Pairs of Goals from Richardson and Miller Propel OSU over Arizona 5-1 on Senior Day
Oct. 21, 2012
Two OSU upperclassmen combine for nine points on the day as Beavers score most goals in a match this season
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Led by Megan Miller and Jenna Richardson's pair of goals, the Oregon State women's soccer team cruised to a 5-1 win on senior day, Sunday versus Arizona. The first two goals of the match were scored by Richardson who put hers in the net within two minutes of one another. Miller added her two later in the contest, with one coming near the end of the first half and the other at the start of the second.
For the Beavers, it was the most points they scored in a single match this season and gave them an 11-4-1 overall record on the year and a 3-3-2 mark in conference play. The loss was Arizona's fourth in-a-row and dropped the Wildcats to 5-9-3 and 1-5-2 in the Pac-12.
Richardson and Miller are again both atop the team lead for goals scored this season, with seven a piece. The duo entered Sunday with five, while Miller continues to lead OSU in points (20) and assists (6).
Richardson's first goal came in the 18th minute when junior Jessica Niewoehner passed her the ball from the left corner of the box. The ball did not touch the ground from that point as Richardson directed it in mid-air toward the back of the net.
Just two minutes later, at the 19:06 mark, number three converted on number two as Richardson took a long pass from Miller into the box and put it home past Arizona goalie Gabby Kaufman.
The two goals gave Linus Rhode's team a quick 2-0 lead and they never looked back, scoring again in the 28th minute. That's when Niewoehner picked up her second help of the day, when her kick was tapped in from out in front of the net. The goal was credited to junior Brandi Dawson to give the Beavers a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Wildcats were quick to answer that goal when just a minute and a half later Jazmin Ponce scored off of a free kick outside of the box. U of A's leading goal scorer sent a ball sailing past a jumping Sammy Jo Prudhomme in the back corner of the OSU net.
Following Arizona's first score it was 3-1 Beavers, but the two goal lead would be extended back to three thanks to Miller, who converted on her first goal in the 36th minute. That's when she took a long shot from about 30-yards out that went into the back left corner of the net for the 4-1 advantage, which would carry her team into halftime.
Miller and Oregon State would add one more goal on the afternoon when in the 53rd minute a foul inside the box led to a penalty kick, which she powered passed Kaufman for her second and final score, making it 5-1.
Playing a solid 64-minutes in goal and making her sixth straight start was Prudhomme, who stopped four shots for a total of 65 on the year. Keeper Audrey Bernier-Larose saw her first action in goal for her team since Sept. 27 when they played Stanford.
The Oregon State scoring frenzy followed an emotional pre-match ceremony for six seniors on the team this year. Milan Cabrera, Katie Gleffe, Justyne Freud, Lindsay Meiggs, Megan Miller, and Claire Pflueger were all honored before the contest and given flowers as well as gifts for their contributions to the program during the last four plus seasons.
Those emotions carried into the contest as the Beavers had their highest offensive output all season. Leading the way in the shots category for OSU was Richardson who fired off five and sent three toward the Wildcat goal. Miller, Dawson and Val Margerum followed their teammate with three a-piece, while Miller was perfect on the day scoring on all three attempts.
Having played their final regular season home match of the year, the `Beavs will next travel to Pullman, Wash., Friday, Oct. 26, where they will take on the Cougars of Washington State. They then head to Seattle on Sunday where they play the Huskies from Washington.
POST MATCH QUOTES
On the play of Jenna Richardson and Megan Miller...
On senior day...
On the momentum this win creates moving forward...
Senior midfielder Megan Miller
On her team's offensive output versus Arizona...
On taking part in senior day festivities...
Junior forward Jenna Richardson
On her two goals...
POST MATCH NOTES
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