Beavers Lose First Match of Season, Drop a Close One to UC Irvine 1-0
Sept. 2, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Despite junior goalie Audrey Bernier-Larose’s career high six-saves, the Oregon State women’s soccer team lost its first match of the season Sunday, falling to UC Irvine 1-0 at Lorenz Field. The Beavers, now 4-1-0 were out shot by the Anteaters 10-5 and mustered just three shots on goal during the contest. With the victory, Irvine improved their record to 2-4-0.
The lone goal of the match came just before the eight minute mark when UCI forward Laura McGraill fired a shot from just outside the right portion of the 18-yard box, which sailed over the outstretched arms of Bernier-Larose into the top left corner of the goal. It was only the junior keeper’s second goal allowed this season in 360-minutes of play at the position.
With the early goal, UC Irvine claimed a 1-0 lead and was able to maintain that slim advantage going into the half, despite two shots on goal by OSU strikers. One of those shots was by junior forward Jenna Richardson who returned from playing in Japan during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World cup to take the field with her teammates for the first time in 2012.
The prior two contests, Head Coach Linus Rhode’s crew had fallen behind 1-0, only to comeback in the second half to claim 2-1 victories. Unfortunately that trend would not continue Sunday, as the Beavers fired just one-more shot toward Anteater goalie Jennifer Randazzo’s direction in the second half. Bernier-Larose stood her ground during the final 45-minutes as well, making four of her career high six saves during that time frame.
Oregon State now has four days to rest and recover before heading south to take on UC Santa Barbara on Friday and then Cal Poly, Sunday.
POST MATCH QUOTES
On junior forward Jenna Richardson’s return to the team…
On not being able to come back from a 1-0 deficit, after accomplishing the feat in the two prior matches…
On what his team will be working on before their next set of matches…
Junior forward Jenna Richardson
On her team’s first defeat of the season…
POST MATCH NOTES
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