CORVALLIS, Ore. – Senior Daniel Van Vleet scored his third goal of the season, as the Oregon State men’s soccer team topped San Jose State 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Paul Lorenz Field, in a game that featured consistent rain and blustering winds.
“There were gale force winds at times, and that makes it difficult to get your bearings,” said head coach Steve Simmons. “When we’re trying to do certain things against a team, and we have these kinds of conditions, it levels the playing field. It was a weird game. At the end of the day it was good that we were on the winning side and we got things back on track.”
The win was the Beavers’ fifth-straight home victory to open the season, matching the school record for consecutive home wins.
Oregon State (6-2-0) dominated possession for most of the first half. Senior Borce Atanasov came close to finding the net on a diving header off a cross from freshman Michael Steele with 10 minutes remaining in the opening frame, but the attempt sailed just over the crossbar.
Oregon State finally got on the board in the 42nd minute. Sophomore Mikhail Doholis whipped a corner kick into the box that was headed by a San Jose State (0-6-1) defender. Van Vleet headed the ball from close range to give the Beavers a 1-0 edge.
“Mikhail played a great ball in, and I’m not entirely sure what happened from there,” Van Vleet said. “I just got a touch on it and it went in. I was in the right place at the right time I guess.”
Atanasov had another scoring opportunity in the closing minutes of the game when he took a shot from eight yards out, but the a sliding block from a Spartan defender kept the Beavers off the board, as they held on for the one-goal victory.
Oregon State outshot the Spartans 16-9 on the afternoon. Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Bersano made two saves in the winning effort. The shutout marked the Tempe, Ariz., native’s fourth clean sheet of the season, matching his total from 2012.
“This was a win we needed to get,” Bersano said. “It was a game played in pretty unique conditions, and I think we adjusted well. Not allowing any goals says a lot about the way we played defensively.”
The Beavers will to return action Friday when they face Northwest Christian at Paul Lorenz Field.