Stanford, Calif. - Steven Sanchez scored a goal in the 52nd minute to tie the match at 1-1, but the Stanford Cardinal got an overtime tally and defeated the San Jose State men's soccer team 2-1 on Wednesday night.
"We played with great heart and competed all game long," said head coach Gary St. Clair. "We easily could have won this game; against a very good and very physical opponent. We didn't get the decision, but I'm very proud of our player's effort."
Stanford (3-2-0) out shot the Spartans 11-to-3 in the first 45 minutes, but only put three of those shots on goal to San Jose State's two and the team's went to the half tied 0-0.
The scoring opened in the 50th minute when Stanford's Adam Jahn took cross from Dersu Abolfathi and knocked it home for a 1-0 lead.
Barely two minutes later, Thomas Barnes drove down the left side turned the corner and played a perfect pass to Sanchez on the far side of the net. Sanchez hammered the ball low to the far post to tie the match 1-1 at the 51:45 mark. It was Sanchez's second goal of the year and his second in as many games.
In the 54th minute, Stanford's Bobby Edwards found himself at the top of the six and fired a shot that keeper Michael Schwinn made a diving save on. It was one of five saves on the night for Schwinn.
The teams ended regulation tied 1-1 and with the Cardinal out shooting San Jose State (1-3-0) 19-to-5.
"We have to be better in the attacking third of the field," says St. Clair, "but that usually starts further back. Our midfield play has to be crisper and we have to play quicker as a team. (Stanford) put a lot of pressure on us in the midfield and on the ball and we weren't able to close the deal."
One minute and two seconds into overtime, Austin Meyer took a shot from 25 yards out to beat Schwinn high to the right post which sent the Spartans to a 2-1 defeat.
Sanchez led the Spartans with two shots and a goal. Barnes picked up his first collegiate point with an assist. Edwards led Stanford with six shots.
Drew Hitchins (3-2-0) earned the win making two saves. Schwinn (1-3-0) was tagged with the loss.
The Spartans next play at Sacramento State on Sunday. Kickoff at Hornet Field is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.