STANFORD, Calif. – Facing the defending national champion and preseason No. 1 team in the country after just three days of practice, Sacramento State held Stanford to just one goal in the second half but the Cardinal scored three times in a six minute stretch in the first half in a 5-0 exhibition win.
Senior Philip Bru made three saves in the first half, including a diving denial on the first shot he faced in the opening minute. He had another strong save on a shot in the third minute and the Hornets had a pair of shots in the opening11 minutes.
After Stanford took the lead with a goal in the 15th minute, the Hornets nearly had an equalizer. A corner kick taken by junior Cylus Sandoval in the 24th minute found sophomore Brad Bumgarner for an open look in front of the goal but his shot missed just wide.
The score remained 1-0 into the 27th minute before Stanford scored three times over a six minute stretch to extend to a 4-0 lead at halftime.
The Hornets had a strong scoring chance early in the second half when freshman Abraham Rosales sent a free kick that had to be pushed over the crossbar by Stanford goalkeeper Nico Corti.
Sacramento State's best scoring chance came in the 78th minute when Corti fouled Sandoval in the box and the Hornets were awarded a penalty kick. Corti denied Sandoval's PK on a dive to his left and also stopped a rebounded attempt.
The Cardinal had just a 5-3 edge in shots in the second half and had just one score in the 73rd minute. Stanford had a 15-6 overall shot advantage and was 10-3 in shots on goal for the game.
Bru finished the night with five saves. Sacramento State used 21 players in the contest with all playing at least 12 minutes.
Sacramento State has one more exhibition game back in the south bay next Saturday facing Santa Clara at 7:30 p.m.