Morris helps present Stanford men with Pac-12 soccer win


Junior Jordan Morris continues to deliver for the third-ranked Stanford men's soccer team.

Celebrating his 21st birthday on Monday night, the Cardinal forward scored for the sixth time in his past seven collegiate matches and added an assist on his team's first goal to lead Stanford past visiting San Diego State, 3-1, in a Pac-12 match at Cagan Stadium.

Stanford (12-1-2, 5-0-2 Pac-12) hasn't lost since a season-opening setback at UC Santa Barbara, is unbeaten in 14 straight and has won 12 during that stretch. The Cardinal is also unbeaten in its past 15 conference matches dating to last season, going 10-0-5 over that span.

The Cardinal, in search of back-to-back conference titles, extended its lead at the top of the Pac-12 standings and is now seven points clear of second place with three games left to play.

Stanford, which next hits the road for games at Oregon State (Oct. 30) and No. 17 Washington (Nov. 2), closes out its regular-season schedule on The Farm on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. against Cal.

Stanford started strong. In the 11th minute Eric Verso played it out wide to Morris, who clipped a phenomenal cross to the back post and Tomas Hilliard-Arce. The Stanford sophomore shoveled the ball into the back of the net with the outside of his right boot to give the Cardinal an early lead.

Stanford added another less than six minutes later when Slater Meehan headed it forward to Morris. Morris settled the ball with a deft first touch, cruised forward to the top of the six and beat Adam Allmaras far post. In the 27th, Verso dribbled into the box and served it back to Foster Langsdorf at the top of the 18, who fired home his sixth of the season.

In his last seven appearances for the Cardinal, Morris has six goals, two assists and 14 points. He's scored seven times in 11 matches in 2015 (0.64 goals per game) and by taking the field Friday at Oregon State, will reach the necessary threshold to begin appearing in the national statistics in goals and points per game (appearing in 75 percent of team's games).

Verso added two more assists on Monday night, has at least one in each of Stanford's last five games and 10 total on the year. He's the first Cardinal to reach double digits in assists since both Todd Dunivant (11) and Roger Levesque (13) did so in 2002. With 16 career assists, Verso needs just two more to tie for 10th on Stanford's career list.

Stanford is 7-0-2 at home this season and is 16-1-6 in its past 23 matches at Cagan Stadium.

— Stanford Athletics

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