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Stanford women keep soccer shutout streak alive

 

Stanford completed what might have been the toughest nonconference women's soccer schedule in the country undefeated and unscored upon after its 2-0 victory over Cal Poly on Sunday before 2,279 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

The No. 4 Cardinal (8-0-1) set a school record by extending its shutout streak to 852 minutes, 12 seconds, dating to last season, eclipsing the old mark of 774:22 bridging the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Stanford's also added to its school record for consecutive shutouts, with nine.

Lo'eau LaBonta and Megan Turner scored second-half goals off crossing passes from the right side. LaBonta's came in the 47th minute from Laura Liedle and Turner's was a 74th minute volley off a pass from Mariah Lee. The goal was LaBonta's third this season and Turner's first.

Stanford sophomore goalkeeper Jane Campbell made one save and earned her seventh shutout of the season and 13th of her collegiate career, moving her into a tie for eighth with Erin Bryla (1995-96) on Stanford's all-time list.

"It's the whole team, playing good soccer, keeping the ball for long periods of time," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said of the nine-match shutout streak. "The whole back four is a good group, they're cohesive, they're communicating well. And Jane's having a solid year too."

Stanford shut down scoring ace Elise Krieghoff of Cal Poly (4-5). She was held to two shots in the match that followed a five-goal performance against Fresno State on Friday.

Stanford met five of the seven other former NCAA championship teams during the nonconference schedule -- North Carolina, Portland, Notre Dame, Florida, and Santa Clara -- and emerged nearly perfect, with only a 0-0 draw against the Irish blemishing its perfect record. The Cardinal still has former champs UCLA and USC in conference play.

"I'm really proud of the team," Ratcliffe said. "I hope they realize what an accomplishment it was to go undefeated with the strength of our schedule."

The Cardinal opens the Pac-12 season on Friday at Utah in a 2 p.m. PT match televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

"I'm really proud of the team, but we have a lot more goals ahead of us," Ratcliffe said. "We want to win a Pac-12 championship. We want to win a national championship. So, we've got to keep working hard, keep enjoying every game, and see where it leads us."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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