Beavers Strike Early and Often, Down Cal Poly 3-1
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif – Led by junior Jenna Richardson’s second goal in as many matches, the Oregon State women’s soccer team cruised past the Cal Poly Mustangs 3-1, Sunday in San Luis Obispo. Richardson’s score came after teammates Megan Miller and Jacy Drobney’s goals and put the finishing touches on the Beavers’ two-point victory. The win improved Oregon State to 6-1-0 on the season and gave the school it’s first ever win against Cal Poly in program history. The loss dropped the Mustangs’ record to an even 3-3-1 on the year.
The Beavers struck first, when in the 13th minute Miller was able get a rebound off of a Richardson shot and put the ball past Mustang goal keeper Alyssa Giannetti, to make it 1-0 OSU. For the senior midfielder, the goal was her first of the season and gave her a team-leading six points to go along with her team-high four assists.
That 1-0 lead would be extended when just five and a half minutes later, Drobney picked up her second goal of the season as she took a pass from senior Justyne Freud and put the ball in the net. It was a comfortable 2-0 lead in the 19th minute for Drobney, Freud and the rest of the Beavers, and goalie Audrey Bernier-Larose would make sure that margin stuck. The junior goal keeper faced a total of two-shots in the first half, making one save and preserving her team’s lead, heading into the half.
Richardson, wanting to get in on the scoring festivities, converted on her second goal of the season as she took a pass by Freud (already with one assist on the afternoon) and powered it into the goal past Giannetti for the commanding 3-0 Oregon State lead. For the junior midfielder, the goal was her second in as many matches and gave her a total of four points on the season, which is the third highest on the team. The Surrey, B.C. native did all her damage in her first three matches of the season after missing her team’s first four contests, playing in Japan for Team Canada at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Richardson and her mates headed into the locker room with that three-goal lead and it would stand for the better part of the second half, until Cal Poly got on the board with a goal from forward Elise Kreighoff in the 82nd minute to make it 3-1 OSU. The goal was only the third Bernier-Larose had given up all season and it would be the only one of the match as the Beavers held on for the two-goal victory.
The win was also a historic one for head coach Linus Rhode as it was his 55th career victory as OSU coach. That moved him into sole possession of second place on the all-time list, passing Tom Rowney (1992-97) who has 54.
Oregon State now has a handful of days to rest before they begin a weekend home stand against Gonzaga and Seattle during the Oregon State Nike Invitational. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, with Friday’s match-up scheduled for a 4 p.m. kick-off and Sunday’s at 12 p.m.
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