Cardinal uses advantage to win fifth straight

[STANFORD-DELAWARE: Men] Eric Verso scored his third goal of the season after taking a pass with the flick of the heel by Jordan Morris, and former U.S. U-17 Corey Baird scored his first career goal for the game-winner as No. 11 Stanford edged No. 21 Delaware, 2-1, at Cagan Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
 
Stanford, which has won five in a row to improve to 5-1-0 overall, played with a man advantage after Thibault Philippe was issued a red card for a tackle from behind on midfielder Ty Thompson.

“What wins us the game is Ty Thompson getting a great step in, working hard defensively, winning the ball and getting brought down,” Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. “That completely changes the game. We didn’t score off the free kick, but once we were a man up we really took the initiative. I was impressed with the way we then got settled and started to dominate possession of the ball.”

Verso put Stanford up in the 55th minute, but Delaware responded shortly thereafter when Jaime Martinez chipped one over the defense to a racing Ben Asante, who scored from a tight angle.
 
“We were thoroughly deserving of going a goal up, but then they score a good return goal,” Gunn added. “It was a quick free quick, but the player  got sent on such a tight line, I thought we had done enough to force him wide. It’s a tremendous finish from that angle and we’re back into a fight.”
 
Baird put the Cardinal back ahead in the 66th minute. Morris controlled the ball in front of the box and found the freshman, who drove right at Delaware keeper Borja Barbero and chipped it over from just inside the six-yard box for his first career goal.
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