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Cardinal corner: No. 1 men's water polo keeps winning

 

The top-ranked Stanford men's water polo team broke a 5-5 tie with the first six goals of the second half and the Cardinal never looked back, en route to a 13-7 victory over No. 9 Long Beach State Thursday night at Avery Aquatic Center.

The Cardinal improved to 10-0 on the season, matching its best start since 2009. Long Beach State (6-6) was the fourth top-10 opponent Stanford has defeated this season. All 10 wins have come by two goals or more.

Stanford netted six goals in the first 4:54 of the third quarter to open the margin. Sophomores Ben Hallock and Tyler Abramson tallied a pair of goals each, while senior Blake Parrish and freshman Jackson Seybold added a goal apiece during the spurt.

The 49ers ended the Cardinal run with consecutive goals late in the third to cut the Stanford lead to 11-7. The Cardinal responded with less than a minute remaining in the period, as Abramson found the back of the cage for his fifth goal of the contest.

Hallock, who recorded a hat trick for the third consecutive match, added a score in the fourth to give Stanford the 13-7 win.

Senior goalie Oliver Lewis finished with 10 saves on the night, while his counterpart, Marwan Darwish of Long Beach State, recorded nine stops.

Abramson's five goals Thursday night gives him a team-best 31 for the season. Hallock's hat trick gives him 25 for the season, while Parrish's hat trick gives him 20 for the year.

Stanford continues its busy weekend at Avery Aquatic Center with Mountain Pacific Invitational Friday through Sunday. The Cardinal opens play in the 16-team tournament on Friday at 4:10 p.m. against San Jose State.

Men's soccer

Oregon State made an early goal stand and the 10th-ranked Stanford men's soccer team had its 14-match Pac-12 unbeaten streak snapped with a 1-0 loss in Corvallis on Thursday night.

"Oregon State settled into the game better than we did," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "In a match with very few open chances they buried one and deserved to take the lead. We gave them a head start, they were able to hold onto it and we paid the penalty for letting a team get a little too happy in first half."

The defeat was Stanford's first to Oregon State since Oct. 23, 2011 and snapped the Cardinal's 11-match winning streak in the series. Stanford had outscored the Beavers 13-0 in the previous six meetings. It was OSU's first goal against the Cardinal since Nov. 9, 2014.

Oregon State's winner came in the 23rd minute from Gloire Amanda, who drilled one in at the far post after the ball had gone wide and was touched forward by Sofiane Djeffal.

Logan Panchot nearly sent the game into overtime with a strike in the 89th minute to the top left corner, but Beaver keeper Adrian Fernandez made a diving stop with his right hand to knock the ball down and secure the win.

"In the second half we were sharper, the passing was crisper and we had Oregon State on the back foot," Gunn added. "Logan forced their keeper into a very good save on a free kick earlier in the game and that stop at the end from a similar spot was spectacular."

Stanford returns to action Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. when it plays at Washington in a match televised on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Washington.

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