Bay Area teams make statements

[MEN'S COLLEGE: Friday] Stanford hasn't gone to the NCAA Tournament since 2009 and California hasn't made the postseason since 2010, but they made huge statements on the opening day of the 2013 men's season.

The Cardinal tied No. 1 Maryland, 3-3, while Cal defeated No. 3 Georgetown, the 2012 national runner-up, 2-0.

Stanford led the Terrapins, 2-0 and then 3-2, and had a chance to put the game away in the 86th minute but JJ Koval hit his penalty kick off the crossbar. Maryland responded almost immediately with the equalizer from Jake Pace.

In overtime, Stanford lost Brian Nana-Sinkam to a red card, but goalie Drew Hutchins came up big to preserve the tie.

Zach Batteer led Stanford with two goals -- the second on a run past three Maryland defenders. Preseason All-Americans Patrick Mullins and Schillo Tshuma also scored for Maryland.

(WATCH: Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn's post-game interview and the Cardinal goals.)

In Berkeley, the Hoyas had plenty of possession, but Connor Hallisey scored from distance late in the first half to give the Golden Bears the lead and fifth-year senior Steve Birnbaum added a penalty kick three minutes into the second half.

Hallisey moved through midfield and blasted a shot from 25 yards out to open the scoring in the 41st minute.
“We had possession out of the back,” Hallisey said. “I just moved into a gap. I got the ball and turned, and I had no pressure. I just dribbled at the backline, and they weren’t stepping, so I just decided to take a shot, and it went in.”

The Bears doubled their lead after forward Stefano Bonomo dribbled into the Georgetown box and was taken down for a penalty kick. Birnbaum -- one of three Cal co-captains -- calmly buried the ball in the back of the net for his third career goal.

Upsets ...

-- San Diego State beat its cross-town rival, No. 20 San Diego, 5-0, for the second-largest margin of victory for the Aztecs over the Toreros in the 20-game history of their series. Seniors Kody Duff, Jordan Ongaro, Morgan Sacco, Abraham Villon and freshman Henrik Synnes each scored a goal for the Aztecs.

-- Senior Martin Ontiveros scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 106th minute, to lead Furman to a 4-3 victory over No. 25 Xavier. Freshman Evan De Ycaza had knotted the match at 3-3 in the 86th minute to set up Ontiveros’ overtime heroics.

FRENCH CONNECTION. Senior attacker Goffin Boyoko scored two goals to equal his 2012 output and fellow Frenchman Achille Campion added a third goal as No. 23 UC Santa Barbara jumped out to a 3-0 lead at No. 22 Northwestern after half an hour and went on to beat the Wildcats, 3-1.

Top 25 Showdowns ...

-- No. 15 Coastal Carolina won, 1-0, at No. 12 Wake Forest in a rematch of their 2012 NCAA Tournament match the Chants also won. Matt Risher had the game's only goal late in the first half.

-- No. 5 Creighton beat No. 16 Tulsa, 2-0, before 3,204 fans at Morrison Stadium. Sophomore Timo Pitter had a goal and assist and fellow German Fabian Herbers scored in his college debut.

EMBICK DEBUT. Jared Embick has arguably the toughest job in the country, replacing Caleb Porter as Akron head coach, but he picked up a 2-0 win in the Zips' opener at the College of Charleston. Senior Aodhan Quinn, son of former U.S. international Brian Quinn, finished a beautiful combination play to break a scoreless tie in the 80th minute and freshman Adam Najem's corner kick deflected off a Cougars' defender and into the net for the second goal seven minutes later.

(WATCH: Embick's post-game interview.)

Crowd Count ...

-- No. 14 Louisville knocked off No. 20 Virginia, 2-1, in front of 4,016 spectators at Kloeckner Stadium. Louisville's Ricardo Velazco scored on a beautiful give-and-go, and Scott Thomsen responded with a free kick from 20 yards before the Cardinals broke the tie in the 62nd minute on Jimmy Ockford's header.

-- A record crowd of 3,312 fans at Engelmann Stadium watched Wisconsin-Milwaukee reclaim the Milwaukee Cup with a 2-1 victory over No. 10 Marquette on goals by Declan Rodriguez and Rami Younes.

IU UPDATE. Defending champion Indiana used a pair of unanswered scores from sophomore Femi Hollinger-Janzen and junior Patrick Doody to open the season with a 2-1 win over SMU on the opening night of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington. The No. 2 Hoosiers will play No. 13 UCLA on Saturday. The Bruins and No. 7 Notre Dame played to a 0-0 tie in the first match.
Goalfest ...

James Rogers, Michael Calderon and Niko Hansen each had two goals as No. 9 New Mexico beat Villanova, 7-2.
5 comments about "Bay Area teams make statements".
  1. Jacob Wang, August 31, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.

    What type of statement is it for Stanford to be unable to hold a 2:0 lead on its home field?

  2. Allan Lindh, August 31, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.

    Just shows what a joke the national rankings are. The East Coast mafia stuffs the ballot box, one or two west coast teams in top 20. Complete joke. But like most years, 1 or 2 West Coast teams will end up in final four. If the tournament seedings weren't so badly stacked in favor of East Coast, some years all four teams in Final Four would be from west of Rocky Mtns.

