Uploaded: Sunday, September 30, 2012, 9:43 PM
No. 3 Stanford women's soccer holds off Oregon
|Stanford sophomore Alex Doll nudged in a rebound of her own shot to score the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Oregon in a Pac-12 women's soccer match Sunday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Third-ranked Stanford (9-1-1 overall, 3-0 Pac-12) broke a 1-1 draw in the 58th minute after Doll took a cross from the left by Chioma Ubogagu. Doll's initial shot was blocked by a defender, but she scrambled to reach the ball and poked it between the legs of Oregon goalkeeper Abby Steele from close range.
It was the third goal of the season for Doll and her second game-winner.
Haley Rosen scored Stanford's first goal in similar fashion, knocking in a rebound during a scramble following a corner kick in the 38th minute. But Oregon (5-5-1, 0-2-1) tied the match on a beautiful 25-yard free kick to the upper corner by Scout Libke with only 30 seconds left in the first half.
Stanford had not allowed a first-half goal since Aug. 24, ending a streak of first-half shutouts at eight and an opening-half scoreless streak of 430 minutes, 57 seconds.
The Cardinal, which outshot Oregon, 34-9, increased its conference winning streak to 34 and its home unbeaten streak to 61.
Stanford got back to its winning ways Sunday, defeating San Diego State, 2-0, at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal dominated play and persevered on a hot day to improve of 4-5-0 and even its record at 1-1 in Pac-12 play.
"There were so many impressive things about today," said Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn. "Our attitude from the kickoff was perfect. We were energetic, creating chances and putting San Diego State under immense pressure."
Stanford had six shots in the first 11 minutes and all were dangerous chances. Ty Thompson had one shot blocked and another sail wide, while Adam Jahn and Tyler Conklin also had chances.
Overall, Stanford outshot the Aztecs 14-2 in the half, but it wasn't until the 41st minute that the Cardinal found a goal. It came on a short corner when Eric Verso played the ball to Austin Meyer. Meyer then held the ball, while Verso circled around him into a position to shoot from. His shot was low to the far post.
It was the first goal of Verso's Stanford career, while Meyer picked up his team-leading third assist of the season.
After the half, San Diego State picked up its play, but the Cardinal still controlled the tempo and was the more dangerous team. However, the longer the half went with Stanford just up by one, San Diego State gained hope. The Aztecs made the game scrappy and looked for the break to give them the equalizer.
Stanford put the game out of reach late when Zach Batteer scored in the 88th minute. Batteer won a ball in the box, made a half turn and shot low and in the corner. It was a clinical finish for the sophomore that put the game out of reach.
"There were lots of good performances today," said Gunn. "I was just really pleased with the performance of the team."
Seventh-ranked Stanford improved to 4-0 in the Pac-12 with a 29-27, 25-17, 26-28, 25-23 win, Sunday, over Arizona State in Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinal improves to 12-2 overall, while the Sun Devils fall to 13-4 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-12.
The Cardinal was led by freshman Brittany Howard's 13 kills, while rookies Inky Ajanaku and Jordan Burgess added 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Burgess also racked up a team-high 15 digs for her seventh double-double of the year. Junior middle blocker Carly Wopat added eight kills and a season-high 12 blocks (one off her career high). Sophomore Morgan Boukather finished with eight kills and four blocks.
Freshman setter Madi Bugg totaled 26 assists and two digs, while senior setter Karissa Cook posted 23 assists and 14 digs for a double-double. Sophomore libero Kyle Gilbert registered 14 digs and three assists. Stanford hit .262 in the match, while ASU hit .132.
Men's water polo
Third-ranked Stanford rebounded from a loss on Saturday to post 13-8 and 9-5 victories over Pepperdine and Pacific, respectively, to claim fifth place at the SoCal Tournament Sunday in Santa Barbara.
Stanford (6-2) returns home to Avery Aquatic Center where it will begin MPSF play Saturday at 9 a.m. against No. 1 USC. The contest is set to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Cardinal was led offensively by eight goals from sophomore utility Alex Bowen, who scored four times in each contest. Redshirt junior two-meter Forrest Watkins scored six times while freshman driver Bret Bonanni netted three goals.
Stanford's defense, anchored by goalie Scott Platshon from Menlo School, allowed just five goals in the fifth-place game against Pacific. The Cardinal held the Tigers scoreless in the opening frame while scoring twice to go up 2-0. Three more goals in the second period made it 5-1 and the Cardinal was able to continue on to the win. Platshon would end up with 10 saves in the contest.
In addition to Bowen's four goals, Bonanni scored twice while Watkins, Conner Cleary and Andrew LaForge each added a goal. Stanford's offense fired nearly at will on the Pacific goal, forcing Tiger goalie Alex Malkis to make 19 saves.
The morning contest featured the Cardinal rolling to an 8-3 halftime lead over Pepperdine behind four goals in each of the first two periods. Although the Waves scored three times in the opening period, Platshon and the Cardinal defense dig in and held Pepperdine scoreless in the pivotal second period.
Stanford's offensive surge continued in the second half, as the Cardinal went for five goals to maintain its advantage. Watkins led the Cardinal with five goals in the win along with Bowen's four. Bonanni, Cleary, Menlo grad Alex Avery and Nick Hoversten added goals.
— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information
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