Oregon State and DePaul Battle to Draw
CORVALLIS – The Oregon State men’s soccer team dominated the majority of the match, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their season opener against DePaul Friday evening at Paul Lorenz Field.
The Beavers held an 18-10 edge in shots, including a 15-3 advantage in the second half and overtime.
“I thought we were second-best for the first part of the game, but I think the guys found themselves after that,” said Oregon State head coach Steve Simmons. “I think the lesson we take away from tonight is that we need to be more complete. Towards the end, especially in the overtimes, we were creating a lot of chances, but it didn’t quite go for us. Going in to Sunday we just need to get our legs rested and make a couple tweaks.”
Junior forward Jordan Jones netted the Beavers’ lone goal of the match, as he continues to build on an impressive career that saw him notch nine goals in 2015. His 21st-minute tally off a cross from junior Jaime Miralles, came just 10 minutes after the Blue Demons had taken an early lead on a goal from Erik Rodriguez.
Oregon State created chances throughout the match.
After heading to the break level at one goal apiece, the Beavers came out in the second half with an attacking mindset. Junior Jesse Garcia forced a diving save with a shot in the 50th minute, one of many scoring chances for Oregon State during a long stretch of possession.
The Beavers would again come close to going in front in the 64th minute, as sophomore Nathan Braaten forced a diving save, just before junior Timmy Mueller fired a header off the crossbar. Sophomore Don Tchilao followed that up by placing a rocket on frame in the 78th minute, but again the DePaul keeper kept the score even.
Oregon State continued to dominate throughout both overtime periods, but was unable to net a winner, as the match ended in a draw.
The Beavers will return to action on Sunday, when they host Wright State on the final day of the Hensor/Zaher Classic. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
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