CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State men's soccer team scored three goals in the second half to take a 3-0 win over Cleveland State Friday evening at Paul Lorenz Field in the Beavers' season opener.
“We still have a lot of things to work on,” said head coach Steve Simmons. “With that said, when you don't play the way you want to play and you still come out on top, that's a good thing. If you have strong defensive resolve and you get in good positions good things will happen, and that's what we did tonight.”
Senior Josh Smith tallied his first career goal in the 57th minute to put the Beavers on the board for the first time in 2013. The score came off a corner kick from freshman Ole Sandnes, which was deflected by a Vikings' player before finding Smith's head.
Oregon State's second tally came 23 minutes later, when junior Will Seymore struck a free kick from the centerline that made its way through a mass of bodies before bouncing in front of the goalkeeper and finding the back of the net.
“I think it's the longest free kick I've ever scored,” Seymore said. “I think the goalie was expecting someone to get a flick on it, but it just made it through.”
The Beavers sealed the deal late on, when Sandnes found the net in the final minute of the game to give Oregon State a 3-0 advantage. The play started with senior Borce Atanasov making a run down the right flank. Atanasov crossed the ball into the box, where junior Khiry Shelton fired a header off the right post. The rebound fell to Sandnes, who converted from close range to complete a three-point night on his collegiate debut.
The Vikings finished with 13 shots on the evening, but sophomore goalkeeper Matt Bersano made six saves to hold Cleveland State scoreless.
“I think we still have a ways to go, with the expectations we have for the season,” Smith said. “We still have some things to work on, but overall we're happy with the result.”
The Beavers will return to Paul Lorenz Field Sunday when they take on UC Davis at 1:30 p.m.