CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State men’s soccer team scored four goals in the second half, as the Beavers defeated Northwest Christian 5-0 in their final nonconference game of the 2013 season. The victory was Oregon State’s (7-2-0) sixth-straight home win to start the year, setting a new school record for consecutive home victories.
“We moved the ball very well tonight,” said head coach Steve Simmons. “I think it was a very solid performance. We dealt with some difficult weather conditions, and sometimes that can be an equalizer on the defensive side of the things. The ball moves quicker and it skips. I thought the boy handled that really well tonight.”
Oregon State opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. Junior Will Seymore started the play by launching a ball over the top that took a flick off the head for senior Borce Atanasov, before falling to the feet of sophomore Mikhail Doholis. Doholis proceeded to dribble into the box before firing a shot from a tight angle that found the net. The score was Doholis’ first tally since he found the net against Manhattan on Sept. 12, 2012.
The Beavers’ second goal of the match came off the foot of sophomore Jackson Groves. An Oregon State pass into the box was cut off by a Northwest Christian (0-7-0) defender, but the ball fell straight to the feet of Groves at the top of the box. The Adelaide, Australia, native curled a shot into the upper-90 to tally the first goal of his collegiate career and give the Beavers a 2-0 lead in the 50th minute.
Oregon State’s third goal came just five minutes later, when the Beavers earned a penalty kick. Seymore fired the spot kick past the goalie for his second goal of the season.
The scoring continued in the 61st minute. Sophomore Bjorn Sandberg’s header was saved by the Beacon goalkeeper, but freshman Ole Sandnes followed the shot to tap in a goal from close range on the rebound.
The Beavers closed the game out with their fifth goal of the afternoon in the 69th minute. Freshman Brendan Woodfull had a close range effort saved, but classmate Michael Steele knocked the rebound in from six yards out to finish the scoring.
“I thought we moved the ball very well tonight, and that was the key to the game,” Doholis said. “We got the result we wanted to heading into Pac-12 play next weekend.”
As a team, the Beavers outshot the Beacons 28-2 on the evening.
The Beavers will open conference play next Thursday, when they hit the road to take on No. 2 California.
“The level of competition and the level of play will increase significantly as we head into conference,” Simmons said. “This was a good result for us heading into next weekend.”