Oregon State Spotlight: Beavers put 2014 behind them

A new season means new hope, and for the Oregon State women's team that means a chance to erase memories of 2014 when Beavers went winless in 20 games and managed to score just four goals. They quickly put the past behind them as they upset perennial power Portland, 2-1, on the road to open the 2015 season.

Freshman Allison Pantuso was the star, scoring her second goal of the night with 22 seconds left to play in the second overtime period to lift the Beavers past UP for the first time ever at Merlo Field.

“This was a great start to the season and a great start to Allison's freshman year,” said Oregon State head coach Linus Rhode. “It was a tremendous team performance in a very difficult environment. Our players fought hard to the very end."

Pantuso’s first goal came just seven minutes after she entered the game as a second-half substitute with a goal set up by sophomore Emma Jones. She ended the match with a shot from 14 yards out with 21 seconds left in overtime.

The Beavers are largely unchanged from 2014 when scoreless draws against Loyola Marymount, Cal State Fullerton and Portland were the only matches they did not lose. The season ended with 11 straight losses, all in the Pac-12. One bright spot was freshman goalkeeper Bella Geist, who made 126 saves. She began where she left off in 2014 with six saves against Portland.

The notable addition is 20-year-old Greta Espinoza, who played for Mexico in the 2015 Women's World Cup. She is a junior transfer from Arizona Western College. The only freshman to start against Portland was Mariah Roggow, an 11th-hour addition who had planned on attending a local JC until the Beavers spotted her at a showcase tournament with FC Portland Academy.

Oregon State Starting XI vs. Portland:
Bella Geist, Soph. | Milwaukie, Ore.
Kathryn Baker,
Jr. | Vancouver, B.C.
Greta Espinoza, Jr. | Mexico
Gwen Bieck, Sr. | Duvall, Wash.
Annie Govig, Jr. | Sherwood, Ore.
Natalie Higgins, Soph. | San Clemente, Calif.
Emmy Rodriguez, Soph.|  Pleasanton, Calif.
Sabrina Santarossa, Jr. | Granby, Quebec
Nikki Faris, Soph. | San Clemente, Calif.
Helene Haavik, Jr. | Norway
Mariah Roggow, Fr. | Kelso, Wash.
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