The win upped Stanford’s overall record to 8-6-3 overall and 2-5-2 in Pac-12 play. The Cardinal closes the 2013 regular season Wednesday night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium with a Senior Night match at 7 p.m. against No. 4 California.
“We kept going after them. We kept building, playing in their half, we were the aggressors the whole game and we really deserved the victory,” said Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn. “Dogged determination kept us going. I’m very proud of the way this team performed today in tough conditions.”
It was a match in which the Cardinal stayed on top of the Beavers over the 91 minutes of action, outshooting them 17-8 and earning 12 corners to just three. Vincent scored his first collegiate goal, and the winner to boot, when a Cardinal corner kick rattled around the box and he latched on and blasted home straight-on from 10 yards out.
Defensively, Cardinal goalkeeper Drew Hutchins made a pair of saves to post his fourth clean sheet of the season. On the other end, the Cardinal attack forced Beaver goalie Matt Bersano into seven saves.
“There’s not a better feeling than winning on the road and getting the result,” Gunn said. “It was a special day for the team. We played a very tough game where Oregon State kept battling and battling, so it was really impressive that our team carried on looking for the winning goal.”
Both goalkeepers were forced into action in the opening three minutes, but from there it was nearly all Cardinal during the first half. JJ Koval forced a fine save out of Bersano which earned the Cardinal a corner kick in the 18th minute, a corner from which Jordan Morris fired on frame only to be denied by Bersano. Koval and Zach Batteer would test Bersano later in the half as Stanford outshot Oregon State 10-3 over the opening 45 minutes.
Bersano again provided heroics for the Beavers in the 54th minute, denying Matt Taylor. Stanford continued to push forward, earning five corner kicks over a span of six minutes, but could not find an answer past Bersano.
Oregon State created some chances just past the 80th minute, but Hutchins was equal to Zach Striar’s attempt and shots from Devonte Small and Mike Reckmeyer both went wide.
While regulation would finish in a scoreless draw, the Cardinal pushed ahead at the start of the first session of extra time and were rewarded with a corner kick. Austin Meyer’s corner swung into the box, where it was batted about until landing at the feet of Vincent, who lashed home to seal the three away points for the Cardinal and keep its NCAA Tournament hopes flickering brightly.
“We’ve been right in the hunt all year long and we’ve had a tough go of it in conference, putting in tremendous performances but not always rewarded by the result,” Gunn said about the Cardinal’s results this season. “ But this team has an incredible spirit, incredible drive and has been playing great soccer throughout the year. We have a great opportunity Wednesday playing at home against Cal, celebrating Senior Night for three tremendous young men. We’re confident, excited and looking forward to it.”