Beavers drop key soccer test

Washington rolls through Corvallis with a 2-1 win
Staff Report
Photo courtesy Oregon State University.

Fourth-ranked Oregon State’s men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to sixth-ranked Washington, losing on its home field for the first time this season.

OSU got its goal in the 27th minute as Mouhameth Thiam scored for the third time this season off combined assists from Tsiki Ntsabeleng and Tyrone Mondi. That cut the Huskies lead in half, but the Beavers were unable to score again and dropped to 7-2 on the season, 4-2 in Pac-12 play.

The loss evened the season series between the teams. 

OSU returns to action Saturday at California.

“Obviously we are disappointed with the result,” said Oregon State head coach Terry Boss. “With as talented as this group is, you expect to get a result every time you step on the field, even against the top teams in the nation like Washington. We started slow today. The response was good – we could have hung our head after going down 2-0. We created enough chances to take the game, but we didn’t.”

 The Beavers nearly netted an early goal, as Joel Walker curled a shot just outside the post two minutes into the contest. Washington opened the scoring in the 10th minute, finding the net on a scramble in the box following a corner kick. The Huskies added another in the 21st.

It looked like Oregon State might pull one back in the 23rd, when Adrian Crespo played a nice cross to the back post that narrowly missed the head of Walker. Thiam got the Beavers on the scoreboard in the 27th, converting from a tight angle after Mondi played him down the left side of the box.

Ntsabeleng forced a save from the right side of the box in the 33rd minute. 

Mondi nearly leveled things right at the start of the second half, as he took aim from a tight angle less than 20 seconds into the second period. The midfielder had another chance in the 62nd minute, but again the Husky keeper was up to the challenge.

Walker found himself in on goal in the 67th, but the Washington goalie came up with another stop. Oregon State continued to press forward in the closing portion of the match, but was unable to even the score as the Huskies took the victory.