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Cardinal men capture another soccer match at home, improve to 4-1

 

Brandon Vincent scored in the second half to snap a tie and help the 24th-ranked Stanford men's soccer team beat visiting Southern Illinois Edwardsville, 2-1, in a nonconference match Friday evening.

Marshall Glover scored the game-tying goal for the Cardinal (4-1), winners of three straight.

Andrew Epstein recorded three saves for Stanford, which hosts No. 11 Delaware at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Trailing in the 31st minute, Jordan Morris used an aggressive run to beat his defender to the back post.

The sophomore dropped a timely tap off to Glover, who deposited his first career goal from the center of the box squarely to the middle of the rear of the net.

A little over 10 minutes later, Vincent, a stalwart on Stanford's back line, continued his strong offensive game of late.

Working his way free on one of Stanford's seven corner kicks and with an assist from freshman Drew Skundrich, Vincent slipped in a goal to the far post.

It was Skundrich's first career point and Vincent's third career goal.

"We were okay off (of set pieces)," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "We're happy with the result. We managed to fight our way back into the game, but there are a lot of areas for improvement. Edwardsville did a good job of trying to pressure us and make it difficult to get settled into a run of play where we were passing and moving as well as we can."

The Cougars (0-5-2) entered the game with a string of rough luck in the early going. SIU began the year with four consecutive overtime games and has played five overtime games this season.

"Edwardsville came into the game very sharp," Gunn said. "There was a run from deep that never got stopped. You know straightaway you're in a game when you give up a soft goal like that. Now you've got a hole to dig yourself out of and you have to work a lot harder."

Women's volleyball

Top-ranked Stanford swept Eastern Washington, 25-11, 25-19, 25-16, Friday, at the San Diego Invitational in Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Stanford (9-0) hit .339 as a team, while holding Eastern Washington to a -.024 clip, and recorded a season high 11 aces.

Junior Inky Ajanaku, junior Brittany Howard and freshman Sidney Brown led the team with five kills each. Senior libero Kyle Gilbert finished with 10 digs.

Stanford posted a 25-11 win in the opening set, hitting .500 as a team. The Cardinal registered eight aces in the set, including two apiece from senior Kyle Gilbert, junior Madi Bugg and sophomore Grace Kennedy. Stanford held Eastern Washington to a .176 hitting percentage in the set.

Sophomore Kelsey Humphreys started the second set at setter and led the Cardinal to a 25-19 victory. Humphreys collected six assists and four digs in the set. Stanford held EWU to a -.027 team hitting percentage.

The Cardinal completed the sweep, its fifth of the season, with a 25-16 win in the third. Ajanaku led the team with three kills and six blocks in the set.

The Cardinal meets Cal State Northridge to complete the USD Invitational on Saturday, at 11 a.m.

Field hockey

Maddie Secco scored two goals to help Stanford beat visiting Central Michigan, 5-0, in a nonconference contest Friday.

Katie Keyser, Alex McCawley and Lauren Becker also scored for the Cardinal (7-1), which took 15 shots on goal.

Stanford goalkeeper Dulcie Davies was a lonely person. She did not have to face a shot. Clemence Souteau and McCawley each had an assist for Stanford, which hosts California at 1 p.m. Sunday in its Nor Pac opener.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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