Stanford women's soccer streaks come to an end


For the first time since 2007, Stanford's women's soccer team lost at home.

Arizona State beat the No. 2 Cardinal 1-0 on Sunday night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, also snapping Stanford's 44-match conference winning streak.

Stanford's home unbeaten streak measured 73 and is the second-longest in NCAA Division I women's soccer history, behind only North Carolina's 84 from 1986-94. The Cardinal went 70-0-3 in that span.

Consider this: Stanford's eight freshmen were in seventh grade on Nov. 23, 2007, when the Cardinal lost to Connecticut, 2-0, in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

It also was notable as the last collegiate match for current U.S. national team captain Rachel Buehler, a former Stanford star. At that time, Stanford had not been to the NCAA College Cup since 1993.

But over the next five seasons, Stanford would go every time, capturing the 2011 NCAA title. On occasion of Stanford's first home loss in six years, it's an opportune time to acknowledge the outstanding players and teams who assembled that streak.

"Honestly, I don't think it'll be replicated," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "It's so hard to do, and I'm surprised we've done it for that long. I really am."

Unranked Arizona State (7-4 overall, 2-1 Pac-12) scored on a 25-yard shot from Sara Tosti into the upper right corner in the 24th minute and overcame a late Stanford shooting barrage to close out the victory.

"I'd rather lose now and have another game to play, than lose at the end of the year again, when the season's over and you have to wait six months," Ratcliffe said. "So, it's good we have a game on Thursday and get it out of our system and play again. That's the positive side of it.

"Obviously, I hate losing, I'm a competitor and I know the players are very upset about losing too."

Stanford (9-1-1, 2-1) resumes play Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks) against visiting UCLA, the nation's No. 3-ranked team and the side conference coaches picked to win the Pac-12. Sacrd Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper is a standout defender for the Bruins.

Four-time defending champion Stanford and UCLA have combined to earn at least a share of the past 12 Pac-12 titles.

"We are the underdog," Ratcliffe said. "They were selected to finish first. So, we have a lot to prove. Right now, things aren't looking good. We're going to have to really prove something to win that game. We're going to have to overachieve to beat them."

Stanford had 13 of its 19 shots in the second half, and had chances in the final minutes, particularly on tries by Ryan Walker-Hartshorn and Taylor Uhl. The Cardinal threw out all pretenses, placing an extra attacker on the field, and sending the ball into the penalty area as best it could.

Arizona State stood firm, and got some excellent saves from goalkeeper Chandler Morris to protect the lead. The shot total was 19-17 in Stanford's favor. And the saves -- seven for Morris and six for Stanford's Jane Campbell -- also reflected the even play.

Still, Stanford fell short of North Carolina's NCAA record of 84 from 1986-94.

Stanford had not lost a Pac-10/12 match since a 1-0 loss at UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008 and its conference winning streak is the third-longest in NCAA Division I history, behind North Carolina's 55 (1994-2000) and Florida's 49 (1997-2001).

Other Cardinal streaks snapped were a 27-match home conference winning streak and a 26-match regular-season unbeaten streak.

"I always said this was a young team, and there are growing pains," Ratcliffe said. "I feel we've really overachieved so far and I've been happy with that. But we need to keep getting better in all aspects of our game. Every player needs to improve.

"As coaches, we need to keep improving too. Hopefully, we'll learn from this and we'll get more of a competitive drive, because they'll have had that taste of losing. We've got to take the positive from it and learn from it and grow from it."

Field hockey

No. 5 Stanford was unable to hold onto a late lead Sunday night and fell to UC Davis in overtime, 3-2.

Jamie Garcia scored the game-winner for the Aggies (3-7, 1-0 NorPac) 5:03 into overtime off a penalty corner to give UC Davis its first victory over the Cardinal since resurrecting the program in 2009.

The loss marked Stanford's (8-3, 2-1 NorPac) second loss in NorPac play in the past four seasons.

Down a goal at halftime, Stanford scored twice in the second half to take a 2-1 lead with less than 16 minutes to play. Hope Burke scored Stanford's first goal 1:03 into the second half off a feed from Courtney Haldeman.

Fran Tew followed with her second goal of the year at 54:18, knocking in a shot from about four yards out, to put the Cardinal up 2-1.

However, the Aggies' Stephie Sabraw scored the equalizer with less than six minutes remaining in regulation, making a diving effort to redirect a shot into the back of the cage.

The Aggies applied the pressure in overtime, outshooting the Cardinal 3-1 before Garcia found the net on the UC Davis' fourth shot of the period.

Dulcie Davies made seven saves in goal for Stanford, including four in the first half.

Both teams managed 14 shots and the Cardinal held an 8-2 penalty corner advantage.

Stanford won't have to wait long to get another shot at the Aggies, as the two teams will square off again on Friday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. PT at Stanford.

Men's soccer

Zach Batteer scored the first goal and assisted on Jordan Morris' game winner as the Stanford men's soccer team downed visiting Oregon State, 2-1, in a Pac-12 Conference contest on Sunday.

Stanford's victory gives the Cardinal (6-2-1, 1-1-0 Pac-12) its first three points of the conference campaign and vaults it into the mix around the top of the table behind only Washington and California, which each have four points. Oregon State fell to 7-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in conference play with the loss.

"It was a hot day, second game of the weekend, very tough for both teams but I felt that in the second half we definitely deserved to win in the long run because we kept creating chances and getting openings," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "Overall I felt that on the day against a very good Oregon State team we deserved the result."

Morris provided the winner just past the hour mark Sunday, latching onto Batteer's centering feed and lashing past Oregon State goalkeeper Matt Bersano for his third goal of the season.

The goal capped a strong sequence for the Cardinal freshman, who started it by fighting through a pair of Beaver defenders for possession, found open space and fed Batteer down the right flank. The ball to Batteer erased the last defender, leaving the Cardinal duo alone with Bersano. Batteer rolled his pass to the foot of Morris who finished strongly to the far post.

Stanford outshot Oregon State 18-12 for the match, and put seven shots on goal as the Cardinal midfield was able to create many chances, sending through balls into open space for Batteer and Morris, and it was just some fine efforts by Bersano that kept it from becoming a rout.

"They sat off of us a little bit, so that meant that we had a little more time on the ball and were more critical with distribution," Gunn said. "They became the playmakers. The first goal was a lovely cross from Jimmy and a great header, the moment it left (Zach's) head you knew it was going in. The second goal was a lovely sweeping move that I think the guys will enjoy watching."

The goal from Batteer came on Stanford's ninth shot of the match, and nearly a minute and a half later Aaron Kovar, who took six shots on the day, forced a save out of Bersano.

Stanford teed off at the Oregon State goal to open the second half, forcing three saves from Bersano over the opening 10 minutes and then breaking through for the lead with Morris' shot in the 62nd minute.

Batteer and Morris had each gotten into one-on-one situations against Bersano but the Beavers' goalkeeper came off his line and was able to smother each attempt.

— Dave Kiefer/Stanford Athletics


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