Beavers Earn Draw vs. No. 5 Stanford


CORVALLIS, Ore.   – The Oregon State men’s soccer team controlled the majority of the match in a 0-0 draw against No. 5 Stanford Thursday evening at Lorenz Field.

“We had some good chances, and I think we controlled the game from start to finish,” said Oregon State head coach Terry Boss. “As we grew into the game we started to create more chances, and obviously we’d like to tuck a couple of those away. But I couldn’t be more proud of our guys. They were resilient, they fought hard, and they were a family today.”

The Beavers (7-5-2, 4-2-2 Pac-12) controlled 77 percent of the possession, and created numerous scoring chances in the match, including a handful in overtime. Overall Oregon State out-shot the Cardinal (12-1-2, 5-1-2) 12-6.

With the draw, Oregon State has now earned a result in its last four meetings with Stanford. The Beavers have not lost a home Pac-12 match since November of 2017.

Adrian Crespo created the Beavers’ first scoring chance of the match, but his effort from outside the box was blocked. The midfielder followed that up by whipping a dangerous cross into the box in the 26th, but it was deflected out for a corner.

Oregon State controlled 67 percent of the first-half possession, but neither team was able to find a breakthrough in the first 45 minutes, as the teams went to the break level.

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Crespo continued to provide a threat in the second half, whipping a left-footed cross in from 25 yards out. Joel Walker looked as though he might break through the Stanford back line in the 71st, but he was flagged offside.

Arnaud Deniel forced a save with a speculative effort in the 73rd, as he came forward from the back line. Sofiane Djeffal knocked another one into the box in the 80th, but Deniel was unable to get his head to it.

Gloire Amanda had his effort from 18 yards out blocked in the 84th, as the Beavers pressed forward looking for a winner. Oregon State created a handful of scoring opportunities in the closing minutes of the 90, but was unable to find the net as the two sides headed to overtime.

Eric Diaz nearly ended things less than four minutes into the extra period, but a diving save from the Stanford keeper stopped his shot from 10 yards out.

The second overtime period featured a barrage of OSU chances, including a pair of headers from Amanda that forced saves. In the end, neither team was able to find a breakthrough.

The Beavers will continue their three-match homestand Sunday when California visits Lorenz Field.