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Stanford men celebrate another Pac-12 soccer title

 
Corey Baird celebrates his unassisted goal. Photo courtesy of Pac-12 Networks.

Foster Langsdorf scored a goal and recorded a pair of assists as five different players scored in helping the fourth-ranked Stanford men's soccer title beat visiting UCLA, 5-1, to clinch its fourth consecutive Pac-12 Conference title before a sellout Thursday night.

The fifth Pac-12 trophy overall for the Cardinal (2001, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), it was the first time Stanford has clinched outright at home.


Logan Panchot
Stanford (13-2-1, 7-0-1) hosts San Diego State on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in a game to be televised on Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal will honor its six seniors: Corey Baird, Nico Corti, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Foster Langsdorf, Bryce Marion, Drew Skundrich.

It's a group that has produced unprecedented success, amassing a 59-10-12 overall record, 28-3-7 in the Pac-12 and earning four conference championships in addition to a pair of NCAA championships.

"This means a lot," Langsdorf said. "We came out and were very focused. We were in a similar situation last year where a win would have clinched the Pac-12, but we didn't get it done and had to wait. This time we didn't hope it would come to that. We went out and created it."

The game was never close and Langsdorf's first touch resulted in a goal just over seven minutes in. Skundrich had the ball along the sideline and sent his service to the center of the box. Hilliard-Arce headed it to the back post and Langsdorf buried his 11th goal of the season in stride.

"It was wonderful to be at home and it was wonderful to put in a performance like that," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "What an emphatic way to win the conference. The players really did claim a title tonight."

The big momentum swing came in the 31st minute, when Brian Iloski stepped up to take a penalty for UCLA. Iloski ran up to the ball, planted his right foot and unleashed a shot with his left that Corti, who recorded a career-high six saves, parried away.

Six minutes later the Bruins' Kevin Silva saved a Langsdorf header, but Amir Bashti buried the rebound and the Cardinal was up 2-0.

"Nico makes the big save on the penalty and it changes the game," Gunn said. "It seems like every game he comes up with that one big save, sometimes two, that's maintained the situation."

Sam Werner nudged Stanford closer to victory when he slammed home his first goal of the season from 20 yards out in the 52nd minute. Langsdorf and Jared Gilkey cycled the ball to get Werner free in space.

"I've been working on shooting with my right and cutting in in training and was feeling good about it," Werner said. "The second I received that ball I knew I was going to have a look and it came off sweet."

Iloski got a second chance at a penalty and converted in the 63rd minute to make the score 3-1. Logan Panchot scored in the 88th minute goal after Baird fed the freshman at the corner of the six-yard box and Panchot beat Silva to the far post.

Baird put the finishing touches on the victory less than a minute later, dribbling down the left side and curling in his shot at the far post from just outside the top of the 18.

Stanford's 36 goals through 16 games are its most since 2001. Langsdorf's strike to start the scoring was also his 34th career goal, tying Washington's Kevin Forrest for the Pac-12 record.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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