Beavers Fall to Aztecs 1-0

Photo By: Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics   10-20-2013

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to San Diego State Sunday afternoon at Paul Lorenz Field in Corvallis, Ore. The loss was the Beavers’ first home defeat of the season, snapping an unbeaten streak of seven games.

“We kept the score at zero for a long time, but then we just had a little dip in energy, and it cost us,” said head coach Steve Simmons. “We had a couple chances to score. I’m disappointed for our guys, but I think we need to just take this one on the chin and get on with it.”

Oregon State (7-6-1, 0-4-1 Pac-12) came close to taking the lead early in the second half. Sophomore Mikhail Doholis whipped a ball into the box that deflected off an Aztec defender, before hitting both the crossbar and the right post, and ricocheting back into the field of play.

San Diego State (4-7-1, 1-3-1 Pac-12) had a chance of its own in the 64th minute, when Alex Petit took a shot from 10 yards out on the left side of goal, but sophomore goalkeeper Matt Bersano made a diving save to keep the game level at zero.

The Aztecs finally broke through in the 67th minute. Abraham Villon took the ball on the right flank, and proceeded to elude a pair of Beaver defenders, before firing a shot from the top of the box that found the back of the net for the game’s only goal.

The Beavers recorded 11 shots on the afternoon, five of which were on goal.

Oregon State will return to action Friday, when it hits the road to take on No. 5/5 UCLA.