on the ensuing corner kick, but the Davidson defender threw his body in the way to clear the threat.
The second half featured more Oregon State control. Salaudeen capitalized on a scramble in the box, as Deniel headed the ball across frame following a cross from Crespo. Crespo now has four assists on the year.
The Beavers continued to attack as the Wildcats looked for an equalizer. Miles Sanchez nearly got to a loose ball from six yards out, and Diaz stung a shot from inside the box that was blocked.
Walker hit the post in the 79th as he broke through on a nice feed from Djeffal. Sanchez and Alex Cover both had chances blocked on the rebound. Diaz again came within inches of a second for the Beavers, but his chip was cleared off the line by the Davidson defender.
Crespo found the net in the 88th to lock down the win, as Djeffal played him in behind the back line. The sophomore nearly scored a second moments later, but his shot from close range was over the bar.
Overall, Oregon State out-shot Davidson 24-8 and controlled 60 percent of the possession.
The Beavers will wrap up their season-opening four-game home stand Monday when Pacific visits Lorenz Field.
Season tickets for the 2019 Oregon State men’s soccer season are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 541-737-2050.
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