Eric Verso connected on a goal in the 47th minute and Stanford made it stand Sunday to beat visiting Colgate, 1-0, in a nonconference men's soccer match.
The Cardinal (4-1-1) won its fourth straight and heads to UC Santa Barbara Friday with a chance for its first five-game winning streak in four years.
The Stanford forward ended a scramble in front of the goal that began with Ty Thompson's corner kick.
Thompson's kick sailed to the far end of the box where JJ Koval headed into the six-yard box towards Jordan Morris, whose effort was stopped by Colgate goalkeeper Liam Stapleton.
The Raider keeper, however, could not contain the rebound and Verso nodded home for the game's decisive score.
The Cardinal won four straight matches for the first time since Sept. 16-26, 2010.
Sunday the Cardinal again controlled the majority of possession, outshooting the Raiders by a 14-5 margin and taking eight corner kicks to just one for Colgate.
The Cardinal defense also flexed its muscle as goalkeeper Drew Hutchins needed only to make two saves to preserve his third clean sheet of the year and second in a row.
Stanford had several chances to double its lead in a sequence that began with Morris forcing Stapleton into action yet again.
The ensuing Cardinal corner kick from Thompson found the head of Matt Taylor, whose effort was saved by Stapleton. The rebound went to Verso, who belted the loose ball past Stapleton but off the post, narrowly missing his second of the match.