Oregon State Wins First-Ever NCAA Tourney Match With 3-1 Victory Over Ohio State
Nov. 13, 2009
Courtesy of Oregon State
Corvallis, Ore. - Courtney Wetzel scores two goals as the Oregon State women's soccer team wins its first ever NCAA tournament win with a 3-1 victory over No. 15 Ohio State University at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday night in front of 1,084.
"It is just an amazing feeling to get this win for me, my staff, and the team," women's soccer head coach Linus Rhode said following the victory. "We're making a lot of huge strides and we're at the point where we just want to get another win."
The Beavers (13-7-1 overall) came out and dominated the entire game by controlling the ball and making the extra pass to the open player. They are now 13-0-1 when scoring at least one goal this season.
"The girls came out and played a great game," Rhode said. "They kept and took care of the ball and we really did dominate most of that game. They kept their heads in the game and stuck to the game plan."
The first goal of the game came in the 20th minute on and Oregon State own goal giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. An Oregon State defender was trying to clear the ball right in front of the Beaver goal and inadvertently knocked the ball in.
The Beavers rallied back quickly following the own goal when Courtney Wetzel scored her third goal of the season on an indirect kick just beyond the goalie box.
With 10 minutes left in the first half, Ohio State (14-4-2) players Courtney Jenkins blasted a shot at Beaver keeper Colleen Boyd who had a tremendous diving save to her left to preserve the tie.
Oregon State took the lead on a Melissa Peck scored her sixth goal of the year on a right to left shot past the diving Buckeye keeper. Rachel Axon assisted on the goal.
Oregon State added another goal in the 60th minute on a corner kick goal from Wetzel that went just inside the right post past the keeper for her second goal of the game.
The Beavers got a scare with 12:45 left in the match when Ohio State had an advantage with the ball going towards the Oregon State goal box but Boyd came out and deflected the ball away from the forward and then fell on the ground to control the ball.
Oregon State will now face off with Florida Sunday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. EST in the second round of the 2009 NCAA women's soccer tournament. Florida defeated Illinois State earlier in the day 2-0.
"One of the things that we can expect from Florida is that it is going to be a physical game," Rhode said. "The girls will take away from this game that they can win at this level. Winning tonight 3-1 is a big margin for soccer so they have the confidence going into Sunday."