Sept. 26, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford men's soccer completed an impressive weekend that has its season back on track heading into Pac-12 play. The Cardinal defeated Harvard and Vermont as part of the Stanford Nike Classic to improve to 3-4-1.
On Friday, Stanford knocked off Harvard, 1-0, in front of a raucous crowd at Cagan Stadium. Adam Jahn won a contested header off a restart to score the game's only goal. Erica Anderson sent the free kick into the box and was rewarded with his team-leading third assist of the season. Jason Dodson got the start in goal and recorded his third shutout of the season and fourth of his career. The game was tense throughout and the 1,799 fans in attendance were treated to a great game and a Cardinal victory.
On Sunday, the Cardinal welcomed Vermont, the alma mater of assistant coach Gregg Olson. Stanford jumped on top in the sixth minute when central defender Hunter Gorskie volleyed home the first goal of his career. Gorskie was in an attacking role off a corner kick and was in the right place at the right time to slam home a rebound from Adam Jahn. Vermont responded with a goal to make it 1-1 heading into the half, but Stanford came out in the second half and reclaimed the lead. Garrett Gunther played a perfect ball to Dersu Abolfathi who finished one of the prettiest goals of the year. Stanford hung on for the 2-1 win to finish 2-0 in a make-or-break weekend.
The Vermont game concluded non-conference play as the Cardinal now prepares to enter Pac-12 play. Stanford begins on the road for the always-difficult trip to Southern California. The Cardinal will take on San Diego State on Friday and No. 18 UCLA on Sunday.