  3. Jeanine Valadez, August 31, 2013 at 9:40 p.m.

    To Mr. Wang: I was at the game. The better question is how could a #2 team not smash an unranked team, anywhere, anytime? Here's how: (First, my answer to your question will come in two parts due to SA's post-length limitation.) PART 1: Md had the better possession in the midfield throughout the game. They are a well-coached team and their patterns of play are well-rehearsed, lots of probing, switching, combinations - albeit a little predictable, ultimately enabling many interceptions by Stanford, nevertheless, more sophisticated than Stanford's. Md's Ambrose, Jane, and Endoh were AWESOME. Kabelik and Shinsky were very good. All-Amer Patrick Mullins underplayed - he was unusually static, unimaginative, and unaggressive. He was ultimately managed by our two young centerbacks (and Mullins was the guy I came to see even though I am a Stanford fan) and Cirovski eventually moved him to the wing. Mullins eventually did score on a set piece - more on set pieces later. The box score calls Stanford's first goal an own goal but this is crap. Kovar rifled a shot off a short hop by side-volleying downwardly as he should; the ball rocketed to the empty lower right corner and the Md defender, standing outside the right post, awkwardly stuck out his rt leg and the ball hit off his shin and caromed into the net more towards center. The Md Keeper would NOT have saved the ball had the deflection not occurred - and even with the deflection, it was still too far right for him to reach it. But what Md lacks (or lacked last night) is a solid defense. They were surprised by Stanford's counter-attacks, and worse was that Md did not adjust to them as the game continued. One of their centerbacks (#2) is a true freshman. He's the guy that stuck out his front leg on our first goal. And while a presence at 6'5", he was too slow for our guys and made many frosh errors. (I actually think he played well for a frosh.) As an aside, Md Coach Cirovski was verbally and physically abusive of this poor kid and at one point, when the young man sent a direct loft to the opposing PA to a forward runner and it came up a little short, Coach berated him loudly with a " Alex! HIT THE BALL LIKE A MAN!!!" At this point, the player was visibly upset and in the ensuing Stanford possession, proceeded to violently take down one of our men (off the ball), for which he was booked. Of course, Coach then proceeded to hammer the kid more. I can assure you that gender-based denigrations don't fly out here on the west coast, so the fans started booing coach every time he stormed out of his TA with his curse words at the refs, his bench, and even at Stanford's coaching staff! (Go to PART 2 below.)

  4. Jeanine Valadez, August 31, 2013 at 9:41 p.m.

    PART 2: Back to my analysis of the game for Mr. Wang: Stanford's second goal came in the run of play, culminating in a beautiful 2v1 against the keeper. We scored a third, but the goal was disallowed because the ref felt the 50-50 hop for the lofty ball, which we won and nodded into goal, was too strong a challenge on the keeper. Both players jumped straight up, our guy's head outjumped the keeper's outstretched hands for the ball, so one could debate this but I always side with safety for the keep, so c'est la vie - goal disallowed. Md then scored, half ended 2-1. Md then equalized in second half, 2-2, then Stanford's Batteer (the real deal) dribbled three Md defenders on a 50-plus yd run and then smoked the keep to achieve a brace; we're up 3-2. We had a chance for a 4th goal at 85:00 but Koval hit his PK off the woodwork - no way he should have taken it...Ty Thompson is the more accurate guy. Wonder who makes the calls on who takes PKs. Md equalizes 3-3. Neither team scores in OT. Where Stanford ultimately lost the win was very obvious: set piece defense. Our two 5'11" CB's, while technically and tactically brilliant, especially for being so young, were NOT able to compete with MD's towering, muscular numbers on set pieces. All three Md goals were on SP's and all three came off their player's heads. They had too many options on SP's and their excellent serves made us pay. There was also a more subtle, delicate error on Stanford's part: I felt Coach Gunn, for whatever reason, made some player substitution mistakes that cost us tangibly: Gunn waited too long to get defender Mattie Taylor into the game- he should have put him in at 70min latest to better squelch the aerial Md SP attack; this also cost us a red card for a frustrated frosh CB Nana-Sinkam, which meant we had to play a man down for the second OT period. Mattie finally came in for the red carded guy (at 99:30) and played great...saves a goal, marks his man. Gunn also waited far too long to take out an exhausted (albeit heroic) Batteer; he had lost his legs by 70min after so many counter attacks. Without his runs, we lost our main threat offensively. If you are going to coach a counter-attack style, you had better make sure you manage the frontrunner subs throughout. Md had several set pieces at the end but we shut them down. It was a roller coaster of a game. In my opinion: 1) this was no fluke (not a case of Md doggin' it, or lucky goals happening), 2) Stanford's got some talent with some things to fix (better possession, more patience, which would make their counter attacks less predictable) and a couple personnel holes (they need a real attacking midfielder and need some height for defensive set pieces), and 3) Md is a great team, but with two key weaknesses (slow and unorganized back four and poor on-field tactical leadership and adaption), both attributes unbecoming of a #2 national ranking).

  5. Jeanine Valadez, August 31, 2013 at 9:46 p.m.

    PART 3: I meant "adaptation" in my last sentence above. :-)

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