An incredible bicycle-kick golden goal by junior Jordan Jones gave the Oregon State men’s soccer team an impressive 3-2 Pac-12 victory over No. 21 San Diego State on Thursday at Lorenz Field.
Jones took a right-to-left pass from freshman Eric Diaz and acrobatically re-directed the ball into the right corner at 97 minutes, 48 seconds to give the Beavers (6-7-3, 2-4-2) their second consecutive Pac-12 victory. They defeated California 1-0 on Sunday in their previous start.
“San Diego State is a very good team, and if you give them half an inch they’re going to score,” coach Steve Simmons said. “But our guys did a great job of hanging in there, and Jordan came up with the magical moment. That whole play was team goal. Our guys didn’t give up. They had the momentum against them, and we were still able to create a special moment. That’s one of the greatest goals I’ve seen on Lorenz Field, and I’ve seen a lot of good goals here.”
It was the 22nd career goal for Jones, who now has 49 career points (22 goals, five assists). It was also the second time on Thursday that Jones and Diaz combined for a goal; they also teamed up at 55:12 to give the Beavers a 2-0 advantage.
All five goals came in the second half or overtime. SDSU outshot the Beavers 17-13 and held a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks, but OSU keeper Ryan Vincent had six saves while posting his second win in a row.
Senior forward Matt Arbogast opened the scoring at 49:08, as his hard shot from just inside the 18-yard box finished a three-way play with sophomore Nathan Braaten and junior Jaime Mirrales.
Jones doubled the lead at 55:12 by blasting a point-blank shot past SDSU keeper Adam Allmaras after taking a nifty over-the-top feed from Diaz.
OSU concludes its home season at 1 p.m. Friday against UCLA.