No. 22 Oregon State Tallies Two Late to Top Pacific Women’s Soccer, 2-0
After 77 scoreless minutes, the No. 22 Oregon State Beavers tallied twice seven minutes apart to hand the Pacific womens soccer team a 2-0 loss in the opening match of the 2010 Nike Invitational Friday afternoon at Pape Field in Eugene.
Brittany Galindo re-directed a free kick from Courtney Wetzel in the 78th minute to put the Beavers on the board. Wetzel served it into a crowded in the box, where Galindo managed to get a piece of the ball to alter its trajectory and let it trickle in.
Just 6:59 later, with Pacific pushing forward, Oregon State regained possession and began their counter-attack, forcing Pacific to commit a foul. Once again, Wetzels restart was knocked home, this time it was Melinda Ingalls who found the ball amid a crowd and headed it home.
It was a bit of a let-down because I don't think that was a 2-0 game, head coach Keith Coleman said. We were definitely in the game. In the first half, I think that we were the better team. But once you get behind, there's no reason to play to lose. If Alex [Topp]s header drops for us, theyre playing catch-up. Who knows? We had our chances, but they were more opportunistic than we were.
Pacific falls to 2-2-0 on the season, and falls for the fifth time in six games to ranked opponents. Oregon State improves to 2-0-0 on the season and has yet to allow a goal.
The Beavers out-shot Pacific 13-7 and held an 8-1 advantage in shots on goal. Once again, the Tigers struggled to find the frame as Oregon State goalkeeper Colleen Boyd tallied one save to post the shutout.
The Tigers were not without their scoring opportunities, as junior Alex Topp (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) and sophomore Maricela Padilla (San Jose, Calif./Del Mar) each posted two shots.
Pacific opened the match dictating play, recording four of the first five shots in the match. Only one found the frame in the first half as Boyd denied a chance from senior Sammi Teramae (Kapolei, Hawaii/Iolani) in the 30th minute. The Beavers rallied, posting five shots in the first half, four on net, as Medigovich recorded four saves in the opening stanza.
Medigovich hadnt been tested often previously, recording facing no shots on goal in the Tigers previous two matches. But Pacifics all-time leader in goals against average stopped Wetzel twice to preserve the 0-0 tie at intermission.
In the second half, following a yellow card to the Beavers Milan Cabrera, Topp headed the re-start inches wide. Medigovich stopped a Jayne Eadie shot in the 68th minute and Lindsay Meiggs follow-up sailed wide as the game remained scoreless into the 70th minute. Mediogovic finished with six saves.
Oregon State held the advantage in set pieces, converting two free kicks into goals and holding a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks.
We were trying to find out what kind of team we were. And they went to the Sweet 16 last year, Coleman added. They're very good, and I felt we were evenly matched with them. It was a good test for us, and now we have to regroup and get ready for Sunday.
Pacifics last win versus a ranked team was on Sept. 19, 2006 when the Tigers defeated No. 22 Fresno State, 2-1, on the road.
The Tigers will face host Oregon on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., while Oregon State meets UC Davis in the tournament finale.