Men’s soccer ekes out victory against UCLA

Oct. 2, 2017, 10:53 p.m.

The Stanford men’s soccer team continues to shine. It remains undefeated in its last seven road Pac-12 matches dating back to last season, keeping the streak alive with a 1-0 win against UCLA on Sunday at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. No. 11 Cardinal (8-2-0, Pac-12 2-0-0) have won their last seven matches against the Bruins (3-5-0, 0-2-0) over several seasons.

This win follows the 5-0 shutout against San Diego State earlier in the week which saw three Stanford players contribute to the sweep. Forwards senior Foster Langsdorf and junior Amir Bashti made two goals each while senior midfielder Corey Baird added the fifth goal. Notably, this was just the second time in 17 seasons of PAC-12 play that the men’s soccer team scored five goals in a league game.

Coming off that hot streak, the Cardinal played strong against the Bruins. The goal by senior midfielder Drew Skundrich came off like a finely choreographed play. Skundrich took a lobbed assist from fellow senior midfielder Sam Werner in the 35th minute, smacking a header that first hit the crossbar into the goal. The goal was the third for Skundrich this season.

The game was tight with back and forth attempts at the goal. Senior defenders Tomas Hilliard-Arce and Adam Mosharrafa both made shots but unfortunately couldn’t find the goal. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Nico Corti continued his dominance inside the goal post with his fifth shutout of his career. This makes Corti’s goals against average at 0.61 for the season.

Langsdorf did not have a single shot attempt in the defensive slugfest. After scoring six goals in his first four games of the season, he only has two in his past six games. His eight goals on the season still ranks fifth in the nation.

The Cardinal hope to continue their winning streak on the road when they face the rival Cal Golden Bears on the road next Sunday. The game starts at 3 p.m. at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.


Contact Matthew Bernstein at mbernste ‘at’

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