TU Men's Soccer notches huge upset at No. 1 Stanford
Rollie Rocha scored two goals off penalty kicks en route to a 2-0 win for the unranked Tulsa men’s soccer team over #1 Stanford on Saturday night at the Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at Maloney Field in Stanford, Calif.
“I think first and foremost the guys played very well and did their jobs,” Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. “Their mindset and concentration were good. We certainly did things to upset Stanford. We combined well, we were pretty composed in possession and we put them on their heels a little bit. We also defended crosses exceptionally well. They put a lot of balls in the box and the whole back line defended it very well. The guys were tremendous. They deserve all the credit. They were locked in mentally, our fitness level is tremendous and to get two wins on this trip was great. We need to enjoy it tonight, but continue to get better and grow as a team.”
This was TU’s second win over a top-ranked opponent in school history for the men’s program, which also came against Stanford in the 2002 season. The Golden Hurricane picked up a 3-1 win at Stanford in 2002 and currently has a 3-0-1 lead in the all-time series with the Cardinal.
Rocha’s first PK was scored at the 31:40 mark, while his second score was in the 58th minute. He now has three goals on the season, the most for a TU men’s player.
Stanford had a 23-11 lead in shots, including a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal, and a 10-2 lead in corner kicks.
Rocha had a team-best three shots, while Juan Sanchez added two attempts and six others had one shot. Marcel Da Silva played all 90 minutes in goal and picked up six saves for the first shutout this season.
Tulsa will return to action on Friday, September 15 against Brown. Game time is set for 7:00 pm at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium.
Tulsa 1 1 - 2
Stanford 0 0 - 0
Rollie Rocha (Tulsa) at 31:40 (penalty kick)
Rollie Rocha (Tulsa) at 57:27 (penalty kick)
Marcel Da Silva (Tulsa) – 6
Nico Corti (Stanford) – 0