Beaver Soccer ends in stalemate against Utah Valley

Ben Pahl, Sports Contributor

The Oregon State Beavers played to a hard-fought scoreless draw against Utah Valley on Monday night at Paul Lorenz Field.  

Despite the result, the game had plenty of action.  The fifth-ranked Beavers produced 12 shots, and also had ten corners.  The visiting Wolverines had five shots on goal and nine total.  

Early in the second half, Utah Valley came close to taking the lead.  After a nice breakaway from junior midfielder Miuru Ura, he was able to get off a decent look at goal, however Oregon State freshman keeper Luis Castillo was there to make the save.  

The best chance of the night for the Beavers came in the 81st minute.  After a minute of constant pressure in Utah Valley’s half, senior forward Adrian Molina-Diaz found a path through the defense, and his powerful left-footed shot struck the post.  This would be the final shot of the night for the Beavers, and the Wolverines were able to see out a draw on the road.  

Junior midfielder Javier Armas and forward Adrian Molina-Diaz both had three shot attempts for Oregon State.  Beaver goalkeeper Luis Castillo had an impressive five-save performance.  Javier Armas, senior Gael Gilbert and sophomore Nicklas Lund all played the full ninety minutes of the match.

For Utah Valley, Miura Ura led the way with three shots, two of them being on goal.  Sophomore midfielder Alejandro Silva was second on the team in shot attempts with two.  

With the result, the Beavers’ record moves to 1-0-1 on the young season.  Next up, Oregon State will host Seton Hall at 6 PM on Friday night.