Beavers Downed by Eagles, 1-0
SPOKANE, Wash. – In control for most of the match, the Oregon State University men’s soccer team outpaced their opponent in the majority of stat columns, but lost in the one that mattered as American University claimed a 1-0 victory at Luger Field on the campus of Gonzaga University on Friday afternoon.
The Beavers (1-2) outshot the Eagles (1-2) at 21-4, eight of which needed stops from AU’s keeper, and added 10 corner kicks to American’s two.
“As far as creating chances, we did that by the boatload,” said head coach Steve Simmons. “It’s a stinging result, but we will recollect ourselves and get back after it on Sunday.”
Seniors Timmy Mueller (Post Falls, Idaho) and Jaime Miralles (Vinaros, Spain) each had two shots on goal, while classmate Jalen Markey (Seattle, Wash.), junior Don Tchilao (Chandler, Ariz.), and freshmen Joe Hafferty (Renton, Wash.) and Mitch Hammer (Cave Creek, Ariz.) all had one.
Redshirt-junior Ryan Vincent (Newberg, Ore.) took the decision for OSU with two saves in 90 minutes.
Vinny Barone was the difference maker in the match for the Eagles as he took the corner kick from Tim Neumann in the 86th minute and slotted a header shot past Vincent for the game-winner. John Mino was given the win in the net with six of his eight saves coming in the first half.
Oregon State controlled the majority of the opening half, firing off nine shots that prompted the six saves from Mino to keep the scoreboard clean. Mueller connected for a pair of on-target attempts, while Hafferty, Markey, Tchilao and Hammer all had a clean look on goal as well, but were all turned away by Mino in the process.
OSU added four corners in the half to AU’s one, but the Beavers were flagged for six offside calls in the period to keep the score knotted at zero apiece heading into the break.
The second half saw much of the same, with Oregon State adding 12 more shots to its total, but needed only two saves from Mino in the process.
Meanwhile, the lone goal came late in the game as Neumann prepped for the corner near the end of the 85th minute and sent a long ball into the box that found the head of Barone, who found a gap into the left slot past Vincent for the 1-0 lead at the start of the 86th.
The Eagles would go on to take the win.
OSU remains at Luger Field over the weekend and will take on UC Riverside on Sunday, September 3, at 11 a.m. PT. to close out the Gonzaga Tournament.
For more information on the Oregon State men’s soccer team, visit OSUBeavers.com or follow the club @BeaverMSoccer on Twitter
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