Freshman Sydney Payne and senior Christen Press each scored in the first half and the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team downed host Boston University, 2-1, in a nonconference game on Sunday.
The Cardinal (1-0-1) heads to top-ranked North Carolina for a nonconference match Friday in a highly anticipated rematch of last year's national championship contest.
Stanford senior goalkeeper Kira Maker kept the Terriers off the board in the late going, recording a brilliant save in the 76th minute off a Boston corner kick.
Payne scored her first career goal at the 15:18 mark on a rebound that she slid past freshman goalie Kelly King, who had knocked away a high shot. Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor was credited with the assist.
Minutes later, Press made it 2-0 on a breakaway. She took 12 shots, eight on goal as Stanford outshot the Terriers, 21-7.
The Cardinal, the highest-ranked team to ever visit Nickerson Field on the Boston University campus, controlled the tempo of the match, utilizing their forward speed to create several quality scoring chances.
Boston junior goalie Alice Binns kept her team in the game with five difficult saves, all in the second half.
The Terriers scored in the 35th minute to cut the lead in half. Stanford's defense took over from there.