First & Second Round Games
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Ohio State (14-4-2 final record) vs. Oregon State (13-7-1 current record)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Oregon State improved its record to 13-0-1 in games it scores a goal with a 3-1 win over Ohio State on Friday the 13th in a NCAA first-round soccer game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Beavers didn’t let an own goal and subsequent 1-0 deficit bother them at all, scoring three unanswered goals to build a 3-1 lead and advance to a second round game Sunday against No. 3 seed Florida. Oregon State improves to 13-7-1 while Ohio State’s season ends at 14-4-2.
The teams traded mid-first-half goals. Ohio State took a 1-0 lead on an own goal in the 20th minute. Lauren Granberg sent a cross to her left into the box that was deflected in by a Beaver. Eight minutes later Oregon State got the equalizer, Courtney Wetzel scoring her third goal of the year unassisted.
Then in the 34th minute Beaver Melissa Peck dribbled left-to-right at the top of the penalty box and unleashed a wicked drive that found the top of the net and gave her team a 2-1 lead.
The only goal of the second half was by Jessica Valazquez in the 60th minute.
“First of all, you have to go out and credit Oregon State. They went out there and executed their game plan tonight. Their set pieces killed us tonight. They capitalized on their set pieces, and we didn’t.
“[Seniors] Lauren Robertson and Ashley Boyer are classy young women. Their ability to lead and their training ethic were big all year. I’m proud of what our team has done this season.
“We concentrated on building our team this year. If you’re a ranked team in Division 1 soccer, you have to be able to play knowing that people are coming after you, that you have a target on your back. We’re still learning how to play with that.” – Ohio State Coach Lori Walker (all three quotes)
“Our forwards for us are our first line of defense. All five played well. They came in super ready to play. We played a great team and we knew we had to come out strong and bring it right away.
“Our team played great. None of them had ever been here before. It was a tough environment to play in but they kept their composure and discipline.” Oregon State Coach Linus Rhode
“To make it past the first round is amazing. I am happy for everyone, especially the seniors. It was definitely intimidating to play a ranked team. We knew we had to match the tempo that they were playing at the beginning of the game.” – Oregon State Player Brittany Galindo
Walker Adds 13 for 2017 Season