Beavers Stun No. 16 UCLA with 3-0 Shutout
Oct. 17, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's soccer team took down another top-20 team in No. 16 UCLA Sunday afternoon when they shutout the Bruins, 3-0 to move to 11-1-1 overall this season and 3-0 in Pacific-10 Conference play. It is the first time that the Beavers have started conference play 3-0 since they did it in 1994, the first time they made the NCAA Tournament. It is also the first time in program history that they have beaten USC and UCLA in the same season.
"You know, it feels good," Oregon State women's soccer head coach Linus Rhode said following the victory Sunday. "The girls are super excited. They have been working hard and not allowing teams to put the ball away. Against top teams like UCLA and USC, playing them and not allowing any goals is fantastic."
The win Sunday marked a season high sixth straight win for the Beavers; they had a five game winning streak to start the season. By shutting out UCLA, junior keeper Colleen Boyd sets the Oregon State record for solo shutouts in a season with nine.
Chelsea Buckland scored the first goal of the game in the 38th minute of the match on an assist from Megan Miller. Miller passed the ball from the right side of the field to Buckland on the left side who then took it and drove it into the bottom left corner of the net past the Bruin keeper Chante' Sandiford. It was Buckland's single-season career high eighth goal of the season and Miller's second assist.
Lindsay Meiggs got her first career goal in the 59th minute when she received the ball from senior Courtney Wetzel at the top of the box and shot it over Sandiford's head, just under the crossbar. It was Wetzel's team leading sixth assist of the season.
The Beavers had the 2-0 lead with just over 30 minutes left to play, instead of playing it safe and trying to drain the clock, they kept attacking the Bruin defense. The pressure paid off in the 84th minute when Jenna Richardson scored her fourth goal of the season after getting the feed from Milan Cabrera. Richardson took the ball from Cabrera on the right side of the field and scored in the lower left of the net.
Buckland's goal in the 38th minute proved to be all the Beavers would need and marked the second consecutive game in which Buckland scored the game-winning goal. She now has a team leading four on the season which ties her for fifth all-time at Oregon State.
Sunday's victory over No. 16 UCLA (9-5-1, 2-2-0) marked something that the Beavers have never done before; they finished the season sweep of the Los Angeles schools following their 1-0 win over No. 19 USC on Friday.
Boyd is having a career year in goal for the Beavers with her nine shutouts. To go along with those shutouts, she has 36 saves and has only allowed seven goals this season. She as a career best goals against average of 0.53 so far this season and is on pace to set the all-time Oregon State single-season and career marks.
The Beavers now head out on the road to take on Washington State and Washington Friday, Oct. 22 starting at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24 starting at 12 p.m. respectively.
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