Local athlete gives Stanford men an assist in soccer win


Palo Alto native and Menlo Park resident Marc Joshua was one of five freshmen to start for the Stanford men's soccer team Friday. He wasted little time in getting, recording an assist on Drew Skundrich's 11th-minute goal, the only score of the nonconference game against visiting USF.

"I'm happy with the desire of the team – I don't think we played our best soccer tonight, but we managed another shutout and now we're excited to play again on Sunday," said sixth-year head coach Jeremy Gunn, who made several changes to his starting XI for Friday. "We've had a lot of games in a short period of time so we wanted to reward some different players who have been looking really sharp."

Drew Skundrich

Marc Joshua
In addition to Joshua, other starting freshmen for Stanford (5-1) included Jack O'Brien, Logan Panchot, Charlie Wehan and Arda Bulut. Skundrich's second goal of the year was the only tally of the game, with O'Brien and Joshua picking up their first career assists.

After the Dons (1-6-0) cleared a Cardinal chance, Joshua played a second ball in, flicked on by O'Brien at the top of the box. Skundrich ran onto O'Brien's ball, chipping the keeper at the near post and giving Stanford the early lead.

"They young guys helped us get the result tonight because we won the game in the first 25 minutes, and that was when we played our best soccer," added Gunn. "They connected well on the goal and it's exciting for them, and it means a little bit more competition for playing time, which is great."

Nico Corti earned his fourth shutout of the season, making three saves including one at point-blank range in the 72nd minute to preserve the advantage.

Joshua grew up playing for Redwood City's Juventus Sport Club and graduated from International High in San Francisco.

— Stanford Athletics

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Posted by old club coach
a resident of Portola Valley
on Sep 17, 2017 at 10:55 am

Way to go Marc. I know you have worked hard for many years and it is nice to see you playing with success in college. You were always an awesome person and talented player.

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