In the first match of a two-game road trip, No. 10-ranked Stanford (6-2-3, 3-1-0 Pac-12) was shutout by Oregon State (6-4-2, 2-2-0) and fell 1-0. Stanford had never lost to Oregon State under head coach Jeremy Gunn.
The lone goal came in the 23rd minute when the Beavers’ midfielder Sofiane Djeffal found forward Amanda Gloire in the box, who was able to slot the ball past freshman goalkeeper Andrew Thomas.
Despite starting the same eleven that beat Cal last Sunday, the Cardinal could not get off to the same fast start, as Oregon State dominated the opening minutes. Before Stanford took its first shot, Gloire had taken three for the Beavers, including one that found the back of the net for his fifth goal of the year. He would add two more shots before the end of regulation.
Otherwise, the game was evenly matched. While the Cardinal had a two-shot advantage, goalkeeper Adrian Fernandez was brilliant for the Beavers, saving all six shots he faced, and that proved to be the difference. The clean sheet was threatened in the 89th minute, when Cardinal sophomore midfielder Logan Panchot, looking to tie the game, ripped a shot towards goal. However, Fernandez passed the test, diving to his right to make an incredible save.
An inspired performance by Oregon State ended their two game losing streak. The Beavers survived on willpower alone during a game in which they only made one substitution. Seven of the 12 players to make an appearance for Oregon State in this game were freshmen, which is not uncommon for a team with 15 freshmen on its roster.
Stanford was shut out for the fourth time this season after only being held scoreless three times all of last year. Sophomore forward Arda Bulut was cautioned in the 38th minute. Oregon State was shown two yellow cards with the Cardinal pressing for a goal in the final ten minutes of play.
After snapping their fourteen game Pac-12 unbeaten streak, the Cardinal will be on the road again Sunday to take on Washington.
Contact Daniel Martinez-Krams at danielmk ‘at’ stanford.edu.