ATHERTON, Calif. – The Oregon Tech men’s soccer team took on No. 22 ranked Menlo Oaks Saturday afternoon. The Oaks scored first to get on the score sheet 29 minutes into the contest with a cross into the box that Forward Eric Hegmann redirected with his head past an outstretched Owls Goalkeeper Gerardo Skewes.
Tech was quick with a response, just 2 minutes later. A corner kick for the Owls saw the ball pop out wide to the far side of the field where outside back, Devin Lutz, collected it and sent it back in to centerback Ian Tarnovsky (Pictured) on the far post. Tarnovsky, under pressure, headed the ball over the goalkeeper to Trinidad Flores on the opposite post, where Flores easily redirected the ball with his head into the back of the net, bringing the game level at 1-1.
The Oaks did not back down and 5 minutes later found an opportunity on top of Tech’s 18 box that saw a searing shot force a tremendous diving save by Skewes that he was unable to control. The rebound was pounced on by a Menlo forward, only to be stuffed again by a scrambling Skewes, but a second rebound would be punched into the back of the Owls’ goal by Menlo forward Stephen Levy before the Owls’ defense could clear it out, taking the score line into the half at 2-1 in favor of the home team.
The second half started in favor of the Owls, with Senior Garrett Byrd drawing a foul about 40 yards out from goal. Byrd stepped up to take a long range shot, driving the ball at goal, only for it to take a slight deflection off a Menlo defender forcing the ball up just enough to catch the crossbar. From there, the Oaks capitalized on 3 of their 9 second half looks on frame, while limiting Tech to just 5 shots.
The loss sees Tech move to a record of 1-2 before heading to Idaho and Montana to begin Cascade Collegiate Conference play.