Men’s soccer battles Stanford at home

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SMU forward Mauro Cichero battles Stanford senior Ty Thompson for the ball Photo credit: SMU Athletics

The SMU men’s soccer team battled No. 13 Stanford on Sunday night at Westcott Field, losing the double overtime thriller 3-2.

The Mustangs got off to a timid start, giving up a penalty kick goal to Stanford senior Brandon Vincent in the 10th minute. They played hard the rest of the half but remained down 1-0 at halftime.

The Cardinals got off to an even faster start in the second half when junior forward Jordan Morris scored on a cross from redshirt senior Eric Verso in the 46th minute.

SMU did not give up despite being down 2-0 to the No. 13 team in the nation. Freshman Christian Boorom scored his first career goal in the 61st minute on a cross from redshirt junior Brenden Lee.

Then, in the 87th minute, sophomore Mauro Cichero scored on a perfectly placed 25 yard free kick, making it 2-2 and sending the game into overtime.

The first of two 10-minute extra time halves did not settle the match. The golden goal finally came in the 108th minute when Cardinal midfielder Eric Verso scored past SMU goalkeeper Michael Nelson.

Stanford had 16 shots to SMU’s 7 but had just 5 shots on goal. The Cardinals improved to 5-1 on the season and the Mustangs fell to 2-2-2.

SMU has two more home matches this week, hosting Houston Baptist on Thursday and UC Irvine on Sunday. Both games will be played at Westcott Field at 7 p.m. CT.

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