College Men: Langsdorf does it again for Stanford

Jordan Morris led Stanford to its first NCAA Division I men's title in 2015. Foster Langsdorf is doing a good job of getting the Cardinal within striking distance of a second championship.

The  Pac-12 Co-Player of the Year scored his seventh winner of the season in the second overtime to give No. 5 seed Stanford a 1-0 win over No. 16 Virginia -- the 2014 national champion -- in Sunday's third round.
The Cardinal will face the Cardinals -- Stanford at No. 4 seed Louisville -- on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
“It was an incredible game with two ultra-competitive teams that went back-and-forth,” Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn said. “In these tight ones, it’s all about executing on chances. Soccer’s that tight game that is always going to be very nip and tuck. We put a great one in there, our guy challenges and wins the ball and with that we buried it.”
In the 106th minute, Adam Mosharrafa lofted a free kick to the far post, where Tomas Hilliard-Arce headed it back in front of goal to Langsdorf, who buried it with a diving header for his 14th goal of the season, the most for a Cardinal player since Roger Levesque in 2001.

Both teams hit the woodwork earlier in the game. Guatemalan Pablo Aguilar, whose golden goal won the Cavaliers' second round game against Vermont, hit the crossbar from 30 yards in the 57th minute. In the first minute of overtime, Drew Skundrich's header hit the inside of the post, but Stanford had better luck 15 minutes later.

Nov. 27 in Stanford, Calif.
Stanford 1 Virginia 0. Goal: Langsdorf (Mosharrafa, Hilliard-Arce) 106.
Stanford -- Epstein, Beason, Hilliard-Arce,  Marion, Nana-Sinkam, Baird, Skundrich, Gilbey, Mosharrafa, Waldeck, Langsdorf. Subs: Bashti, Alabi, Werner.
Virginia -- Caldwell, Nus, Odusote, Aguilar, Wade, Corriveau, Opoku, Foss, Koffi, Lowe, Sullivan. Sub: Salandy-Defour.
Att.: 1,185.

4 comments about "College Men: Langsdorf does it again for Stanford".
  1. Rich V, November 28, 2016 at 9:43 a.m.

    You left out the part where Hilliard-Arce smashed the UVA keeper on the cross, which was the only reason the ball was free in the box for the score. Shocking no-call on the foul gave Stanford the game. Stanford deserved the win as they outplayed UVA for most of the game, but that was an awful way to end it.

  2. Vince Leone replied, November 28, 2016 at 12:26 p.m.

    Rich V: Here's the video:
    You will see that both players jump vertically, but Hilliard-Arce (Stanford) gets there first and has position on the ball. No foul.

  3. Rich V, November 28, 2016 at 1:54 p.m.

    Sorry, Vince, but from the other angle (1:35 mark), you can clearly see that the Stanford player does not jump vertically. He starts a run from the top of the box, and jumps right into the Virginia keeper. The keeper is waiting practically stationary for the ball, and getting plowed is the only way that a field player is going to out jump him in that situation.

  4. Bruce McAuley, November 28, 2016 at 10:57 p.m.

    I think that the call could go either way. After viewing both videos and multiple views, it is easy to see how the ref could let this go. Both players are going up for the ball. The keeper made an error in not trying to punch this ball knowing that a tall defender was coming in to head the free kick.

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