The Stanford men's soccer team turned in a clinical performance to open its season. Foster Langsdorf scored twice, Drew Skundrich and Adam Mosharrafa added goals of their own and the top-ranked Cardinal routed San Jose State 4-0 on Friday night.
"It's great to get the first result straightaway," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "There was a little bit of rustiness in the first five minutes. No matter how well you play in the scrimmages there's a different feel. But once we got through that we settled, scored a fantastic first goal and after that it was just a really good performance."
The rout was on. Stanford won its first season opener since 2012 and had its sixth four-goal performance under Gunn. The Cardinal's offensive output was its best in its first game of the year since a 5-0 thumping of Sacramento State in 2002.
"There's little areas we can improve on, which is to be expected, but I think it showed where we are as a group," Gunn said. "We're in a good spot and now we can really attack getting better and better from that position."
Stanford added another goal in the 27th when Sam Werner blitzed by his defender on the far sideline and crossed to a waiting Langsdorf in the box. Langsdorf punched home his first of the season while falling away. He added another off a corner in the second half for his fourth career brace.
Derek Waldeck laid one out on a free kick for Mosharrafa, who used his right boot to bury the Cardinal's third goal in the 32nd minute.
"Those were some great deliveries," Gunn said. "Derek delivered a perfect ball that led to Adam's fantastic goal and Sam thrusted and took his man on, which is what we want him to do. We want him to get after fullbacks, he did and Foster had a tremendous, off-balance finish and managed to find it."
Nico Corti collected the clean sheet and Stanford extended its shutout streak to 638:29. The Cardinal hasn't allowed a goal in six consecutive matches, its longest stretch since 2000.
"Rather than looking at the scoreboard we want to try and play our best soccer at all times," Gunn added. "Tactics might change a little bit based on the score, but the work rate should always be there and the desire to play well should always be there. What was great for us is that we have options so I think everybody knows if you're not putting the work in somebody else will want to take your spot. That's a great position to be in."
No. 1 Stanford lost its first match of the season, 3-2, at No. 8 Florida on Friday afternoon.
The Cardinal (2-1) took the lead in the 59th minute thanks to Beattie Goad's second career goal, but the Gators (3-0) responded with goals in quick succession to take control.
Stanford outshot the Gators 14-8, including a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal, but could not find an equalizer after Florida's tie-breaking goal in the 81st minute.
Stanford's streak of 10 games unbeaten in nonconference play was snapped, and it was just the second time since Sept. 11, 2005, in which Stanford has conceded three goals.
It was Florida's first win against Stanford in school history. The Cardinal entered the game with a 4-0-1 all-time record against the Gators.
Freshman forward Catarina Macario gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Sacred Heart Prep Tierna Davidson made a driving run toward the box, unloading a powerful effort that the Florida keeper could only parry into the path of Macario. The freshman volleyed home with her first touch, scoring her fourth goal of the season.
After Florida equalized before halftime, Stanford again took the lead through sophomore Goad. Redshirt junior Jaye Boissiere beat her mark in the penalty area, reaching the end line before squaring to Goad, who finished making it 2-1 in the 59th minute. It was the team-leading third assist for Boissiere, who was also dangerous on set piece delivery.
Immediately following Goad's goal, goalkeeper Alison Jahansouz made an excellent save to preserve the lead, diving to her left to save Florida's curled effort.
Midfielder Andi Sullivan made her first start of the season after coming off the bench in both of Stanford's games on the opening weekend.
The Cardinal returns to action next week with its home opener against Georgetown at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Stanford takes on the Hoyas at 4 p.m.