Beavers Drop Roadrunners 3-1
CORVALLIS – The Oregon State men’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to four-straight games with a 3-1 win over CSU Bakersfield Friday evening at Paul Lorenz Field.
“I was proud of the way the guys came out,” said Oregon State head coach Terry Boss. “We spent a lot of time working to prepare for this game, and the boys bought in. We made it difficult on ourselves by getting a red card late on, but the fight, the resiliency and the will to win was inspiring. We walk off the field today feeling good about where we stand moving forward. We still have places to improve, but I love where this group is at.”
The Beavers overcame an early 1-0 deficit to take the victory by two. Freshman Gloire Amanda levelled the score with his second goal of the season, before Eric Diaz put Oregon State ahead going into halftime. Don Tchilao added a third goal in the second half to secure the victory.
OSU out-shot CSU Bakersfield 17-8 in the match, and held a 7-3 edge on corner kicks.
Tchilao came close to putting the Beavers in front 90 seconds in, but his effort from seven yards out was saved. The Roadrunners found the net in the sixth minute to jump ahead.
The Beavers wasted no time finding an equalizer, as Sofiane Dejffal’s blocked shot fell straight to the feet of Amanda, who slotted it past the keeper in the eighth minute. Oregon State struck again less than 10 minutes later, when Diaz scored from the top of the box, off a nice setup from Joel Walker.
Djeffal nearly got a tally of his own in the 32nd minute, but his attempt from the right side took a deflection off a CSU Bakersfield head and floated off target.
Amanda looked as though he had added to the OSU advantage when he put the ball in the net in the opening minute of the second half, but the strike was ruled to be offside. Walker made a sliding effort to get on the end of a Tchilao cross moments later, but the attempt was wide.
Tchilao extended the lead in the 66th minute, curling one into the far corner off an assist from Diaz. The tally is Tchilao’s third goal of the season, and the 11th of his career.
The Beavers were reduced to 10 men in the 74th minute due to a red card, but the Oregon State back line held firm to lock down the victory.
Senior Nathan Braaten made his season debut in the match, coming on for the final 15 minutes of game time.
The Beavers will be back at Lorenz Field on Monday, when they host No. 17 UC Davis at 7 p.m.
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