Devonte Small’s goal less than two minutes into the match proved to be the difference as Oregon State handed Siena Soccer a 1-0 loss on the opening day of the Henson/Zaher Nike Classic in Corvallis, Ore. The defeat was the first of the season for the Saints which had started 4-0 for the first time in program history.
Khiry Shelton made a pass across the box to Small who fired a shot underneath the crossbar. His second goal of the year gave Oregon State (4-1) the lead just 1:52 into the contest.
The remainder of the match was evenly played between two squads which both entered the week receiving votes in the latest NSCAA Top-25 Poll. The Beavers held a slim 12-11 edge in shots, while the Saints (4-1) harbored a 10-3 advantage in corners.
Uros Antic and Nathan Olukanmi led Siena with three shots apiece and Josh Weiss made two saves for the Saints which also lost by an identical 1-0 score to the Beavers in their only other ever meeting against a Pac-12 foe back in 2002.
Matt Bersano made three saves for Oregon State to post the shutout and improve to 2-0 on the season.
The Saints conclude tournament play Sunday against Portland. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local time) at Ronaldo Field at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.