Stanford men suffer soccer upset in season opener at Vermont

Jahn scores Cardinal first goal of the season

Stanford sophomore Adam Jahn scored the first goal of the season in the 17th minute, but the 13th-ranked Cardinal men's soccer team never found the back of the net again in a 2-1 loss to host Vermont in a nonconference contest Wednesday.

The Catamounts, who outshot Stanford 11-8, finished 1-10-5 last season, with the victory over a ranked opponent.

Stanford heads to Harvard for another nonconference match Saturday.

The Cardinal enter the season full of hope and confidence after reaching the Sweet Sixteen in last year's NCAA tournament. Jahn was one of the top-rated recruits and made an immediate impact last year. He's expected to carry more of the offensive load this season.

Senior midfielder Dominique Yahyavi began the scoring sequence, sending a corner into the box that Jahn finished.

The Catamounts tied the game with just over 20 minutes to play in regulation, and won it six minutes into the first overtime.

The Cardinal had a couple chances of taking the lead in regulation, the best coming on a through ball to Garrett Gunther with fewer than four minutes to go. He briefly broke free, but his shot was deflected high.

at Menlo 2, UC Santa Cruz 2

Ian Craig scored the equalizing goal in the final 15 minutes as Menlo College opened its season with a draw against the visiting Banana Slugs.

Craig, who assisted Alex Vukic to give the Oaks a 1-0 lead at the 1:26 mark, took a pass from Fermin Martinez and buried the ball into the back of the net at the 77:22 mark.

Menlo hosts Hope International on Saturday at 4 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by cat dad
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Go Cats...

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Posted by Eric B
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 3, 2010 at 8:26 am

Great game by the Cats. I was there and Stanford did not play like the #13 team. Stanford is solid but looked as they could just show up and win. Not always the case...

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