Sept. 9, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. -
Behind two goals within the first 14 minutes of the game, the Stanford men's soccer team cruised to its first victory of the 2007 season, blanking the Penn Quakers, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Freshman Bobby Warshaw (Mechanicsburg, PA) scored his first collegiate goal Sunday while Scott Bolkan (Salem, OR) added his second of the year to cap the Cardinal scoring. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen (San Juan Capistrano, CA) made five saves in the contest to preserve his first shutout of the season.
The Cardinal will once again split its games on the road and at home next weekend, heading south to take on local rival No. 3 Santa Clara on Friday at 7 p.m. before returning home to host the San Francisco Dons Sunday night at 7 p.m.
Stanford got Sunday's contest off to a roaring start, as an early rush in the fourth minute saw senior forward Dan Shapiro (New Haven, CT) almost get one by Quakers keeper Drew Healy. But just a minute and a half later, the Cardinal broke through, as Penn's clearance attempt of a Stanford corner kick went right to Warshaw, who deposited a blast from the top of the box past Healy and into the top corner of the net for the match's opening score.
The Cardinal continued to apply pressure, and eight minutes later the effort paid off. Healy's save on a shot from Brant Bishop (Parkville, MO) went out past the goal line, giving Stanford a corner kick, which Michael Strickland (Davis, CA) placed perfectly into the box for Bolkan to cleanly head off the bottom of the crossbar and past the line for the 2-0 lead.
At this point, the Stanford defense took over, putting on a clinic as the back line allowed the Quakers only one shot over the first 45 minutes.
Stanford had more chances to pad its lead in the second half, but bad luck and some good net play from Healy prevented them from finding the back of the net. Strickland got a shot off in the 51st minute that beat Healy but richocheted off of the far post, and shots by Warshaw, Bishop, and a header from Tom Montgomery (Bakersfield, CA) were all thwarted by point-blank saves from Healy.
Despite Penn having the edge in second-half shots by a 9-7 margin, Kartunen and the Cardinal defense refused to yield, denying the Quakers any major chances and preserving the team's first shutout of 2007.