Oct. 12, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - Will Flanagan's first goal of the season just before halftime at the 42:22 mark gave No. 8 Washington (8-1-2, 2-1-1 Pac-10) a 1-0 victory over Stanford (2-8-2, 0-3-0 Pac-10) in a Pac-10 game Sunday afternoon at Maloney Field. Washington snapped a two-game winless streak overall and a five-game losing streak versus the Cardinal dating back to the 2000 season, while Stanford dropped its third conference game in a row and has won just once in its last 11 games (1-8-2).
Stanford's Robby Fulton did move into the top spot on Stanford's all-time goals against average list during the game by surpassing the minimum career total of 2500 minutes needed to qualify. Fulton has a lifetime 0.52 GAA, allowing just 15 goals in 2573:29 minutes.
On the only goal of the game, Flanagan took a pass from Evan Cummings after a short corner kick by Jeff Hoover had started the sequence. Flanagan then dribbled near the top of the penalty box and took a shot that rolled through several players on both teams before finding its away into the lower left-hand corner of the net. Fulton appeared to have his vision shielded on the play.
The Huskies nearly added another goal just before the break but a shot by Casey Armstrong at 44:45 hit off the crossbar.
Stanford had a couple of opportunities to tie the contest late in the game but a shot by James Twellman at 87:07 sailed high and Marcus Ryan's header at 88:32 after a Cardinal corner kick was saved by Washington goalkeeper Danny Waltman. Twellman also nearly scored at 65:36 but Waltman dived to save his shot on the left post.
Twellman and Ryan both had a game-high-tying three shot attempts.
Waltman improved to 8-1-2 on the season, picking up four saves. Fulton (1-4-0) recorded three saves and took the loss.
Stanford outshot Washington 14-8, including an 8-3 advantage in the second half, to mark only the third time this season that the Cardinal has outshot its opponent.
"I'm pleased that our team came out with a great effort, enthusiasm and team spirit today after a discouraging loss against Oregon State on Friday," said Stanford head coach Bret Simon
. "With all that said, you would think we would have been rewarded, but the game is sometimes cruel in that goals don't always happen as a result of chances."
Washington held a slim 6-4 advantage in corner kicks and committed 18 fouls to 12 for Stanford.
The Huskies' victory broke the tie in its all-time series versus Stanford as Washington now leads 15-14-0.
The shutout marked the fifth time Stanford has been shutout this season and the second in a row. The Cardinal has managed just 10 goals through its first 12 games and has picked up more than one goal only once. The team's 0-3-0 start in the Pac-10 marks the first time the team has lost its first three conference games since the 1995 squad began with an 0-4-0 record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Stanford continues Pac-10 action at Fresno State next Friday, October 17 (7 pm, PT) and at No. 1 UCLA on Sunday, October 19 (1 pm, PT). The UCLA game will be televised by College Sports Television Network and shown on a tape-delayed basis Monday, October 20 (7 pm, PT), marking Stanford's first television appearance of the season.