Men's Soccer Falls 3-0 At Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Gonzaga University men's soccer team, playing in their first match in 13 days, dropped a 3-0 decision at Oregon State University Saturday afternoon at Paul Lorenz Field in Corvallis, Ore.
The Bulldogs fell to 2-3 with the setback, while the Beavers improved to 3-2-1 with their third shutout of the year.
"We didn't create good scoring opportunities today," explained Zag head coach Einar Thorarinsson moments of the match finished. "We outshot them but just did not create that good chance to score and made some errors on the defensive end."
The first half looked like it was going to close out in a scoreless tie and with just-missed opportunities by both teams but Oregon State broke through Gonzaga's tough defense in the 37th minute, putting its then-second shot attempt of the first 45 minutes in the back of the net.
It was sub Glenn Paden that started to wreak havoc on the Bulldog defense. He was the one to find teammate Emery Welshman in the back of Gonzaga's six-yard box. Welshman tracked down Paden's ball before a Zag defender could get there and calmly placed a shot passed GU keeper Ryan Caballero at the 36:41 mark.
No more than two minutes later, Paden cracked a 20-yard shot that Caballero brilliantly pushed past the back goalpost to save another OSU goal from going in.
The Bulldogs had opportunities themselves in the first half that didn't materialize into a goal.
Minutes earlier, Nick Hamer's work ethic down the flank rewarded him with getting the ball away from the Beaver defense. Hamer, then open on the flank, found Phillips at the top of the 18. Unfortunately his shot went high over the goal.
Gonzaga controlled the tempo to start the final half and was inches away from tying the match 12 minutes in. Picture-perfect passing in the midfield by the Bulldogs found Phillips again open 25-yards from goal. His low and powerful shot missed finding the inside netting by inches and went wide right.
The Bulldogs were then dealt a blow five minutes later when a corner kick taken by OSU's Robert Farfan found the back of the net on a header by teammate Brendan Anderson at 61:45. It was Anderson's first tally of the year.
A Beaver third goal came at 71:51. It was Paden that scored the goal after Caballero miss-judged a bouncing ball in the box and wasn't able to punch it far enough away.
The Zags continued to pressure though, looking for that elusive goal, but a sliding shot by Phillips, on a ball placed in front of goal by Connor Beavans, again went wide. Phillips also had a header with four minute remaining in the match that Beav keeper Matt Bersano tipped over the goal at the last minute.
Phillips finished with a match-high five shots.
"Clark created everything he got himself but we didn't feed him good balls," said Thorarinsson of his sophomore forward. "He worked so hard to try and get that goal."
As a team, Gonzaga out shot Oregon State, 11-10.
Gonzaga will now regroup and prepare to return to Oregon State next weekend for the Hensor/Zaher Classic, hosted by the Beavers. The Bulldogs face UC Irvine Friday at 1 p.m. and UW-Green Bay Sunday at 9 a.m.