CORVALLIS – Four different Beavers found the net as the Oregon State men’s soccer team defeated Pacific 4-1 Monday evening at Paul Lorenz Field.
“I was really happy with how the guys performed tonight,” said Oregon State head coach Terry Boss. “We showed a flexibility in terms of being able to go around them, through them, and over them at times. We didn’t get stuck on any one solution, and I think that was our greatest improvement, even from last year.”
Joel Walker, Adrian Crespo, Sofiane Djeffal and Eric Diaz all found the net in the contest, as the Beavers won their third-straight match. Overall, Oregon State out-shot Pacific 18-16 and controlled 62 percent of the possession.
Oregon State wasted little time drawing first blood, as Djeffal played Walker in on goal in the sixth minute. The forward calmly finished from eight yards out to put the Beavers in front. The Tigers leveled the score just seven minutes later on a header from close range.
OSU retook the lead in the 20th, as Crespo made a nice move on the left side of the penalty area, before finishing with his right foot. The Beavers tacked on another in the 28th, as Arnaud Deniel played a cross to the back post to set up Djeffal, who headed it home.
The Beavers continued to control the possession to start the second half, and Djeffal nearly knocked in his second off a cross from Crespo in the 58th minute. Crespo followed that up by cutting one into the box for Diaz to hammer home in the 63rd.
Javier Armas made a bid to tally his first Beaver goal in the 70th, but his shot from distance drifted over the bar. Gloire Amanda followed that up with a shot the fizzed just outside the post in the 74th, as he returned to the Oregon State squad after missing the first three matches due to injury. The Beavers continued to control the match from there to take the win by three.
Crespo was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week Monday afternoon, after scoring his first goal of the season and recording an assist Friday against Davidson.
The Beavers will hit the road for the first time this season on Thursday, when they face Grand Canyon in Arizona.
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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