Tomas Hilliard-Arce celebrated the final weekend of vacation with a pair of goal and the fourth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team defeated visiting USF, 3-1, in a nonconference game on Friday night.
Stanford (6-1) hosts Davidson at noon Sunday. Classes start Monday.
The Cardinal is undefeated in four home matches and has not lost a regular season home game in nearly two years.
Hilliard-Arce's first strike came in midway through the first half, off a cross from senior Ty Thompson, who received the ball off a broken corner kick. Thompson dribbled down the opposite sideline and sent the ball into the box, with Hilliard-Arce depositing it in the left corner of the net.
Hilliard-Arce scored again 15 minutes later, with Corey Baird sending a looping corner kick into the box, where Hilliard-Arce found himself virtually unmarked.
The Cardinal conceded a goal to David Garrett early in the second half, ending the team's home shutout streak at 316:44.
Junior Jordan Morris provided some insurance not long thereafter. Off another beautifully placed corner kick from Baird, Morris corralled the ball and struck quickly, finding the right corner of the net in the 59th minute to keep the Cardinal out of striking distance. It would've been Morris' second goal of the game as well if not for an offside penalty late in the first half.
"He finished chances wonderfully tonight," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said of Hilliard-Arce. "We've been looking dangerous on set-pieces: Brian (Nina-Sinkam) has looked dangerous, Tomas has looked dangerous. It's really good to see center-backs get in on the score sheet because it really helps in any game you play.
Baird continued an impressive streak of assists, adding two more against the Dons and extending his streak of games with at least one assist to four. The last time a Stanford player recorded an assist in four consecutive games was Roger Levesque in the first four games of the 2002 season.
An all-Freshman First Team selection last year, Baird now has five assists through seven games, exceeding his total from last year (4). Both of his helpers came off corner kicks, a category in which the Cardinal easily outpaced USF, 12-3.
"You talk all sorts of tactics on set-pieces, but it's quite simply good delivery and people trying to get on the end of it, and that's what we succeeded in," Gunn said. "Good, quality deliveries by Corey; not only did we score off of them, but we looked like scoring off more of them. We really put them under pressure every time we were able to put balls in the box."
No. 8 Stanford hit .322 and swept No. 24 Pacific, 25-22, 25-18, 25-20, on Friday in Maples Pavilion.
Freshman opposite Hayley Hodson led the Cardinal offensively, posting 14 kills on .333 hitting to go with five digs, two blocks and an ace. Senior outside hitter Brittany Howard added nine kills on .364 hitting and three blocks.
Defensively, Stanford was led by redshirt sophomore middle blockers Merete Lutz and Ivana Vanjak, who registered seven and six blocks, respectively. Freshman libero Halland McKenna finished with a team-high 10 digs and a career-best six assists.
Senior setter Madi Bugg guided the offense with 27 assists. She also notched nine digs and two blocks. Senior outside hitter Jordan Burgess totaled four kills, six digs and three blocks.
Palo Alto High grad Kimmy Whitson had 31 assists for Pacific with five kills, four digs and .444 hitting.
No. 6 Stanford held a 1-0 lead for nearly the entire game, but was undone by a late equalizer and overtime goal by California, falling to the Golden Bears, 2-1, Friday in the America East Conference opener for both teams.
With just over four minutes remaining in the first period of extra time, the Golden Bears (5-3, 1-0 America East) put one home to complete their comeback. The loss is the first for Stanford (6-2, 0-1 America East) since the opening-day loss against Syracuse, also a 2-1 decision in the first period of overtime.
The Cardinal claimed an early lead in the 16th minute when Jessica Chisholm scored her third goal of the season on of a penalty corner set play. Maddie Secco received a Sarah Helgeson insertion and laid it off to Chisholm, whose powerful shot found the back of the net.
In the 67th minute, California struck back with a Mara Gutierrez goal. Sydney Earle sealed the victory for the Golden Bears when she redirected a Paula Seibt pass past Dulcie Davies for the game-winner.