Stanford finally reaches its goal in win over USF


This time, the Stanford men's soccer team got the late goal and a one-goal victory to boot.

Senior Dominique Yahyavi scored in the 86th minute to break up a scoreless game against host USF as the Cardinal won its first contest of the season on Thursday night.

"This was a big win over a talented, physical team," Stanford coach Bret Simon said. "Hopefully this will get us going so we can get this thing turned around."

For 85 minutes the game went scoreless on wet, foggy night in San Francisco. The weather seemed to lead to an especially physical brand of soccer with the teams combining for 30 fouls and six yellow cards.

Unlike the last four games, Stanford would be the team to earn the game-winner. The goal came when Adoni Levine won a ball in the middle of the field and turned towards goal, as the Cardinal had a numbers advantage.

Alexander Binnie sprinted from the right wing to create space for a diagonal ball from Levine. Levine put it right on Binnie's foot, who played the ball across the goal to Yahyavi. The Cardinal senior used just one touch to finish his first goal.

Stanford was outshot 15-5, as Bobby Warshaw had a pair of potent tries that were deflected wide, including a free kick that seemed to be heading on goal.

Redshirt freshman Jason Dodson earned his first career shutout, making six saves. He was also active in controlling the aerial game of USF by coming off his line to intercept crosses.

The Cardinal (1-4) concludes the Bay Area Classic with a home match against Santa Clara on Sunday at 6 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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