After coming off their first win against a No. 1 ranked opponent last week, the No.3 ranked Oregon State Beavers faced off against another conference opponent in the Stanford Cardinal Thursday night.
While the team was focused on keeping their momentum rolling, the Beavers had a few key inactives for the game Thursday night.
Adrian Molina-Diaz, a graduate student who is out for the remainder of the season due to a broken leg. Diaz is a forward who has 6 goals, and 3 assists and is second on the team for points with 15. Sofiane Djeffal, a junior midfielder was out for the game against the Cardinal due to a foot injury. Djeffal has 5 goals and 4 assists this season and is just behind Diaz with 14 points.
The Beavers missed the two players in what was a low scoring game vs Stanford. The action in Paul Lorenz Field began with the tip off by the Beavers. Five minutes in, the first foul was called on Stanford’s Mark Fisher, which gave Oregon State redshirt-senior forward Tsiki Ntsabeleng the free kick.
The first shot of the game would come from Oregon State sophomore midfielder Mouhameth Thiamat at the 8th minute, but the shot would be off target.
The first free kick for Stanford would come at the 10th minute mark after a foul by Oregon State redshirt-sophomore midfielder Carlos Moliner. The Cardinal’s first shot would come a minute later, but would also be off target.
Fifteen minutes would pass and only consist of four total fouls, an even 2 and 2 for both teams.
At the 28th minute, the Cardinal would be awarded a corner kick which would amount to a shot by Stanford but the shot would be saved by Oregon State junior goalkeeper Adrian Fernandez.
The Beavers would benefit from the save as it led the team to transition to a shot of their own. Ntsabeleng would take the shot, but it would amount to nothing as the shot was blocked.
Ntsabeleng would get two more shots before the game made it to the half, but both would not go in, as they were off target as well.
The two teams entered the half with a score of 0-0, however the Beavers would lead in shots with 6 to the Cardinals 2 and lead in corner kicks with 3 to the Cardinals 1. Both teams would be even at one save a piece.
The second half would continue where it left off with the shots by the Beavers. Oregon State redshirt senior midfielder Tyrone Mondi would score at the 48th minute with an assist by Thiamat. Tyrone would score with a shot that would come off his right foot and hit the bottom left of the goal. With the goal ,Mondi increased his goal total to 8 on the season.
In the 52nd minute the Cardinals would get the opportunity to tie the game at 1 a piece but would fall short with a shot at the bottom center of the net saved by Fernandez.
After a series of fouls by both teams, a shot by Oregon State freshman midfielder Joran Gerbet would be blocked and fall short of extending the lead. The shot would come in at the 70th minute.
Cardinal midfielder Aiden Weaver would shoot at the top center of the net, but would be saved by Fernandez once again.
Stanford would really increase the pressure on the Beavers defense in the last minute of the game by putting up two shots. The first would be blocked by a Beavers defender and the other would be saved by Fernandez. The save would allow Oregon State to clear the ball and escape the game with a 1-0 victory over the Stanford Cardinal.
The Beavers extend their win streak to 3 straight and hope to carry on to finish the month strong with a win over the University of California Golden Bears at Paul Lorenz Field on Halloween night.