Oregon State Drops 1-0 Decision to UCLA

October 6, 2017

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Forced to play down a man for the majority of the match, the Oregon State University men’s soccer program stayed hot on the heels of UCLA on Thursday afternoon at Paul Lorenz Field.

The Beavers (3-7-0, 0-2-0 Pac-12) conceded a goal midway through the second half to the Bruins (4-5-0, 1-2-0 Pac-12) and ended up taking the loss at 1-0.

“Playing 74 minutes down a man to UCLA is a tall task” said head coach Steve Simmons, “but I’m proud of how the guys dug in and worked hard to give us a chance to win the game.

“Many fans of this sport will know how difficult it is to play down a man for that long, so I’m proud of the resiliency the guys showed. We’ll regroup for Sunday.”

Both sides went back-and-forth in the initial moments of the match, but a timely play from UCLA on a long kick attempt from redshirt-senior Jalen Markey (Seattle, Wash.) forced the O’Dea H.S. product to make a snap decision and a quick tackle. Markey was booked with the red card and sent off for the remainder of the match.

UCLA took advantage of the opportunity, putting away 10 shots to OSU’s five in the first half, but both sides were near even on saves as the Bruins needed four while the Beavers needed three to keep the score equal at zeroes heading into intermission.

The second half was more of the same as UCLA forced four saves from Oregon State, while the hosts fired off eight shots that prompted three saves from the visitors.

The Bruins found the back of the net in the 69th minute as Milan Iloski worked from the left half of the box and put away a shot past freshman Gage Rogers (Gilbert, Ariz.) for a 1-0 Bruin lead.

OSU threw numbers forward the rest of the way, as one attempt from junior Nathan Braaten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) careened off the crossbar, while a header attempt from junior Don Tchilao (Chandler, Ariz.), off a corner from freshman Joe Hafferty (Renton, Wash.), missed the target and left the Beavers off the board.

Oregon State would end the contest on the backend of the 1-0 decision.

The Beavers will remain at Paul Lorenz Field this weekend on Sunday, October 8, to take on San Diego State. The game will broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks with kickoff set for 11 a.m. PT.

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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