Seniors Spark Beavers to Win Over SDSU

October 23, 2014

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Seniors Khiry Shelton and Will Seymore both found the net, as the Oregon State men’s soccer team defeated San Diego State 2-0 Thursday afternoon at Paul Lorenz Field.

“Every win matters in this conference,” said head coach Steve Simmons. “Our guys wanted to respond after last weekend, and they did respond. I thought our leadership was fantastic; they really did a great job of getting our heads around it. We were dealing with some injuries, but we had guys step in and have big performances. Full credit to our guys today.”

With three points in the contest (one goal, one assist), Shelton now has 27 on the season, giving him the fifth-highest total in school history and the best ever total by a Beaver senior. His 11 assists this year also tie Ross Duncan for the second-highest single-season total in school history.

The Beavers (9-5-1, 2-3-1 Pac-12) created some solid scoring chances early on. Shelton forced a save with a shot in the sixth minute. Freshman Timmy Mueller followed that up by firing a shot in the 19th minute, but the effort was also saved. Junior Mikhail Doholis nearly gave Oregon State the advantage heading into the intermission, but his curving effort from the left side hooked just outside the far post.

Seymore gave the Beavers the breakthrough in the 64th minute. The Englishman played a two-man game with Shelton down the center of the field. Shelton played a layoff for Seymore 22 yards from goal, and the senior converted from there as he smashed the ball into the left side of the net.

It didn’t take long for the Beavers to add another, as they scored a second less than a minute later. Sophomore Michael Steele started the play off by playing a through ball to set up Shelton inside the penalty area. Shelton proceeded to hit a shot across the face of goal that beat the keeper to give Oregon State a 2-0 victory.

The Oregon State back line of Eli Roubos, Sam Tweeton, Jalen Markey and Matt Arbogast held firm throughout the match to keep San Diego State (7-8-0, 1-5-0) off the board. Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Matt Bersano was rarely tested, but stepped up when he was, making a diving stop in the 75th minute. Bersano’s clean sheet is the 11th of his career, tying him with Steve Spangler for third on the Oregon State career list.

The Beavers will be back in action on Sunday at 11 a.m., when they host UCLA for Senior Day.

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