Senior forward Courtney Verloo scored twice, including the winner in the 82nd minute, to lift No. 8 Stanford to a 2-1 victory over Oregon in Pac-12 Conference women's soccer Friday.
Stanford (11-3-1 overall, 4-3 Pac-12) first scored on Verloo's penalty kick in the 36th only for Oregon (3-9-3, 1-5-1) to tie the score on a header by Kristen Parr in the in 71st minute.
Verloo, a native of Tualatin, Ore., has nine goals this season, one short of her career high from last season.
"Courtney is having an incredible year," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "Tonight was a homecoming for her, so it was very special."
The goal sequence began when freshman central defender Maddie Bauer gained possession in the defensive half and made a deep run into the Oregon defense before passing wide to Natalie Griffen.
The outside back sent a cross from the right that was headed by Chioma Ugogagu to Verloo, who trapped it with her chest and shot from seven yards as her shorts were being pulled by a defender.
Verloo's first goal was set up when Alex Doll drew a foul in the penalty area. She slipped on her follow through, but her hard shot found the net inside the left post. It was Verloo's sixth set-piece goal of the season. Early in the match, she had a shot that missed wide by inches.
Stanford earned its 24th consecutive conference road victory and increased its lead in the series to 16-0-1. The Cardinal next plays at Oregon State on Sunday (11 a.m.) and will return to the Northwest next week to play Washington and Washington State.
"We've got to build the momentum from tonight," Ratcliffe said. "We've got to start with high energy and compete hard."
Stanford put together a balanced performance on the first day of the Stanford Intercollegiate, hosted by Condoleezza Rice, as five golfers shot a 1-over or better Friday on the Stanford Golf Course.
"I am really pleased with the way we played today, shooting under par on a tough golf course,"Stanford coach Anne Walker said. "USC is a terrific team that went low today but we are the type of team that can have that kind of a day tomorrow."
Four Cardinal golfers combined to shoot a 1-under through the first 18 holes to place them in a tie for third overall with Oregon.
Stanford sits just one shot back of second-place Washington and trails the day-one leader, USC, by seven strokes.
"For me, what stands out is there wasn't a team in the field that had five better scores than we had across the board, and I am very happy about that," said Walker.
Mariah Stackhouse had the strongest day for the Cardinal. She put together four birdies to finish with a 3-under 68 on the day.
Her 3-under has her tied for second individually with Washington's Charlotte Thomas. The two golfers are two shots off of the leader, Sophia Popov of USC, who shot a 5-under 66 to start things off.
"It was pretty typical Mariah," said Walker. "She has been really focused this week and has prepared well. She knows this golf course. Today she didn't do anything fancy, but she knew what she was doing. She kept it inside the lines so that she could have a shot at the championship on Sunday."
Lauren Kim was even on the day with her 71 and tied for 16th overall. Three Cardinal golfers shot a 1-over 72 as Quirine Eijkenboom, Marissa Mar and Mariko Tumangan are all tied for 22nd.
Mar's performance came as an individual while the other two rounded out the team scoring for Stanford. Eijkenboom's day included five birdies.
The top hole on the day for the Cardinal group came on the 473-yard par-five 12th, where Casey Danielson posted an eagle. It was one of three eagles on the first day of the tournament.
Saturday's action will begin at 8:30 a.m.
No. 6 Stanford beat visiting Oregon State, 25-14, 25-15, 25-19, in a Pac-12 Conference match Friday.
The Cardinal (8-2 in the Pac-12, 15-4 overall) improved to 57-0 all-time against the Beavers and will finish the first half of conference play no worse than a second-place tie. Co-leaders USC and Washington, each with one loss, play Sunday.
Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Burgess recorded 10 kills and hit .364 as Stanford extended its home winning streak to 24 matches, dating to the start of the 2012 season.
Sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku totaled eight kills on 10 errorless swings to hit .800, while sophomore outside hitter Brittany Howard finished with eight kills on nine attempts with no errors (.889).
Redshirt junior Lydia Bai registered a season-best six kills, all in the second set.
Sophomore setter Madi Bug finished with 33 assists and eight digs for the Cardinal, while junior libero Kyle Gilbert notched a match-high 13 digs.
Freshman setter Kelsey Humphreys played in two sets, racking up nine assists and two digs.
Sophomore middle blocker Megan McGehee made her second start of the season, totaling five kills and two blocks, while junior opposite Morgan Boukather made her first start of the year and recorded a season-high three blocks.
Hope Burke scored her team-leading eighth goal of the year to lift No. 11 Stanford past Michigan, 2-1, Friday.
Fran Tew tied the game for the Cardinal (12-4) midway through the first half with an unassisted goal.
Stanford, which owned advantages in shots (15-5) and penalty corners (8-1), turned up the pressure in the second half to hold off the Wolverines.
Burke's goal came in the 56th minute when she redirected a loose ball inside the circle following a corner.
Michigan (9-7) remained within striking distance mainly thanks to keeper Haley Jones' eight saves.
Jones made three saves in the first three minutes to keep Stanford, which took four shots during that span, at bay.
Michigan scored less than 30 seconds later.
Despite the early deficit, the Cardinal continued to pressure the Wolverines until Tew broke through in the 18th minute with her fourth goal of the year.
Positioned at the center of the cage about five yards out, the ball fell to Tew's backhand after the initial shot attempt on a penalty corner was blocked. She fired a one-timer into the back of the cage.
Tew also played a role on the second goal, as she created the penalty corner opportunity that resulted in the Cardinal's score.
Tew received a pass at the top of the circle and weaved through two defenders before the referee whistled for a penalty corner.
Jessica Chisholm took the initial shot on a set play off the corner, a rocket that was saved by a diving Michigan goalkeeper.
Jones tried to clear the ball but instead passed it directly to Burke who took advantage of the open net.
The Cardinal hosts Pacific on Monday at 7 p.m. in match that will include a pregame senior tribute.