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A historic night for Cardinal women's soccer team

 

By David Kiefer

Stanford Media Relations

Lindsay Taylor and Kristy Zurmuhlen scored within 40 seconds of each other in the first half to lead No. 1 Stanford to a 2-0 victory over Cal in a rainy Pac-12 women's soccer season finale and allowed the Cardinal to earn its place in history.

Stanford (19-0-1 overall, 11-0 Pac-12) became just the second school to finish three consecutive regular seasons unbeaten, and the first to do so since North Carolina from 1991-93. Stanford extended its regular-season unbeaten streak to 62, its home winning streak to 46, and its conference winning streak to 31.

The four-member senior class of Camille Levin, Teresa Noyola, Taylor, and Zurmuhlen has a regular-season record of 75-1-1 and has never lost at home.

Cal (12-6-2, 5-4-2), which hopes to get an NCAA at-large spot when the 64-team tournament field is announced on Monday, controlled the ball early. However, Stanford scored when Taylor struck a 30-yard free kick off the crossbar and across the line for her career-best 17th goal of the season at 19:19.

Moments later, Zurmuhlen fired in a close-range shot off a short pass from Levin after the ball had been knocked around the penalty area off another set piece. It was her fourth goal of the season.

Stanford survived a second-half shot off the crossbar by Cal's Lauren Battung, and got a one-on-one save by goalkeeper Emily Oliver in the early going on the way to recording its 13th shutout.

The Cardinal hopes to earn the overall No. 1 seed for the tournament and expects to play host to a first-round match on Friday.

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