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Late goals clinch Pac-12 soccer title tie for Stanford men

 

The fourth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team may not have had the best of statistics Friday night but the Cardinal did what was necessary and clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 title, beating host Oregon State, 2-0, in a conference contest.

Stanford's scoring chances were few and far between and when they did come, the Cardinal (13-1-2, 6-0-2 Pac-12) did not miss, netting a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes to match a program record for conference victories.

Slater Meehan scored in the 81st minute and Jordan Morris added an insurance strike five minutes later.

The Cardinal currently owns 20 points and eliminated UCLA, California and Oregon State (7-6-1, 2-3-1) with its victory over the Beavers.

Coupled with Washington's 1-0 loss to California on Friday night, Stanford has clinched at least a share of the league title. UW can match the Cardinal's 20 points if it wins its final four games and the Cardinal closes with defeats in its last two.

Stanford heads north to face the Huskies (6-4-5, 2-2-2) on Monday night at 7 p.m. in a match televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Morris, who has missed four games this year because of U.S. Soccer duties, has been nearly unstoppable when wearing a Stanford shirt. He has a career-high eight goals in 12 appearances this season.

In his last eight games with the Cardinal, the junior has seven goals, two assists and 16 points. Morris, who already leads the conference in both goals per game (0.67) and points per game (1.50) will enter near the top of the national rankings in those categories Saturday morning after reaching the necessary threshold (playing in 75 percent of team's games).

The shutout was Stanford's eighth of the season and its first since the last time it beat the Beavers on Oct. 11. Andrew Epstein, who entered the night with the nation's 16th-best goals against average, lowered that number to 0.60 while securing his 11th career whitewash.

Stanford's 13 wins in 2015 match its total from last season and are now tied for seventh in program history.

— Stanford Athletics

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