SAN DIEGO – The Oregon State men’s soccer got its first win Pac-12 Conference win of the season on Sunday, topping San Diego State 1-0.
Senior forward Emery Welshman scored his seventh goal of the season in the 57th minute to provide the winning margin.
The Beavers (6-4-1, 1-2) pitched their fifth shutout of the season, with freshman keeper Matt Bersano making three saves. He made two first half saves as the teams took the scoreless tie into intermission.
Welshman found a loose ball and beat San Diego State keeper Blake Hylen to the lower left corner from approximately 15 yards out to net his fourth game-winning goal of the season.
“Emery was able to turn that into a scoring opportunity and he did what Emery does,” coach Steve Simmons said. “It was a classic striker’s goal.”
Bersano and the defense made sure the lead stuck.
“After we scored they put us on our back foot, but we were able to dig a trench line,” Simmons said. “Matty made some great saves to preserve the shutout, and I can’t say enough about Travis Anderson, Chris Harms, Brenden Anderson and Colin Mitchell.”
The win is the Beavers’ first conference road victory since defeating the Aztecs in October 2010.
“San Diego State has a high-powered attack,” Simmons said. “To shut them out at their place is definitely a feather in our cap.”
OSU will look to carry the momentum into home matches this weekend against Stanford on Friday at 7 p.m. and California on Sunday at 1 p.m.