Drake 2, Stanford 1
Date of competition: Sunday, September 21, 2008
The Stanford men's soccer team must be wondering what it has to do to get the ball to bounce its way. The Cardinal was frustrated by an own goal with 21 seconds left and visiting Drake gladly accepted the gift and the 2-1 victory that went with it on Sunday in the Stanford Nike Invitational. Stanford senior Tom Montgomery took a short pass from Bobby Warshaw in the penalty area and lifted a hard-struck ball into the net for his second goal of the season to tie the match with less than seven lminutes remaining in regulation. In the 90th minute, Drake goalkeeper Michael Drozd, who had saved a first-half Warshaw penalty kick, booted a long free kick into the Stanford end. The ball glanced off the head of defender Kevin Huang and inside the post to lift Drake (7-1), ranked No. 19 by Soccer America, to victory. Stanford forced Drozd, who entered the match with five consecutive shutouts, into making seven saves. That doesn't include back-to-back second-half shots by Ryan Thomas that struck the post and the crossbar. "It's the same old story," Stanford Coach Bret Simon said. "We haven't done a good enough job of finishing our chances. And, at the end of the day, it's a crazy game. These things happen if you don't finish opportunities off." After five first-half shots, Stanford rebounded with 13 in the second for a season-high 18 in all. The 13 in one half was more than Stanford totaled for 90 minutes in any other match. Warshaw had a chance to give Stanford the lead after Montgomery was fouled in the box in the 23rd minute. Drozd guessed correctly to make the save, and stopped Warshaw's rebound, before another Stanford follow, by Thiago Sa Freire, was blocked by a defender. Stanford (2-3-1) returns to action Saturday for a 7 p.m. start against visiting Santa Clara in a Bay Area Classic match.
Drake 1 1 -- 2
Stanford 0 1 -- 1
Drake -- Harrison (Kuhn); own goal.
Stanford -- Montgomery (Warshaw).
Records: Stanford 2-3-1; Drake 7-1
posted by bounced on Sep 21, 2008 at 6:23 pm
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