With Hurricane Irene still drenching the East Coast, the nationally No. 2-ranked Stanford women's soccer team stormed to a 4-1 nonconference victory over No. 20 Georgetown on Monday in Washington D.C.
Lindsay Taylor and Sydney Payne scored two goals apiece to lead the Cardinal. The match originally was scheduled for Sunday, but high winds, heavy rain and a saturated field pushed the match back a day.
Taylor, a senior from Castilleja, scored in the second and 34th minutes, and Payne followed with a pair in the second half to help Stanford (3-0-1) complete a two-match trip in the capital area that began with a 0-0 draw at Maryland on Friday.
Taylor, the No. 8 all-time goal-scorer in Stanford history (37 goals), scored 1:15 into the match when a chip from 12 yards caught Georgetown goalkeeper Hanna Monson off her line. Taylor's second goal came on a scorching 30-yarder. She now has four goals this season.
Payne, a sophomore, had the first multi-goal performance of her collegiate career. She scored her first goal of the season after a Chioma Ubogagu's pass from midfield set her up for a breakaway in the 60th minute. Payne calmly placed the ball inside the right post for a 3-0 lead.
Georgetown (3-1) closed to within 3-1 on what appeared to be a harmless free kick by Samantha Baker in the 79th minute. Apparent miscommunication between goalkeeper Emily Oliver and a defender allowed the ball to sneak through the defense and inside the left post.
Stanford answered 1:38 later when Marjani Hing-Glover's shot deflected off Monson and into the path of Payne, who scored unobstructed in the 80th minute for the final margin.
Stanford returns home to play Northwestern (0-3) on Sunday at noon, before Notre Dame arrives for a Sept. 9 rematch of last year's NCAA final.
Freshman Alex McCawley scored a game-tying goal and Becky Dru scored her fourth goal of the season, and 30th of her career, but No. 20 Stanford fell to No. 4 Connecticut in the Husky Invitational on Monday.
Over the final 35 minutes, the Cardinal outshot the Huskies 7-6 and held a 5-1 edge in penalty corners.
Stanford (1-1) plays at No. 17 Albany on Wednesday.