Notre Dame men get overtime goal to top Stanford soccer


Stanford scored to close the first half, Notre Dame caught its first goal in the final minutes of the second and the No. 4 Irish converted a free kick in the second overtime period to beat the No. 15 Cardinal at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic on Friday night, 2-1.

Stanford (0-1-2), winless in its first three matches of 2016, closes out the weekend tournament against No. 5 Indiana on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. PT in a game televised on the Big Ten Network.

Tanner Beason
The Cardinal was strong throughout regulation and took its first lead of the young season in the 42nd minute when Tanner Beason and Drew Skundrich linked up for the second straight game.

Beason crossed it in from the left onto the head of Skundrich, who beat Notre Dame’s Chris Hubbard to the near post and put Stanford on top.

A right back last season, Skundrich has moved up into Stanford’s central midfield and been a potent threat in the box.

He headed home his first career goal on a nearly identical feed from Beason in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Saint Mary’s and has put six of his 10 shots this season on frame.

Stanford remained on the front foot coming out of the break and when Notre Dame (3-0-0) finally had a strong chance, Andrew Epstein snuffed them out.

The redshirt junior first saved a rocket from the left boot of Thomas Ueland in the 51st minute. Ian Aschieris had the rebound fall right to his feet in front of a wide open goal, but Epstein climbed off his back and stretched far behind to snag Notre Dame’s chance out of the air.

The Cardinal went down a man for the second consecutive match when Justin Kahl received his second yellow at 69:44.

As it did against the Gaels, Stanford’s defense remained strong with 10 men, but in the 86th minute the Irish cut a ball back in the box and a little toe poke from Jon Gallagher snuck its way past Epstein to level the score.

In the 104th, Notre Dame’s Brandon Aubrey fired home a top-shelf, free kick from 30 yards out to send Stanford to its first loss in its past nine games.

Epstein tied a career high with six saves, a number he has reached on four occasions. With 123 career stops, the electrical engineering major inched closer to 10th on the program’s all-time list behind Drew Hutchins (129).

Field hockey

The Cardinal offense came out aggressive in the second half, with Stanford outshooting the visiting 10th-ranked Wolverines nine-to-six on the day, but Michigan held on to take a 2-1 win Friday afternoon at Varsity Turf.

On the game, head coach Tara Danielson stated, "We played a great second half – we were able to open up the game and create a lot of attack, though we need to start the game playing our style. We started off slow and tentative, when we really need to find our groove earlier."

The Cardinal (0-2) managed to match Michigan (2-1) in shots in the first half with both teams putting five on target.

The Wolverines struck first in the 24th minute with Leah Cardarelli setting up Emma Way for a goal past a diving Kelsey Bing. Bing stepped up to make three incredible saves in the half to send the Cardinal into the break down 1-0.

Michigan wasted no time in the second half as Sina Lampe sent a ball across the circle that Courtney Enge was able to deflect into the top left corner to put the Wolverines up 2-0.

The Cardinal battened down the hatches as it always does, entering the game with an 11 game streak of allowing two or less goals and it didn't disappoint.

Stanford's offense kept firing away in the second half, keeping the pressure on Michigan before the Cardinal finally broke through in the 51st minute as a penalty corner brought the ball wide, where Caroline Beaudoin poked it through the middle to Casey Deeds, who set up Marissa Cicione for a goal to make it 2-1.

— Stanford Athletics

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