Every Stanford starter registered a stat on the score sheet, freshman Foster Langsdorf came off the bench to play his first career minutes and score his first career goal and the No. 19 Stanford men's soccer team beat visiting Gonzaga, 3-0, Friday night in a nonconference contest.
The Cardinal (6-1) is off to its best start since winning six of its first seven in 2009. It also finished the month of September undefeated, something it hadn't done since 2001, and upped its home record to 6-0-2 over its past eight matches, the best stretch in four years.
"We can be happy with the results we've had this season apart from the first game," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "We're pleased with how we're forming as a team."
Conference play begins on the road for the Cardinal at No. 24 Oregon State (7-2-0) on Thursday.
"Every coach is going to let you know there are always areas for improvement, but we're making progress and gearing up quite well," Gunn said. "Now we move on to a new part of the season that's going to be another exciting challenge."
Every single starter had at least one shot, goal or assist and the Cardinal scored as many times as Gonzaga (1-6) had attempts. Stanford took 23 shots, seven on goal. Stanford goalie Andrew Epstein only needed to make two saves.
Jordan Morris, who assisted on three of his team's four goals last weekend, was the beneficiary of a beautiful set-up in the 31st minute.
Bobby Edwards raced up the right flank and chipped the ball into the middle of the box where Morris' athleticism was on display. The sophomore out-jumped everyone and knocked a one-hop header into the goal for Stanford's first score.
Coming out of the break, Tomas Hilliard-Arce also used his head to score.
Austin Meyer took the far corner and served into onto the head of the freshman, who easily cleared his surrounding defenders by a handful of inches to put Stanford up, 2-0. Both the defender's scores in 2014 have come off of set pieces.
"Games go in different ways and Gonzaga chose to sit off, which gave us possession of the ball," Gunn said. "I think we're good enough in possession to break teams down. Sometimes when a team does that it can really frustrate you, but we did well given the opportunity to look after the ball."
Foster Langsdorf scored his first career goal just over 30 minutes into his collegiate debut. A pair of seniors, Bobby Edwards and Jimmy Callinan, showed the young man the path as Edwards led Callinan to the near corner, who lofted it into the box for Langsdorf.
"I thought he was brilliant tonight," Gunn said of Langsdorf. "We've talked about having more strength and depth this year and Foster is a good example of that. He's someone who hadn't had minutes yet this season, but came on and had a tremendous performance. I'm really pleased for him. It shows the rest of the squad there are lots of opportunities for people to take advantage of."
Langsdorf became the ninth different player to score for the Cardinal thus far, and one of five who recorded their first career goal.
Stanford is the only Pac-12 school that can boast such a large of a number of varied goal scorers. Oregon State is next with eight.
After visiting Corvallis, Stanford goes to Seattle on Sunday night at 5 p.m. against No. 6 Washington, a match to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.