CORVALLIS, Ore. – Junior Khiry Shelton scored twice, as the Oregon State men’s soccer team defeated Air Force 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Paul Lorenz Field. The victory lifted the Beavers to 5-1-0 on the season, and brought their record to 4-0-0 in home matches.
“At the end of the day, we’re pleased with the win,” said head coach Steve Simmons. “With that said, I think when we look back on this game, we’re going to see some things we could have done better. I think the effort was there, but we have some little things to sort out. The win is the most important thing though, and it’s good to be able to get wins when you’re not playing your best.”
The Beavers opened up the scoring in the 13th minute. Sophomore Bjorn Sandberg passed the ball to Shelton on the left side of goal. Shelton made a move past an Air Force (0-5-0) defender and hit a shot from a central position at the top of the 18-yard box that flew into the right side of the net.
Shelton opened the second half with his second goal of the afternoon. Sandberg played a pass through the midfield that opened up the defense. Shelton fired a shot from the left side of the penalty area that found the net to give the Beavers a 2-0 advantage. The tally marked Shelton’s fourth goal of the season, and completed his first career brace.
“I feel like I played pretty well overall,” Shelton said. “There were some little things that I could have improved on. Before the game, we talked about competing with the player you’re going against, and that’s what I did today.”
“Khiry was very energetic, and his mobility was good,” Simmons said. “He was very engaged today. He worked hard defensively, and I think the other players fed off of him.”
As a team, the Beavers outshot the Falcons 15-12. Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Bersano tallied five saves en-route to his third clean sheet of the season.
The Beavers will to return action Thursday when they hit the road to take on Portland.