CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to No. 3/3 Washington, as the Beavers said goodbye to four seniors Sunday afternoon at Paul Lorenz Field. The match marked the final game in the careers of Borce Atanasov, Alex Eckerson, Josh Smith and Daniel Van Vleet.
“I thought we put together a pretty good first half,” said head coach Steve Simmons. “Our guys fought hard. In the end I will tip my hat to Washington; they managed the second half and they came away with a win. With that said, I couldn’t fault our guys for the way they battled.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Bersano broke the Oregon State (7-10-2, 0-8-2) single-season saves record with a stop in the 84th minute. The Tempe, Ariz., native, tallied six saves on the day to finish the season with 101, one ahead of the previous mark of 100, set by Peter Billmeyer in 2002.
After controlling the possession for much of the first half, the Beavers created a scoring chance three minutes into the second frame. Freshman Michael Steele played a pass over the top of the defense to junior Khiry Shelton. Shelton took the ball into the box, and fired from 10 yards out, but the Husky defender recovered to make a sliding block.
Washington (14-1-4, 7-1-2) scored the lone goal of the contest in the 57th minute. Michael Gallagher took the ball on the left flank, before playing a cross into the box. Mason Robertson got on the end of it from seven yards out to give Washington a 1-0 lead.
The Beavers pressed forward as the game progressed, but the Huskies did not relent as they held on for the 1-0 win. Oregon State recorded 10 shots in the contest, five of which were on goal.
“I was proud of the way we fought today,” Smith said. “It was great to see how hard everybody played. That meant a lot.”
With the win the Huskies secured the Pac-12 Conference Championship, finishing the season with 23 points.