Stanford knocks off top-seeded Wake Forest to advance to College Cup

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Stanford got a golden goal from Foster Langsdorf in the 97th minute to knock off top-seeded Wake Forest and advance to the program’s first College Cup since 2002. 

The Cardinal (17-2-2) took the lead in the 18th minute on a goal headed home by USMNT forward Jordan Morris off a cross from standout defender Brandon Vincent. The goal was the 11th of the season for the Seattle Sounders homegrown target.

Playing in front of a home crowd of nearly 5,000 packed into Spry Stadium, the Demon Deacons (17-3-2) finally got a breakthrough in the 70th minute when Hayden Partain was taken down in the box by Ty Thompson. Ian Harkes, a midfielder whose contributions usually don’t show up in the box score, stepped up to the penalty stripe and converted for his first goal of the season.

Scoreless the rest of regulation, Stanford started the first overtime on the front foot and nearly won it just over three minutes in when Vincent was fouled right on the edge of the box. Four-for-four on penalties entering the game, the senior left back stepped to the spot with a chance to win it but his attempt clanged the crossbar and went over the goal to keep the Demon Deacons alive.

Another foul further from the goal would prove fatal three minutes later to bail Vincent out. Corey Baird found the head of Langsdorf with his service and the sophomore Portland Timbers Academy product hit a looping header just over the outstretched hand of Alec Ferrell to stun the crowd.

The win for Stanford was the only victory for a lower seed in the quarterfinals after the home teams had held serve in the first three matches.

The Cardinal will be make their fourth appearance in the College Cup, facing off against Akron on Friday in Kansas City. Stanford lost in the title game in 1998 and 2002 and in the semifinal in 2001.

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