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Callinan's first career goal worth the wait for Stanford

 

Jimmy Callinan had gone 65 career matches without scoring a collegiate goal. He corrected that in his 66th game on Friday night. The senior captain's 54th minute tally was the highlight of No. 11 Stanford men's soccer team's 3-0 win at USF.

Playing just down the street from where he starred as a prep at St. Ignatius, Callinan put home his meaningful mark with the help of Foster Langsdorf and Eric Verso.

Langsdorf played the ball to the far post and Verso, who was able to get it across the face of the goal to Callinan and a tap from the senior captain put Stanford up 2-0.

"It's awesome and you're just so happy for him," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "He's been fantastic this year and is leading the team so well. You can see how desperate he is to score and how desperate he is to help the team. That's a great one for him. I'm sure he'll sleep well tonight."

Or maybe not.

"I rushed to the sideline and all the guys who've been putting in the work all year with me were super excited," Callinan described. "Just to see their jubilation that we were up another goal and I knew they were aware it was my first, that really pumped me up and the rest of the team as well."

Callinan, who has three assists this season, became the 11th different Stanford (9-2-2) player to score a goal in 2014. That large number of varied offensive weapons leads the Pac-12.

His defining score came in the second half after the team leader in that category, Brandon Vincent, put home his sixth on a penalty in the 32nd minute.

A Dons' (8-4-2) defender was dispossessed just outside the box and Zach Batteer raced on goal, tiptoed past the keeper and fired his shot on frame. Without any real option, USF defender Joshua Smith reacted and stopped Batteer's attempt with an outstretched right hand.

Smith was given a red card for the intentional hand ball, Vincent buried his second penalty kick of the year and the Dons played the game's final 58 minutes down a man.

"They're a very good team having a very good season so we knew it was going to be a tough test coming up here," Gunn said. "We managed to be in the final third attacking and the guy just had one of those natural reactions trying to save the team. We score the penalty and they're a man down. It certainly makes life a lot easier for us."

Jordan Morris iced the match with his third goal of the season in the 70th minute when Batteer clipped a ball in for Morris to run on to. The sophomore didn't need to do too much and had a clean, neat finish.

"When you're playing against 10 men the chances they're going to get are going to come off of set pieces," Gunn said. "That's something we have to improve on. But the other team is always going to have a couple looks on goal and Andrew did his job on those two. Other than that we were rock solid."

The Cardinal returns to Pac-12 play on Thursday when it plays at UCLA at 8 p.m. in a match to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

"I think a win like we had tonight definitely helps," Callinan said. "Besides Creighton we haven't lost a game out of conference and this just shows the rest of the country that every team we play we can compete against and dominate. In the Pac-12 the teams are all top-20, top-25 in the country. This just gives us more confidence heading into the second half of the season that we can win the Pac-12."

Women's soccer

Taylor Uhl had two goals and an assist, and scored a golden goal in overtime to give Stanford a 3-2 Pac-12 women's soccer victory over Arizona on Friday night.

Uhl scored her 50th career goal in the 19th minute, turning and firing with her left foot to give Stanford a 2-0 lead, but Arizona stormed back with two goals in a six-minute span to tie it up at 79:04.

However, Uhl worked her magic again, tapping in a rebound at 98:47 after goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman initially saved a shot by Chioma Ubogagu off a corner kick.

Moments earlier, Kaufman tipped a shot by Hannah Farr over the bar. For Uhl, it was her second overtime winner in as many years against the Wildcats.

No. 4 Stanford (13-1-2 overall, 5-1-1 Pac-12) opened with a goal by Lo'eau LaBonta only 46 seconds into the match, for her seventh goal of the season.

Andi Sullivan pushed the ball up the left side, and passed to Laura Liedle up the flank. Liedle cut inside and passed to Uhl at the top of the box. With two touches with her back to the goal, she sent the ball to LaBonta who was wide open on the right side of the box. She closed in on goal and fired a hard shot from six yards for the score.

Uhl gave Stanford a 2-0 lead when Bauer took a pass from Alex Doll on the defensive half and pushed deep into the defense before passing to Uhl, who used her body to shield a defender and turned to fire with her left foot from 18 yards across the goal mouth and inside the right post.

Arizona (9-5-1, 3-4) fought back on goals by Julia Glanz and Gabi Stoian to force overtime. It was the second time this season that Stanford has allowed two goals.

The Cardinal entered the match tied for the national lead in fewest goals allowed, with four.

Uhl took advantage of her starting opportunity. She was held scoreless for the first 14 matches of the season, but scored her initial goal last week on a header to spark a 3-0 victory over Colorado. Uhl ranks No. 4 among NCAA Division I active scorers.

Stanford returns to action on Sunday with a match at No. 25 Arizona State at 1 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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