Foster Langsdorf and Corey Baird connected for the second consecutive match and the No. 13 Stanford men's soccer team earned its fourth straight shutout win, beating visiting San Jose State, 1-0, on Thursday night.
The Cardinal (4-1) hits the road for a nonconference match at SMU (2-1-2) on Sunday (5 p.m. PT) before returning home to face USF next Friday.
Following a takeaway at midfield, Baird dribbled toward the center of the pitch and played it right at Langsdorf's feet with a through ball to the top of the six-yard box between the Spartan's Uriel Ayala and Mikhail Wingate-Pearce. Langsdorf beat Emmanuel Espinoza to the near post for his second strike in as many games.
"Foster is maturing wonderfully," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "His touch is so clean. What's really changed for him has been his decision-making; knowing when to soak the ball up, when to give the ball off first time, when to hold it up and look for the second-time or third-time pass. Tonight's goal was another great pass from Corey and Foster opened up off the defender's shoulder. He has the right attitude. He's very hard-working and he's getting smarter and smarter."
Following the goal, Langsdorf approached a Pac-12 Networks camera and mouthed the words "I love you mom" to mother Laura. "She always says I don't say it enough," Langsdorf joked.
Stanford recorded a season-high 22 shots, with several near misses. In the 37th minute, Amir Bashti stole the ball in the attacking third and passed ahead to Jordan Morris, but Morris' flick over the keeper hit the post.
Four minutes later, Drew Skundrich played the ball up the right flank to Bryce Marion, who shook his defender and crossed the ball through to Sam Werner. Werner's attempt from the top of the 18 sailed high.
A flurry of activity early in the second nearly netted Stanford's second goal. A Baird corner kick found the head of Tomas Hilliard-Arce, but skimmed over the crossbar.
Stanford, which last year led the Pac-12 in goals against average for the first time since 2002, has won four straight matches without allowing a goal. The Cardinal's shutout streak is currently at 408:12, its longest since midway through the 2007 season (575:51).
"When we first started [at Stanford it was all defend, defend, defend because the other team had the ball. To be honest, we are getting shutouts as much because we're playing so much good soccer and having so much possession as it is incredible defending," Gunn said. "People think possession means chances. For us, possession really helps us not have to defend as much."
The Cardinal is 12-1-4 in its last 17 matches at home. Over that time, Stanford has outscored its opponents, 29-10, and not allowed more than one goal in any contest.
Fifth-ranked Stanford appears to enjoy playing dramatic matches on the road as much as it does at home.
Marissa Cicione scored with no time remaining to lift the Cardinal past host No. 15 Iowa, 3-2, in a nonconference match on Friday.
Stanford (4-1) takes on Saint Louis in a nonconference match, also in Iowa City, on Friday.
All five of Stanford's matches have been decided by a single goal and Thursday's victory was the fourth decided on the final shot of the game.
The Cardinal trailed, 2-1, late in the second half before Jessica Chisholm tied the game with 11:16 remaining and setting up Cicicone's heroics.
Iowa outshot Stanford, 17-9, and held an 11-5 advantage in penalty corners. Dulcie Davies made nine saves, including two clutch stops just before Fran Tew opened the scoring.
With 1:33 to go in the first half, Sarah Helgeson set up Tew's first goal of the season, giving the Cardinal a 1-0 lead at halftime.
In the 59th minute, Maddie Secco set up Chisholm, for the second time in as many games, to tie the game. Cicione volleyed a shot from close range after Chisholm's initial shot was saved by the keeper.
Unranked North Carolina stunned the third-ranked Stanford, 25-17, 27-25, 25-2, Thursday in a nonconference match in Chapel Hill.
Brittany Howard recorded 13 kills for the Cardinal (3-2), which dropped back-to-back matches for the first time in three years and were swept in consecutive matches for the first time in 15 years.
Stanford travels to Durham to take on Duke (4-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Friday hoping to avoid its first three-match losing streak since 2000.
The Tar Heels (2-4) won their 24th consecutive home match and beat the No. 3 team in the country for a second straight season.
North Carolina hit .300 for the match, while holding Stanford to a .162 clip. The Tar Heels had 13 hitting errors, while the Cardinal tallied 21. UNC also held a slim 9-8 edge in blocks.
Playing in her home state, senior setter Madi Bugg finished with 34 assists, eight digs and five blocks. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Merete Lutz finished with nine kills and three blocks.