Stanford Moves On With 1-0 Win In Irvine
Nov. 22, 2009
Irvine, Calif. - The Stanford men will march on after a thrilling 1-0 win at UC Irvine on Sunday night. A first half Daniel Leon goal held up and the Cardinal will advance to the Sweet 16 to face No.1 and undefeated Akron.
Playing in its first tournament since 2002, the Cardinal have not been overwhelmed, improving to 2-0 with a pair of shutouts in the 2009 version.
Facing the No. 16 seeded Anteaters on the road, Stanford used an early goal and its typical outstanding defense to move on.
Leon's goal came in the 36th minute on a blast from 25 yards from the left side just inside the right post. It was the third goal of season for Leon and his first game winner.
The Cardinal and Anteaters played a fairly even first half with both teams having some opportunities. UC Irvine outshot Stanford 5-4, but John Moore was the difference, making three of his five saves in the period.
UC Irvine stepped up its attack in the second half, outshooting Stanford 6-2, but the Cardinal defense would not break, recording its ninth shutout of the year.
The backline of Shaun Culver, Hunter Gorskie, Ryan Thomas and Bobby Warshaw continued its tremendous play as the backbone of the Cardinal squad. Stanford has now given up just 16 goals in 19 games for a goals against average of 0.84.
The Cardinal will now move on to face No. 1 Akron, who is a perfect 21-0-0 on the season. The high scoring Zips versus the Stanford defense sets up to be an outstanding showdown.
Stanford and Akron will meet each other next Sunday, Nov. 29, in Akron. The winner will face the winner of Tulsa and Northwestern for a spot in the Final Four.