OSU Men’s Soccer prepares for test against the University of Washington

OSU Men’s Soccer prepares for test against the University of Washington

Oregon State Men’s Soccer looks to bounce back from their 2-0 home defeat to Loyola Marymount University on Sept. 24, when they play the No. 22 University of Washington Huskies in Seattle this Saturday at 7 p.m.

OSU and UW head into the PAC-12 contest tied in the PAC-12 standings at 1-0-1.

“It is always an intense game against them…two very competitive teams and I feel like we are going to compete really well against them…I think it’s a great matchup for us to be able to test ourselves and see what we can do against a more direct team,” said Junior Midfielder Dante Williams. 

Washington’s direct play was on full display in their last contest against the University of Portland Pilots, where the Huskies took all three points in a 3-1 home victory on Sept. 24. 

Oregon State’s front line will look to key contributor senior Logan Farrington to create a spark for the offense against the Huskies. Farrington, in his first season in the PAC-12, currently leads the conference with seven total goals in eight games played. 

The Beaver’s offense has been able to consistently find the back of the net this season by connecting the defense to the attack. This is in large part because of the performance of sophomore defender Fran Cortijo who leads all PAC-12 players with six assists on the year. 

The PAC-12’s top goal scorer and assist leader will both suit up for the Beavers in the contest against the rival Huskies.

The Beavers hunt their second victory against a nationally ranked opponent this season. 

“It is always a hard-fought game…it all contributes to the rivalry…every year there’s some controversy, red cards, late-game goals, it’s always dramatic,” said Senior Forward Ellis Spikner. 

The Beavers hope to take all of the excitement of the match-up and the tactical plan of first-year head coach Greg Dalby into Seattle and secure the win. 

“At the end of the day, we have to make decisions during the game. It’s going to come down to who is prepared better but also who is ready on game day,” Spikner said.

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