Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State women’s soccer team finished the season with a bang and beat the Ducks 2-0 on Senior Day.
Each year, the Civil War game lives up to its name, and each team comes ready to battle. With a pair of goals from seniors Brandi Dawson and Jenna Richardson, it was the Beavers who came out on top.
Before the match, Oregon State’s nine seniors were honored for their years of service, hard work, and devotion to the program. With family and friends in attendance, each senior received a special send-off.
All nine of Oregon State’s seniors started the match and were looking forward to one last go-around on Paul Lorenz Field. For a majority of the first half, both teams were getting stuck in and creating opportunities in front of the net. In the 43rd minute, the Beavers put themselves on the board.
Sophomore defender Laura Rayfield sent a dangerous ball into the box, but Oregon’s back line was able to get a foot on it, popping the ball out to the top of the box. Dawson saw her opportunity and fired a shot far post, just past the hands of Oregon’s Abby Steele, giving the Beavs a 1-0 lead.
Throughout the rest of the match, both teams racked up the shots, leaving the final count Oregon State 17, Oregon 11. Oregon State’s Audrey Bernier-Larose collected three saves during the match, helping claim another shutout for the Beavers. In the 78th minute, Oregon State was able to double their lead and seal the deal.
Sophomore midfielder Natalie Meiggs countered Oregon’s defense, playing a through ball to Richardson on the fly. Richardson took a touch and drilled the ball far post, giving the Beavs a 2-0 lead and the eventual win.
As the last home game of the season, Oregon State’s nine seniors went out in style, claiming one final victory over the Ducks. The Beavers finished the regular season with a 6-12-2 overall record, and a 4-6-1 record in Pac-12 play.
Dawson on her game-winning goal…
“Laura played a ball from outside and one of their players tried to clear it. It came right to my feet and I took a touch and took a shot and it went into the side netting. Whenever we got up early we usually end up playing really well the rest of the game, just because we have the intensity and the fire. It was really good for our team to start out with a goal and start out on top.”
On Senior Day…
“I don’t think we could have ended it on a better note. Winning a Civil War game is probably one of the best ways to go out.”
Richardson on the win…
“It feels really good. Obviously there is a sense of disappointment… kind of knowing that we weren’t going to make the NCAA tournament. But I think we took that and turned it around and just thought, if we only have one game left together we may as well make the best of it and try and come out with a shutout at best and score more than one goal. We accomplished the goals we wanted to in this game so I think we’re all excited.”
On Senior Day…
“In the locker room we were all getting hyped up. There were streamers and everybody was happy and excited. Emotionally we all just had so much that we wanted to put out there. I think everybody saw Erin [Uchacz] balling her eyes out at the end of the game so I think that pretty much sums it up.”
“It’s a great way to end and the girls really showed what they are capable of. The season has been a little bit up and down, but they showed what they’re able to do. They played with passion and energy and worked together. They’ve got a lot of talent and a lot of ability and it showed.”