Undefeated Beavers Head Back to Portland for another Tough Road Test
Aug. 23, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State Beavers women’s soccer team will put their 2-0 record on the line Friday, when they travel to Beaverton to take on Portland State. The match, which starts at 12 p.m., will be the second straight for Linus Rhode’s crew in the Rose City area.
OSU is fresh off of their 1-0 upset win over the Portland Pilots Monday night and will be looking to go 3-0 to start a season for the first time since 2010, when they reeled off five straight to begin the regular season campaign.
“Portland State is going to pose us different challenges than we’ve had in the previous two matches,” Rhode thought. “They are a very direct and athletic team so they will definitely provide us with some challenges that we will need to work out tactically.”
Thus far the Beavs’ have been led on offense by the fleeted foot of Megan Miller, whose pair of assists have both led to game winning goals. Her corner kick in the 87th minute versus UAB in the home opener gave OSU a 1-0 lead and another set piece of hers led to the same result, but this time in the 25th minute at Portland to put Oregon State up 1-0.
Defensively, the Beavers have been stellar, allowing just 16 shots and eight shots on goal, all of which goal keeper Audrey Bernier-Larose has stopped. The junior made a career high five saves in the win against UP, four of which came within a five minute stretch, midway through the first half.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
OSU holds an all-time record of 9-4-1 over the Vikings, with a 1-0-1 mark at Hillsboro Field. The last time the two schools met at PSU’s place was back in 1999 when the Beavers defeated Portland State 4-1.
CLIMBING UP THE LADDER
The OSU/PSU match will kick-off at 12 p.m. Friday and live stats will be available via Portland State’s official athletic website goviks.com
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