The Oregon State Men’s soccer team was able to get their first win against a No.1 ranked team, as they defeated the No. 1 ranked University of Washington Huskies on Friday night.
It would be the Beaver’s first outright win for the program, after finishing in a draw versus the No.1 ranked Indiana University Hoosiers and in 2005 and against the No.1 Huskies in in 2014. This time, the Beavers were able to come out on top.
The win will shake up the PAC-12 standings as the Beavers hand Washington their first loss of the season after their 11-0 start.The last time the Oregon State Beavers won against the University Of Washington dates back to Nov. 9th, 2017.
The Beavers entered the game with a 8-1-2 record, and a 3-0-1 conference record. It was a physical showing with the first foul taking place only 22 seconds into the game, which saw Beavers midfielder Sofiane Djeffal being awarded the freekick. Nothing would come of it, but the physicality would continue. The first shot for Oregon State would be off target, but would be a sign of things to come.
The first goal of the game occurred at the 9 minute mark with a shot that would hit the bottom left of the net coming off the right foot of Oregon State redshirt-senior midfielder Tyrone Mondi, who was awarded all PAC-12 second team honors last season.
Washington would come out of the game just as strong with a shot of their own by Huskies defender Achille Robin at the 14th minute. The shot had placement at the top center of the net which was saved by Oregon State junior keeper Adrian Fernandez. This would give the Huskies the first corner kick of the game.
After a 6 minute duration which only contained a series of fouls by the Huskies, Oregon State redshirt-sophomore midfielder Carlos Moliner had the chance to extend the lead with a shot at the bottom right of the net which would be saved by Sam Fowler, the keeper for Washington.
In the 27th minute, Washington’s defender Ryan Sailor would capitalize with a shot that hit the bottom right of the goal by the assist of another Washington defender, Charlie Ostrem.
The first red card of the game would come to be by the Huskies’ Robin Archilles and would give the Beavers a penalty opportunity before the teams would head into halftime. Oregon State midfielder junior Sofiane Djeffal would be awarded the penalty but would miss due to a shot that was off target.
To end the half, the Beavers would have 5 shots to the Huskies 3. They would both be even at 1 a piece for saves and goals scored but the Huskies would have a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
With 45 minutes gone and 45 minutes left, both teams looked eager to get out on top. The two nationally ranked teams came out where they left off and had a total of 4 shots shared between the two teams within the first 8 minutes of the second half.
At the 55th minute of the game the Huskies shot by Nick Scardina would hit the bottom left of the net and give them the lead they were looking for. Not too long after, Christian Soto of the Huskies would be given the second red card of the night at the 62nd minute. But the Beavers would answer back when they needed it the most, with a shot that hit off the left foot of freshman Joran Gerbet’s which would hit the top left of the goal, the first goal of his collegiate career. Bringing the score back to a tie of 2-2.
The two teams would battle it out until a controversial call gave the Beavers the second penalty attempt of the night. The crowd was loud and let the ref hear it, the passion and anger in their words represented how intense the game was with all the fouls being called throughout the match. The penalty would take place at the 87th minute, the shot by Mouhameth Thiam would be just left of the outstretched hand of the keeper’s glove and would silence the crowd as the visiting Beavers would go up 3-2 with 3 minutes left.
Washington would search for a response but with not enough time left, the whistle blew and the Beavers celebrated. Head Coach Terry Boss mentioned that he was proud of the fight that his team showed. “I love this team and how they love and care and fight for one another,” said Boss.
The Beavers hope to carry the momentum into the next game as they take on the Stanford Cardinal on Oct. 28th in Corvallis. Kickoff is slated for 3:00 p.m.