Tallahassee, Fla. – The Oregon State Women’s Soccer Team lost a hard-fought 1-0 battle to the Florida State Seminoles in their first match of the season.
The score remained at a 0-0 standstill for a majority of the first half as the Beavers fought off the Seminole offense. With a few shots hitting off the post and crossbar, Florida State was putting the Beavs under non-stop pressure.
In the last few minutes of the half, Florida State’s Nora Kervriedan bent the ball from just inside the 25 yard mark, finding the back of the net, ending the half with a score of 1-0 in favor of FSU.
The Beavers came out with a new energy in the second half and started creating opportunities for themselves by breaking down Florida State’s back line and putting them under the attack.
In the 78th minute, the Beavers had a chance to tie things up with a shot from senior forward Jenna Richardson, but FSU keeper Kelsey Wys came up with the save. The Beavers held off the Seminoles for the remainder of the game, but were unable to even the score.
“In the first half we did a lot of defending,” said senior captain Jacy Drobney. “We played very well in the second half and stuck to the game plan and began to break down their defense.”
The Beavers have been focusing on their defensive shape for the past two weeks and it showed today.
“Our defense played really well and we held them to only one shot in the box,” Drobney said. “The rest were at least 20 yards out.”
Head Coach Linus Rhode feels the same about the performance by the back line.
“We were challenged defensively and they had most of the possession,” Rhode said. “We got most of the kinks out of our defense today and came together nicely; we stayed compact and organized.”
Rhode and the Beavs will look to take away the positives from tonight’s game and prepare for Sunday.
“We are going to focus more on looking to go forward and play a little more,” Rhode said. “We will look to build on our possession and attack out of our defensive shape.”
The Beavers will take on Florida State University on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Listen to the game for free or watch the live stream for $10.95 at http://www.gatorzone.com/soccer/ .