NACOGDOCHES, Texas. – The Oregon State women’s soccer team came up short in its season opener, as the Beavers fell 2-0 to Stephen F. Austin Friday evening in Nacogdoches, Texas.
"This was a very good learning experience on the road," said head coach Linus Rhode. "Our girls competed tremendously until the final whistle against a strong Stephen F. Austin side. It was a solid performance that we can build on."
The game marked the Oregon State (0-1) debut for 11 Beavers, including six players making their first career start for the Orange and Black. Sophomore Helene Haavik recorded two shots, while freshman Emma Jones and sophomore Hannah Russo tallied one shot apiece.
Freshman Natalie Higgins, junior Gwen Bieck, and sophomores Kathryn Baker and Annie Govig played the full 90 minutes for the Beavers in the field, while junior transfer goalkeeper Melanie Trumbull went the distance in net in her Beaver debut.
Oregon State kept the Ladyjacks (1-0) off the board for the first 39 minutes of play, before Stephen F. Austin broke through in the 40th minute on a one-on-one opportunity from Jasmine White. The Ladyjacks would proceed to add another in the 62nd minute on a shot that deflected off a Beaver defender before finding its way into the net.
As a team, the Beavers recorded five corner kicks in the match, compared to four for the Ladyjacks.
Oregon State will return to action Sunday, when it takes on North Texas at 9 a.m. PT in Denton, Texas.