Cardinal Cruise Past San Jose State, 5-1
Nov. 6, 2003
San Jose, Calif. - The Stanford Cardinal scored four second half goals en route to a 5-1 win over San Jose State. With the win, the Cardinal improve to 3-14-2 on the season, while the Spartans fall to 10-5-2.
Stanford and San Jose State entered the break tied at 1-1. Down 1-0 late in the first half, freshman Marcus Ryan scored on a breakaway in the 43rd minute to pull the Cardinal even with the Spartans. Juniors Matt Janusz and Darren Fernandez collected assists on the play.
With the scored tied 1-1 after the opening half of play, the Cardinal offense erupted for four second half goals. Fernandez gave the Cardinal the lead, which it wouldn't relinquish, just 57 seconds into the second half, blasting a shot from 10 yards out, beating San Jose State goalkeeper Tyler Tratten. Senior Mike Wilson assisted on the score.
Stanford was not done, as Ryan added his second goal of the game, just over three minutes later, to make the score 3-1. On a turnover in front of the Spartans' goal, Fernandez feed Ryan who slipped the shot past Tratten for his second goal of the season.
The Cardinal struck again, one minute later in the 51st minute when Fernandez feed Janusz on a breakaway to push the Cardinal lead to 4-1.
Janusz would cap the scoring in the 80th minute of the game, capitalizing on a Spartan turnover with his second goal of the game and his fifth on the season.
The Cardinal attacked the Spartan defense taking 15 shots compared to 10 for San Jose State. It was in the second half that Stanford turned up the offensive pressure, out shooting the hosts nine to three.
Freshman goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen registered three saves for the Cardinal on the afternoon. The win was Kartunen's second win of the season, moving his record to 2-6-2 on the year.
The Cardinal return to The Farm for its final game of the season versus rival Cal on November 15. The game versus Cal marks the last in a Stanford uniform for seniors Abe Geiger and Mike Wilson. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm (PT) at Maloney Field.
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