STANFORD, Calif.. – The Oregon State men’s soccer team fell to Stanford 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif.
“This was another hard-fought match,” said head coach Steve Simmons. “I think one disappointing spot for us was the way we gave the ball away in critical areas, which led to both goals. I’ll give our guys credit, because we did really well to respond after falling behind. We had some guys playing in different positions today, and I think they did well to adjust. At the end of the day though, we have to be more careful about giving the ball away in bad spots.”
Stanford (6-2-1, 1-1-0 Pac-12) drew first blood in the 27th minute. Jimmy Callinan played a ball that found Zach Batteer 18 yards out. Batteer proceeded to head the ball inside the far post to give the Cardinal an early 1-0 lead.
Oregon State (7-4-0, 0-2-0 Pac-12) wasted little time in equalizing, as they responded with a goal of their own just five minute later. Junior Mike Reckmeyer controlled the ball along the endline on the right side of goal, and played a pass to Ole Sandnes. The freshman midfielder converted from six yards out to tie the score at one.
The Cardinal retook that lead in the 62nd minute. Batteer received a pass from Jordan Morris on the right side of the penalty area. Batteer played a return pass to Morris in the center of the box, and Morris placed the ball into the net from there to give Stanford a 2-1 advantage.
Reckmeyer had a late chance to level the score in the 80th minute as the Beavers pressed forward in search of the equalizer, but his shot from inside the box was blocked by a Stanford defender, and the Cardinal held on for the 2-1 win.
“Even though we undid ourselves with some turnovers, I think we were dangerous going forward,” Simmons said. “We attacked hard and we had some good scoring chances. I think the lesson to be learned here is that we can’t put ourselves in a hole by falling behind.”
The Beavers will to return action on Oct. 14 when they take on No. 3/4 Washington.