CORVALLIS, Ore. - Butler hit the post twice, the ball bounced out. No. 18 Oregon State hit the post twice, the ball bounced in. Such was life for the BU women's soccer team in a 3-0 loss at Oregon State Friday afternoon.
"Today we saw two teams play attractive soccer," head coach Tari St. John said. "It was a well-played game on both sides. They found a way to score goals and we had chances but they were a bit off."
OSU (5-0-0), the only unbeaten team left in the Pac-10, took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute on a goal by Jenna Richardson. BU and OSU would play even the rest of the first period.
Following halftime, sophomores Katie Griswold and Rachael Melendez put up dangerous scoring chances. Griswold hit the post in the 57th minute and Melendez sent a shot off the crossbar at the 65:44 mark. Less than 12 minutes later, Oregon State's Melinda Ingalls found the net to put the Beavers up 2-0. OSU's Chelsea Buckland scored in the match's final minutes to provide the final margin.
"I was impressed with the athleticism that Oregon State showed," St. John said. "But even though we lost, I felt our back line was as organized as I have seen. They were facing some of the best forwards in the country and played well. I felt we were out there competing."
Butler will have Saturday off before taking on Oregon in Corvallis in a neutral-site match. The Bulldogs-Ducks match is set for 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).