BERKELEY, Calif. — The Oregon State men’s soccer team opened up a two-game road trip to the Golden State against Cal on Thursday afternoon, suffering a 2-0 defeat behind two second-half goals.
“We’re disappointed, especially after we started so well,” said head coach Steve Simmons. “I thought we were aggressive, which is what we wanted to be on the road and we put in a lot of work.
Cal struck first in the 59th minute after a play-in to the left side of the six-yard box bounced between one Golden Bear attacker and one Beaver defender, as Samuel Ebstein finished the look at point-blank range for a 1-0 lead.
OSU had plenty of opportunities to bury the equalizer, most notably one attempt from senior Jordan Jones, whose close-range attempt was stopped by Drake Callender in the net. Callendar made five total saves on the day against the Beavers.
The Golden Bears doubled their lead in the 74th minute following the sudden stop on Jones’ attempt as the hosts sprinted down the field for the counterattack and Jose Carerra-Garcia found Simon Lekressner on the right wing inside the box about 15 yards out. Lekressner placed the shot into the lower left slot for the 2-0 advantage.
OSU will remain in California over the weekend and will take on No. 8 Stanford on Sunday, with kickoff set for 11 a.m. The contest between the Beavers and the Cardinal will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.