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Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State women’s soccer team finished the season with a bang and beat the Ducks 2-0 on Senior Day.
Each year, the Civil War game lives up to its name, and each team comes ready to battle. With a pair of goals from seniors Brandi Dawson and Jenna Richardson, it was the Beavers who came out on top.
Before the match, Oregon State’s nine seniors were honored for their years of service, hard work, and devotion to the program. With family and friends in attendance, each senior received a special send-off.
All nine of Oregon State’s seniors started the match and were looking forward to one last go-around on Paul Lorenz Field. For a majority of the first half, both teams were getting stuck in and creating opportunities in front of the net. In the 43rd minute, the Beavers put themselves on the board.
Sophomore defender Laura Rayfield sent a dangerous ball into the box, but Oregon’s back line was able to get a foot on it, popping the ball out to the top of the box. Dawson saw her opportunity and fired a shot far post, just past the hands of Oregon’s Abby Steele, giving the Beavs a 1-0 lead.
Throughout the rest of the match, both teams racked up the shots, leaving the final count Oregon State 17, Oregon 11. Oregon State’s Audrey Bernier-Larose collected three saves during the match, helping claim another shutout for the Beavers. In the 78th minute, Oregon State was able to double their lead and seal the deal.
Sophomore midfielder Natalie Meiggs countered Oregon’s defense, playing a through ball to Richardson on the fly. Richardson took a touch and drilled the ball far post, giving the Beavs a 2-0 lead and the eventual win.
As the last home game of the season, Oregon State’s nine seniors went out in style, claiming one final victory over the Ducks. The Beavers finished the regular season with a 6-12-2 overall record, and a 4-6-1 record in Pac-12 play.
Ducks Close Season with Civil War at OSU
Oregon State gets past Oregon 2-0 in a season finale Civil War battle at Paul Lorenz Field.
Courtesy: GoDucks.com: 08/14/2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The University of Oregon women’s soccer team gave a valiant effort in its season finale before falling to Oregon State in a Civil War battle at Paul Lorenz Field. The Beavers scored goals in the 42nd and 77th minute as the Ducks closed the season with a loss despite a strong showing on the road.
The Ducks (4-12-3, 2-8-1) took 11 shots and seven corner kicks. Sophomore Kristen Parr led the Ducks with three shots while Abby Steele and Lauren Holden combined to make six saves. With the win, Oregon State knots the series record at 7-7-4.
“I thought we started off with a bang but Oregon State settled in and took control,” said head coach Kat Mertz. “They scored a few good, opportunistic goals. I’ll give my girls credit. They did fight to the end.”
Oregon concludes Mertz’s first season at the helm with a 4-12-3 overall record and a 2-8-1 mark in Pac-12 play. The Ducks had a number of positives from the season, earning four victories at Papé Field, shutting out five opponents and defeating the second-highest ranked opponent in UO history with a 1-0 win against No. 12 California on Oct. 28.
While Mertz and the Ducks are looking for improvement, they hope the work put in during this season laid the foundation for futures success for the program.
“There are some really bright spots and great moments we can go back to from this season,” said Mertz. “Obviously, we need to improve and know that we need to get stronger. This season has been great for me as a coach to figure out what we need to do better in this conference. It’s been great to see all of the Pac-12 teams, and I know we can definitely build this program to the top of the conference.”
The Ducks started the contest fast, putting a shot on goal and taking two corner kicks from Lilly Archer before Oregon State registered an offensive statistic. The Beavers wrestled away control of the match midway through and forced the Ducks to withstand a lot of defending in its own half.