Oregon State Women’s Soccer concludes regular season with draw against rivals

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Oregon State junior midfielder Skylar Herrera is working to keep the ball in play in order to score against the University of Oregon Ducks on Nov. 5 at Paul Lorenz Field. The Oregon State Beavers would tie with the Ducks 2-2.

Ben Pahl, Sports Contributor

On a cold, rainy night in Corvallis, the stage was set for a rivalry match-up between two teams looking to end their season on a high note. The game did not disappoint.

After 90 minutes of hard-fought, offensive action, not even two ten-minute overtime periods could separate the two teams, and Oregon State’s season finale ended in a 2-2 draw at Paul Lorenz field on Friday night.

The match started out with a bang, and not in a good way for the Oregon Ducks. In just the fourth minute, an Oregon State corner went off the head of Oregon forward Eden Hardy and got past goalkeeper Leah Freeman for an own goal, giving the Beavers a 1-0 lead. Oregon wouldn’t trail for long.

Just three minutes later, Eden Hardy made up for her mistake by slotting a header into the top corner of the net to level the game at one. The remainder of the half would see plenty of action, but the two teams headed into the locker room tied.

After giving up a goal to start the game, Oregon came out on the front foot in the second half and took the lead with a goal from forward Elmore Kess in the 46th minute to put the ducks up 2-1. After going in front, Oregon stayed in attacking mode and hit the crossbar twice in the following fifteen minutes.

In the 70th minute, the Beavers struck back when junior forward Maddie Tetz finished off a through-ball delivered by junior forward Sophie Conrad, tying the game at two.

The remainder of the match saw plenty of opportunities for both sides, but in the end nobody was able to find a game-winner, and the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Oregon was by far the more attacking team in the second half, but the Beavers did go on the offensive in overtime.

A staggering six Beavers played all 110 minutes of the match: redshirt-junior defender Maddy Ellsworth, freshman defender Juju Barker, freshman forward Mckenna Martinez, freshman midfeilder Sawyer Service, junior midfielder Skyler Herrera, sophomore forward Bryana Pizzaro and sophomore forward. Amber Jackson.

The 2-2 draw against Oregon will conclude the 2021 season for the Beavers, who finish 9th in the PAC-12 with a record of 3-7-1.