Uploaded: Friday, September 7, 2012, 10:02 PM
Updated: Saturday, September 8, 2012, 2:24 PM
Late goal lifts Stanford women past Terriers, 1-0
|Alina Garciamendez had one last chance and made the most of it, coming out of seemingly nowhere to score with less than 90 seconds remaining to play, lifting the fifth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over visiting Boston University on Friday night as part of the Stanford Invitational.
The Cardinal (3-1-1) hosts Georgetown at noon Sunday.
Despite being outshot 26-6 by Stanford and not recording a shot on goal, BU kept the 2011 national champion off the scoreboard until the final minutes of the match.
Terriers' goalkeeper Andrea Green finished the game with eight saves, two in the first 10 minutes and one spectacular save in the 85th minute.
Stanford had begun assaulting the goal not long after senior outside back Rachel Quon moved into the midfield, and then crept up to forward for perhaps the first time in her collegiate career.
With Quon acting as the aggressor and knifing toward the goal at will, the Boston defense lost just enough of its footing for cracks to open.
Haley Rosen got through to unleash a hard shot that Green saved with a dive to her left with five minutes remaining.
"It was the last five minutes of the game," Garciamendez said. "We needed a goal. We didn't want to go into overtime."
She took a pass from Hannah Farr, moved forward with a quick touch, and fired a 20-yard shot that skipped inside the right post.
"I just told myself, `Don't fly it. Don't hit it over the goal, just hit it on the ground.'" She said. "I was trying just trying to get it on frame. Shoot it as hard as I could on frame, because this far out, I don't think I could place it. It wouldn't be hard enough. So, I put my head down and struck the ball as hard as I could."
Garciamendez received a short pass about 30 yards out and took a couple of dribbles forward before she fired.
"Honestly, I don't know how I ended up there," said Garciamendez, a four-year starter in central defense. "I just started pressing. My defender started marking me further up, so that gave me leeway to go up. And the ball just dropped at my foot."
Senior forward Adam Jahn scored the first goal and assisted on the second as Stanford upset host UC Irvine, 2-0, Friday night in a nonconference match.
The Anteaters came into the contest undefeated and ranked 11th in the nation. They finished last year with a 16-6-1 mark and were ranked 13th.
"This was our most complete performance of the season," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "I am very proud of the way we played."
Jahn recorded the first goal on a penalty kick in the 27th minute and followed that with a sharp pass in the box to Dersu Abolfathi, who converted inside the far post 15 minutes later.
Stanford's defense remained stingy as Drew Hutchins earned his second shutout of the season. Hutchins made three saves, although the backline of Jimmy Callinan, Tyler Conklin, Hunter Gorskie and Brandon Vincent did not allow much in the way of chances.
"UC Irvine is a phenomenal soccer program," said Gunn. "However, we really outplayed them. It was great to see."
Stanford (2-2) hosts San Jose State at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Eighth-ranked Stanford stopped visiting Santa Clara, 25-10, 25-15, 25-14, Friday, in the Stanford Invitational at Maples Pavilion.
Freshman outside hitter Jordan Burgess led the way with nine kills, nine digs and a .529 attack percentage. Sophomore Morgan Boukather added six kills.
Freshman setter Madi Bugg controlled the offense with 28 assists to go with two kills, six digs and five blocks. Sophomore libero Kyle Gilbert anchored the defense with 11 digs. Stanford finished with a .423 hitting percentage, posting just four attack errors in the match.
The Cardinal (4-2) meets Loyola (Chicago) at 10 a.m. and Pacific at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Kelsey Harbin scored her second straight game-winning goal to lead host No. 16 Stanford past No. 10 Iowa, 3-2, on Friday.
Harbin's second goal of the year came in the 46th minute off a penalty corner, with Kasey Quon initiating the play and Becky Dru providing the feed.
Stanford (4-3) rallied from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1, tying the game twice thanks to goals from freshmen Maddie Secco and Lauren Becker.
The Cardinal held a 12-11 advantage in shots and a 7-6 edge in penalty corners. Nine different players registered at least one shot attempt for Stanford, with Harbin, Secco and Dru getting two apiece.
Ten minutes into the second period, Harbin produced the go-ahead goal off a penalty corner. The sophomore defender also scored the game-winner in Stanford's 2-1 win over Central Michigan on Monday.
Dulcie Davies made six saves in goal to earn the win.
Harbin and Secco both produced goals in their final game before departing to compete in the Junior Pan American Championships. The tournament runs from Sept. 10-12, so both players will miss the next three games.
— Palo Alto Online Sports
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