Nov. 20, 2009
Final Stats |
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - In a hard fought battle where scoring chances were even throughout, the Oregon State women's soccer team fell to No. 2 seeded Notre Dame, 1-0, in the third round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship in front of an estimated crowd of 1,500 at Alumni Stadium on Friday.
The loss ends Oregon State's season as the Beavers reached the round of 16 for the first time in school history and finished with a final overall record of 14-8-1, eight more wins than they had a year ago. The eight-plus win total is the greatest turnaround in Oregon State women's soccer history.
"Both teams competed very hard with a fair amount of chances both ways," Oregon State women's soccer head coach Linus Rhode said following the tough loss. "We were definitely stronger in the first half and they come back in the second half and applied more pressure on us and they put one away."
Oregon State had the advantage statistically in the first half, outshooting Notre Dame (20-3-1) 5-1 and holding a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Freshman Chelsea Buckland had the first true scoring opportunity for the Beavers as she got the ball off of an Irish misplay and dribbled the ball down-field and launched a shot that deflected off of a defender wide right.
Later, Jayne Eadie had a nice shot in which the Irish keeper made a nice save in front of the goal but could not keep control as Jessica Velasquez barely missed the tap-in to give the Beavers the lead.
"Both teams were very evenly matched," senior team co-captain Rachael Axon said following the match. "We controlled the first half, but I think in the second half we let them back into the game. Whenever a team scores they get the momentum and we definitely let them grab it. We eventually got back to our rhythm and got back to playing, but we just ran out of time."
The lone goal of the game happened in the 61st minute of the match when the Irish's Melissa Henderson crossed the ball to Rose Augustin in the box, who shot the ball past the diving Oregon State keeper.
Following the goal, Colleen Boyd had a tremendous save following a free kick where the ball rebounded to an Irish player, who shot it back through traffic where she made the diving save. She finished the day with four saves in the loss.
The Beavers had a couple more chances late in the game but could not capitalize as the greatest season in Oregon State women's soccer history came to a close.
"I told the team they played a hard game both defensively and offensively," Rhode said. "We created a lot of chances and there is nothing to hang their heads about. I'm very proud of what they accomplished and they set the standard for future Oregon State teams. It was a tremendous season."