Stanford women sweep Pac-12 defensive soccer honors


Stanford's defense took the spotlight among the Pac-12 Player of the Week awards for women's soccer, which were announced Monday.

Jane Campbell, whose phenomenal save preserved a shutout in an eventual 1-0 overtime victory over No. 6 Florida on Friday, was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time this season.

And central defender Kendall Romine was named Defender of the Week for her role in Stanford's two shutout victories, including a goal and an assist in an 8-0 victory over Dayton on Sunday.

The awards are recognition for the team as much as Campbell and Romine. Stanford (6-0-1) is the only team in the country that has not allowed a goal this season. Stanford's seven consecutive shutouts tied a school record and the Cardinal has a shutout streak of 672 minutes, 12 seconds, dating to last season.

Campbell, the national leader with a 0.00 goals-against average, was required to make one save over the weekend, but it was a special one. With Stanford and Florida locked in a scoreless draw in the 58th minute, Florida All-America Savannah Jordan took advantage of a rare Stanford defensive mistake to pounce on a loose ball and fire a long-distance shot bending toward the upper corner of the Cardinal goal.

Campbell, backtracking from the top of the box, flung her body backward and tipped the ball over the bar with a full-extension dive.

"What a goalkeeper," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said after the match. "What a save."

Though she had only one save, Campbell was tested throughout the match on crosses and passes. On one, Campbell dived to her left to deflect a low centering pass destined for a point-blank shot. On another, she forced her way through traffic knowing she would get leveled once she intercepted a long pass into the box.

Campbell, a sophomore, has five shutouts this season and combined with Sarah Cox on two others. She has 11 shutouts for her career, placing her at No. 10 on Stanford's career list.

Romine, a fifth-year senior, has been a starter since the 2011 NCAA championship season. And, for the first time since that season, Romine scored a goal. When Mariah Lee was taken down in penalty area, Romine took the spot kick and converted, giving Stanford a 6-0 lead on Dayton. Romine later supplied an assist on a long free kick that led to the final goal.

Romine and Maddie Bauer have been rocks in the central defense, and are flanked by three-year starter Laura Liedle on the right side and Stephanie Amack, who starred for the U.S. at the U-20 World Cup in August, on the left.

It's a veteran and intelligent group. And with Campbell and a strong midfield that includes three-year starter Alex Doll and U.S. U-20 captain Andi Sullivan, together with a forward line that likes the high pressure, Stanford's team defense has been formidable.

— Stanford Athletics

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Posted by abdullah
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Play Sarah Robinson allready!!! Go gunn

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Posted by franky
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 16, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Why isn't Sarah Robinson playing? Is she injured?

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