Baird scores twice to help Stanford win Pac-12 soccer match


Stanford sophomore Corey Baird scored his first two goals of the season, Jordan Morris added a tally for the fifth consecutive game and the No. 3 Cardinal tacked another win to its sterling record, this time beating San Diego State 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The win extended Stanford's unbeaten streak to 12 matches, the second-longest stretch in program history. Coupled with Friday's victory at UCLA, it's the first time the Cardinal (11-1-1, 4-0-1 Pac-12) has earned six points on a conference road weekend since 2006 when it defeated both Washington (Oct. 6) and Oregon State (Oct. 8) by 2-0 score lines.

Clemence Couteau
Stanford found itself down early after Jeroen Meefout caught the Cardinal cold scoring on a misplayed clearance in the second minute. Eight minutes later Jordan Morris responded. Brandon Vincent controlled it and slipped it out wide to Corey Baird. Baird clipped a ball in behind to Morris, who coolly slotted it past Adam Allmaras to even the score. From that point on it was all Cardinal.

Morris keeps dominating every time he puts on a Stanford shirt. The junior, who has missed four matches this season due to U.S. Soccer responsibilities, has scored a goal in each of his last five games with the Cardinal. He's already matched a single-season career high with six goals in just nine games in 2015 (0.67 goals per game). As a freshman in 2013 he scored that many in 21 appearances.

Sophomore Corey Baird, who has been one of the best facilitators in the country this season, finally got on the board against San Diego State. He scored his first of the year 45 seconds after assisting Morris. Vincent put a ball through to Morris, who got around his man and pulled the ball back for Baird. Baird buried it from in close near the penalty spot to put Stanford on top, 2-1.

In the 55th, Eric Verso got the ball wide on the right, cut in and slipped it to Ty Thompson. Stanford's senior captain set it back for Baird, who hit it with the inside of his right foot and deposited his chance to the top right corner.

It's the second brace of the season for Stanford and the second of Baird's young career. He also scored two in the Cardinal's 2-2 draw at then-No. 1 UCLA in Westwood last Oct. 30. Fellow sophomore Tomas Hilliard-Arce accounted for a pair of Stanford's goals in its 3-1 victory over San Francisco on Sept. 18 this season.

The win, Stanford's 11th in its past 12 matches, also extended that team's unbeaten streak to 12. The Cardinal has only had one better run in program history, when it went 20 straight without a loss from Oct. 25, 1996 to Oct. 26, 1997.

Stanford, which Friday earned its first win at UCLA, racked up six points on a conference road trip for the first time since 2006. That season, the Cardinal beat both Washington (Oct. 6) and Oregon State (Oct. 8) on the road by 2-0 scores.

The Cardinal has won 11 of its first 13 matches for the first time since 2002 when it went 11-2-0. Stanford hasn't been better than its current 11-1-1 start since it started 2001 12-1-0.

Stanford's 4-0-1 start to league play is its best as a member of the Pac-12, which started men's soccer in 2000. The Cardinal began its final season of MPSF play in 1999 with a 4-0-1 mark.

Field hockey

Goals from four players and a balanced team effort was enough for No. 12 Stanford to defeat Cal 4-0 Sunday afternoon at the Varsity Turf.

The Cardinal (10-5 overall, 2-2 America East) controlled all aspects of play, outshooting the Golden Bears (9-5, 3-1) 14-4 while holding a 5-1 advantage in penalty corners.

"We really came together and played for the team today," Stanford coach Tara Danielson said. "They moved the ball well and played with intensity and confidence. It was a total team effort, and that's what we were looking for today."

Sarah Helgeson opened the scoring in the 18th minute. After inserting a penalty corner into Maddie Secco, Helgeson pounced on the rebound from Jessica Chisholm's shot to make it 1-0.

Katie Keyser doubled Stanford's lead in the 34th minute, scoring her first goal on the season. Twenty five seconds later, Clemence Couteau set up Fran Tew's strike which made it 3-0 before halftime.

Couteau added a goal of her own, her first on the season, in the 57th minute to complete the rout.

Caroline Beaudoin led Stanford in shots with three, while Keyser, Chisholm and Casey Deeds added two apiece. Dulcie Davies made three saves en route to her fifth shutout.

The Cardinal returns to action next week when it plays host to America East rival UC Davis at the Varsity Turf on Friday.

Women's volleyball

Despite a career-high tying 22 kills from freshman Hayley Hodson, sixth-ranked Stanford fell in four set at Colorado (23-25, 25-27, 25-23, 21-25), Sunday at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. The Cardinal dropped to 11-5 overall and to 5-3 in the Pac-12, while the Buffaloes moved to 12-8 and 4-4 in the conference.

Hodson hit .326 to lead the Cardinal while also recording eight digs and five blocks. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Merete Lutz added 15 kills on .323 hitting and four blocks. Senior outside hitter Brittany Howard was the third Cardinal with double-digit kills, finishing with 13.

Senior setter Madi Bugg directed the offense with 53 assists to go with seven digs and two kills. Redshirt sophomore Ivana Vanjak tallied a team-best seven blocks, while senior Jordan Burgess finished with a career high six blocks. Freshman libero Halland McKenna tied for a match-high with 16 digs.

Colorado out hit Stanford .260 to .245 and held a 60 to 44 advantage in the dig column. Both teams recorded 12.0 blocks, but the Cardinal was hurt by 12 service errors.

The Buffaloes were led by Gabby Simpson's 25 kills and 10 digs. Senior Alexis Austin added 17 kills, 12 digs and six blocks for Colorado.

Stanford returns to The Farm next week to begin a four-match homestand against the Washington and Arizona schools. First up, the Cardinal face No. 4 Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.

Men's water polo

Facing its second top-five team in as many days, No. 4 Stanford dropped an 11-7 decision to No. 5 Pacific Sunday afternoon at Chris Kjeldsen Pool in Stockton.

Similar to its game a day earlier with No. 1 UCLA, Stanford (14-6, 0-3 MPSF) traded goals early on with its opponent. The Cardinal got a pair of scores from Adam Abdulhamid, and goals from Jackson Kimbell, Reid Chase and BJ Churnside. Senior Bret Bonanni capped Stanford's first-half scoring with a goal off a long feed from goalie Drew Holland with a second left in the half to tie the game at 6.

Pacific broke the tie with consecutive goals midway through the third quarter and never looked back, recording five of the game's last six goals over the final 20 minutes of play.

Churnside scored off a pass from Bonanni to pull the Cardinal within one goal at 8-7 with 1:02 to play in the third, but the Tigers responded with the final three scores to earn the 11-7 victory.

Holland posted 11 saves in the cage for the Cardinal.

With his team-leading 58th goal of the season on Sunday, Bonanni has 324 for his career and is eight shy of tying Tony Azevedo's (2001-04) Stanford and MPSF scoring record of 332 goals.

Stanford returns to action this Saturday as the Cardinal hosts UC Santa Barbara at 4 p.m. at Avery Aquatic Center. Admission is free.

— Stanford Athletics

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