Senior Courtney Verloo scored on a 25-yard free kick in the second half to give No. 10 Stanford a 1-0 Pac-12 women's soccer victory over Utah on Friday night, ending a three-match losing streak.
Verloo scored her seventh goal of the season in the 67th minute when she struck a right-footed shot from the left of the penalty arc and placed it inside the left post.
"That free kick was sublime," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "It was unbelievable."
Stanford (10-3-1 overall, 3-3 Pac-12) outshot the Utes (7-3-5, 3-2-1) by a count of 22-7 and forced eight saves from goalkeeper Lindsey Luke.
Stanford's Jane Campbell made five, including on a dive to her right to stop a strong shot by Utah's Ashton Hall in the 81st minute.
The victory ended Stanford's longest losing streak since 2006 and seemed to provide a blueprint for the Cardinal in the season ahead.
"We need higher energy and we need to be more aggressive in the attack, and I think tonight you saw that, and it reaped rewards," Ratcliffe said.
The match was the last in a five-match conference-opening homestand for Stanford, which next makes two trips to the Northwest, first to play Oregon on Friday and Oregon State on Sunday.
Sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku recorded 10 kills and eight blocks to lead seventh-ranked Stanford past host Washington State, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21, Friday in a Pac-12 Conference contest.
The Cardinal (6-1 in the Pac-12, 13-3 overall) travels to Seattle to take on No. 6 Washington at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Stanford, which swept an opponent for the 11th time, finished with 12 blocks and a .282 team hitting percentage. Washington State hit .115.
Stanford leads the nation in team blocks and both Ajanaku and Carly Wopat are among the top three among conference leaders in blocks.
Wopat had seven kills, leaving her one shy of the 1,000 mark.
Sophomore Jordan Burgess added nine kills on a .474 attack percentage and tied her season-high with three blocks.
Senior outside hitter Rachel Williams had seven kills and eight digs, while sophomore Brittany Howard posted seven kills, eight digs and three blocks, including the 100th of her career.
Sophomore setter Madi Bugg finished with 29 assists, four digs and three service aces in the win.
Junior libero Kyle Gilbert totaled 10 digs, marking the 14th time this season she has registered double-digit digs.
Fran Tew scored eight minutes into the first overtime period, lifting No. 13 Stanford past No. 14 Wake Forest, 1-0, on Friday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Cardinal (11-3, 3-1 NorPac), which entered the game having lost its only two other overtime contests this year, collected its third straight win and improved to 4-2 against nationally ranked foes.
The Demon Deacons (8-6, 0-4 ACC) lost for the third time in four games.
The contest was evenly-matched, with both teams registering 11 shots apiece and Stanford holding a 7-6 edge in penalty corners.
Dulcie Davies made eight saves to record her third consecutive shutout and seventh on the season - matching her total number of clean-sheets from 2012. Davies' eight saves are the second-most she has made in a game this season.
Stanford used the efforts of David Boote and Cameron Wilson to put itself in the middle of the 15-team pack Friday through the first round of the United States Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Ga.
The Cardinal pair each notched a 3-under 69, while Stanford sat in eight place after its first trek through the 7,017-yard, par-72 Lakeside Course.
Defending champion Georgia Tech exploited perfect scoring conditions at The Golf Club of Georgia and grabbed the first-day lead of by five shots over Oklahoma State.
The host Yellow Jackets compiled a 9-under 279, led by Ollie Schniederjans, whose 6-under 66 shared the individual lead with Virginia's Ben Rusch.
Boote was even heading into the par-5 ninth, and then came away with an eagle on the 540-yard closer. Boote also birdied the par-5, 564-yard 18th.
Wilson had a pair of birdies on both the front and back nine. The lone bogey came on the par-4, 432-yard 14th. Wilson birdied two of the next three to end the day.
Despite rain-softened greens and windless conditions, defending individual champion Patrick Rodgers recovered from a 4-over front nine to close with a bogey-free back half. Rodgers nabbed a 3-over 75 while tying for 38th with Maverick McNealy.
Jim Liu logged a 7-over 79, hindered mostly by a triple bogey on the 12th hole. Liu started the round 1-under through three with the assistance of looper Conrad Ray.
The first-round stroke average was 73.33, with 34 players at par or better.
Stanford's Krista Hardebeck, Ellen Tsay and Kirstie Ahn each reached the third round of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championship being played at Stanford through the weekend.
All three returnees from last year's national championship team won in straight sets.
Lindsey Kostas and Amelia Herring each won first-round matches but were defeated in the second round.
Carol Zhao also reached the third round. She received a first round bye and won her second round match.
Stanford's John Morrissey, Maciek Romanowicz, Daniel Ho and Anthony Tsodikov survived the first day of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional at St. Mary's in Moraga on Friday.
Morrissey, Romanowicz and Ho drew first round byes, and won their second round matches. Tsodikov won two matches on the day.
Trey Strobel and Nolan Paige each lost in the second round, while Yale Goldberg won his first round match and then dropped his second round match.
Menlo School grad Jamin Ball was forced to withdraw from the tournament with an injury. Robert Stineman dropped his first round match.