CHESTER, Pa. – Sam Werner scored a goal from the left side to the far post, deflecting off the goalkeeper’s hand in Stanford’s 2-0 win over No. 4 Akron in the NCAA men’s soccer College cup semifinal on Friday.
Werner, a redshirt junior who played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Bozeman High School before attending Lake Oswego, Ore., clinched the win for the Cardinal with his left-footed goal, a perfect attack that sailed into the high corner of the right post. Werner earned all-Pac-12 second-team honors this season and is an all-Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention selection each of the past two seasons.
Werner has played in 61 games over the past three seasons for Stanford (18-2-2), which has won the past two NCAA College Cups. Werner scored two goals and added five assists for nine total points during the regular season. He added a goal in Stanford’s 2-0 quarterfinal win over No. 1 Wake Forest, scoring on a rebound against the Deamon Deacons.
Stanford faces No. 2 Indiana on Sunday in the College Cup final. The Cardinal and Hoosiers are slated to meet at 11 a.m. MST in a game that will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The Stanford women recently captured the program’s second NCAA championship, with Bozeman’s Averie Collins a junior in the program.
Werner’s goal and complete highlights from Stanford’s win over Akron can be found below. The video is courtesy Stanford athletics.