The Oregon State men’s No. 8 soccer team defeated the No. 1 in Washington on Friday, overtaking the Huskies 3-2 in Seattle, Washington. With the victory, the Beavers claim the top spot in the conference ranking and improve to 9-1-2 (4-0-1 Pac-12) this season. Oregon State has scored three wins against opponents in the top 25 United Soccer Coaches this season (No. 23 UCLA on September 30, No. 13 San Diego State on October 3, and No. 1 Washington). It is also the Beavers’ first clear win against a No. 1 team after tying with Indiana No. 1 in 2005 and No. 1 Washington in 2014.
Redshirt senior Tyrone Mondi opened the goal in the 9th minute and scored his seventh goal of the season. Mondi’s goal makes him the top scorer in the state of Oregon. The OSU defense lasted for 26 minutes, until the Huskies reached the score of 1-1.
In the second half, a man fell level on points and Washington quickly beat 2-1 in the 55th minute of the game the Beavers in the lead. Freshman Joran Gerbet equalized 2-2 in the 73rd minute when the Huskies lost a second man. Gerbet’s goal was his first in his college career and was from his left foot towards the top left corner of the net. Runner-up Mouhameth Thiam sealed Oregon State’s victory with a penalty that was drilled to the right by the goalkeeper in the 86th minute. Thiam’s goal is his third of the season.
Junior Adrian Fernandez deserved a save between the pipes. The Beavers counted eight shots on goal out of a total of 18 shots and took five corner kicks throughout the game.
The Beavers return to Corvallis, Oregon to see Stanford on October 28th and California on October 31st. Both games are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. starts and is broadcast on the Pac-12 network.