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."
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.