Uploaded: Monday, September 17, 2012, 7:55 AM
Defense sets record in women's soccer win
|The No. 3-ranked Stanford women's soccer team held an opponent without a shot for the first time in school history in beating UNC Greensboro, 4-0, at the Santa Clara Classic at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sunday in Santa Clara.
Stanford (6-1-1) got goals from four different players and earned its fourth consecutive shutout while outshooting the Spartans, 25-0.
In a program history that began in 1984, Stanford had held an opponent to one shot eight times, but never to none. UNCG (3-5) also failed to secure a corner kick, meaning Stanford goalkeepers Aly Gleason and Lindsay Dickerson had an uneventful day while the Cardinal extended its shutout streak to 413 minutes, 19 seconds.
Alex Doll put Stanford in front in the 22nd minute, but it wasn't until the second half when the Cardinal broke the match open, scoring three goals in under nine minutes, from the 55th to the 63rd minutes.
Courtney Verloo scored for the second consecutive match and earned tournament MVP honors. Haley Rosen scored her first collegiate goal and Sydney Payne scored her fourth to move into a tie for the team season lead.
Stanford won the four-team event with a 2-0 record. Verloo, Gleason, and defenders Alina Garciamendez and Rachel Quon were named to the all-tournament team.
Stanford concluded its nonconference schedule and opens Pac-12 Conference play on Sunday against visiting Arizona State in a 2 p.m. match televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
Stanford fell behind early, fought back, but eventually fell 2-1 to visiting Santa Clara on Sunday night at Cagan Stadium. After spotting the Broncos two goals, the Cardinal were on the verge of tying things up late in the game, but could not find the equalizer.
"I was really disappointed how we were outcompeted at the beginning of the game," said Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn. "Give credit to Santa Clara, they were sharper to the ball early on. They won firsts, they won seconds and they scored a couple of really good goals."
Ryan Masch handled the scoring for Santa Clara, finishing a pair of first-half goals. His first goal came in just the fourth minute on a cracking volley, while the second was a chip over the goalkeeper in the 35th minute.
Stanford outshot Santa Clara 11-7 in the half, but still trailed by two.
The Cardinal rallied in the second half, coming out with renewed energy and focus. The home team dominated the run of play, outshooting Santa Clara, 13-2.
"I give the guys full marks for fighting back after being down two goals," said Gunn.
Stanford had countless second half chances, but Santa Clara goalkeeper Larry Jackson was tremendous, making eight saves.
Adam Jahn finally got Stanford on the board in the 75th minute as he scored his fourth goal of the season. Jahn clinically took a ball of his chest in the box, brought it to his feet and shot low and in the corner. Wednesday's hero, Austin Meyer provided the pass and was credited with the assist.
Men's water polo
Fourth-ranked Stanford bounced back from a tough overtime loss to No. 1 USC in the NorCal Invitational semifinals Sunday morning, defeating No. 3 California, 9-8, in the evening to claim third place at Avery Aquatic Center.
The Cardinal (3-1) returns to action in two weeks, traveling to Santa Barbara for the SoCal Tournament on Sep. 29-30.
Sophomore Alex Bowen (five goals), freshmen BJ Churnside (four) and Bret Bonanni (three), redshirt sophomore Nick Hoversten (three) and redshirt junior Forrest Watkins (two) accounted for all but one of Stanford's goals Sunday as the Cardinal got a chance to gauge where it stands against two of the top teams in the nation in USC and California. Redshirt junior Ian Gamble also netted a goal in the morning against the Trojans.
Facing the Golden Bears for third place just hours after a heart-breaking 10-9 overtime loss to USC in the semifinals, Stanford showed its fire by blitzing California for five goals over the opening 6:15 of the game. Hoversten got it started just 39 seconds into the game and Bonanni followed up with a five-meter penalty conversion 35 seconds later.
The lead got as high as 7-1 with 3:25 to go before the half, but California started to show signs of life, scoring twice before the buzzer to go into the break trailing 8-3. Three straight goals over the first 12:41 of the second half got the Golden Bears within two at 8-6 before Bonanni scored on the 6-on-5 with 2:48 to play, giving Stanford some breathing room.
That goal would prove fortuitous as California's late charge resulted in two more goals, the last coming with 1:28 to play, forcing the Cardinal defense to tighten up and protect the lead. The defense, anchored by goalie Scott Platshon, the Menlo School grad who made 15 saves Sunday, and two-meter players Watkins, Conner Cleary and Andrew LaForge, held together for the final 1:28, with Gamble making the key steal on California's final possession.
The morning's semifinal featured eight ties as the Cardinal and Trojans slugged it out in Avery Stadium. The Cardinal would manage a two-goal lead at 5-3 with 5:36 to go in the third period before USC scored three successive goals to go up 6-5 with 6;13 to play in regulation.
Starting with Bowen's equalizer with 4:55 to play that made it 6-6, the Cardinal would fall behind by a goal only to dramatically tie it back up four times over the game's final five minutes. Hoversten and Bonanni would get the Cardinal back on even footing at 7-7 and 8-8, respectively, before another underclassman provided the spark in the dying seconds of regulation.
Trailing 9-8, the Cardinal drew a kickout with four seconds to play and Churnside alertly grabbed the ball outside of four meters and fired home past USC goalie Ely Bonilla to tie it up at 9 with three seconds left, capping a combined nine-goal final period.
Unfortunately for the Cardinal, it would not be able to find the back of the net over the two overtime sessions, as USC's Jeremy Davie netted the eventual game-winner at 2:41 of the second stanza.
— Stanford Sports Information
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