Santa Clara Edges Cardinal Men 2-1 In Overtime

Sept. 17, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford men's soccer team fell to Santa Clara, 2-1, in overtime tonight at the Bay Area Classic at Buck Shaw Stadium before a crowd of 2,040. The nationally-ranked Broncos improved to 4-1-0 on the season, while the Cardinal dropped to 1-3-1.

The Cardinal jumped out to an early advantage offensively as they claimed the majority of the game's possession and put the SCU squad on the defensive.

Stanford took an early 1-0 lead in the 21st minute when Marcus Ryan scored on a penalty kick after a series of challenges led to a foul call by referee Bob Martinez in the Stanford penalty area. Ryan calmly deposited the ball into the lower left corner of the goal, just out of the reach of Bronco keeper Christopher Moreo.

With Stanford leading 1-0 and the Broncos maintaining a wide advantage in shots, Santa Clara finally found the back of the net in the 86th minute of the game. Mehdi Ballouchy attracted the Stanford defensive backs and laid-off a pass to Keith DeVey on the right side of the top of the penalty box. DeVey took two quick touches and drove a low shot under Cardinal keeper Josh Nesbitt.

In the overtime period, both teams tried to apply offensive pressure. However it was the Broncos who earned the win when Peter Lowry lofted a ball from the left side of the field into the penalty area in the 97th minute.

Jide Ogunbiyi, DeVey and a Stanford defender each went up for the ball. Ogunbiyi headed it toward the goal and it appeared to take a slight deflection off the Cardinal player and went past Nesbit for the game-winner.

The Cardinal are back in action on Sunday against San Francisco at 1 p.m. at Maloney Field.

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