Oct. 7, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Oregon State women's soccer team defeated the Arizona Sundevils 2-0 Friday night in another Pac-12 battle. The Beavers are now 9-3-1 on the season.
"It was great to see our girls bounce back from the loss against UCLA," head coach Linus Rhode said. "We have a lot of character on the team and we have a lot of belief. We just believe that if we keep doing things right that we will get the results. So coming off the loss, we just needed to bounce back and get a win tonight and that is what they did."
Jenna Richardson put the Beavers on the scoreboard in the ninth minute when Chelsea Buckland beat her defender and slipped Richardson the ball through the defense. Richardson found the back of the net to the side of the Sundevil keeper to make the score 1-0 early in the first half.
The Sundevils put the pressure on the Beaver defense outshooting Oregon State 4-3 in the first half, but the Beaver defense stayed strong to send the game into halftime still ahead 1-0.
In the second half, it was the Beavers who stepped up the pressure outshooting Arizona State 4-3 and Richardson and Buckland weren't finished there. Richardson scored her second goal of the game and sixth of the season in the 74th minute to put the score at 2-0.
"Jenna has started to find her rhythm," Rhode said. "She has been working hard, training hard and I know that she really wants to score and will do everything that she can to do so. I am very happy for her."
Richardson was once again assisted by Buckland after Buckland beat her defender to find Richardson in the box. Richardson beat the keeper and notched another goal.
"We have been working a lot with our strikers and trying to work off each other's strengths and I think Chelsea and Jenna are starting to play together much better," Rhode said. "They understand each other and they complement each other on the field. Things really took shape tonight for those girls."
The game was another physical battle for the Beavers with 29 total fouls between the teams and with Oregon State being given three yellow cards.
"It was a physical game and I think at times there were some fouls called that weren't fouls, but there were some things missed as well," Rhode said. "But overall it was a hard, physical game."
The Oregon State women's soccer team will return to action Sunday Oct. 9 at 12:00 p.m. when they take on the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson, Ariz.
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