Bulldogs Drop 2-0 Decision To No. 21 Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision at No. 21 Oregon State University Friday afternoon in the first game of the Nike Invitational. With the shutout setback, the Bulldogs are now 5-4 and have lost 3-straight. The Beavers improved their overall mark to 7-1.
Gonzaga looked like it was going to be the team to score, hitting the goal post on a free kick four minutes into match and getting two early corner kicks, but it was Oregon State that cracked the goal line 29 minutes in and took the wind out of the Bulldogs sail.
Beaver Justyne Freud received the ball just inside the Zags half and, after a fancy move around Zag Emma Dolcetti, she let a long-distance shot go that keeper Susan Brown wasn't able to get a hand on. Frued's goal at 28:43 was her first of the season.
Oregon State tacked on its second goal 10 minutes into the final half. Brittney Oljar slotted a ball to Megan Miller behind Gonzaga's defense and inside the box. With just Brown to beat, Miller found the back of the net for her second tally of the year.
It could have been a much different match had Gonzaga's chances in the first 20 minutes fallen.
It was sophomore Tori Lee that took the free kick at the 3:21 mark that banged off the goal post. Her shot, which was taken after freshman Heather Johnson drew a foul, brilliantly curved around the OSU wall but unluckily hit the right goal post.
Gonzaga continued to control play, earning two corner kicks and three more free kicks before hitting the 20 minute mark.
Johnson, senior Anna Lund and sophomore Katey Pennington each took shots that went wide.
Sophomore Cricket Harber launched in a free kick that Beaver keeper Sammy Joy Prudhomme couldn't control and dropped. A battle for the ball ensued, with Johnson and senior Emma Dolcetti trying feverishly to get a shot towards goal, but in the end Oregon State was able to clear it.
All seven of Gonzaga's first half shots came before Frued scored the opening goal for Oregon State.
The Bulldogs could only muster three shots in the second half.
GU now travels to Eugene, Ore., for the final game of the Nike Invitational. The Zags battle the University of Oregon Sunday at 1 p.m.