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Stanford's defense never rests in 1-0 victory over Cougars

 

Jordan DiBiasi scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the 32nd minute to help lead the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over visiting No. 9 BYU on Monday night in a match originally scheduled for the opening weekend in Hawai'i.

It was an impressive showing for the Cardinal (4-0), which controlled the run of play for a majority of the match against the Cougars (4-1), who allowed their first goal of the season.


Laura Liedle
The Cardinal continues its homestand with a match against seventh-ranked Penn State on Friday at 8 p.m. Oklahoma visits Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Laura Liedle initiated the scoring sequence from the right sideline, about 40 yards out, with a long cross to the foot of Kyra Carusa at the top of BYU's 18-yard box.

Carusa one-touched a pass with her left foot to open space inside the penalty box toward the right post that DiBiasi ran on to and placed in the left corner of the goal.

Stanford held advantages in shots (13-9) and corner kicks (9-4) but faced challenges from the Cougars throughout the game. The Cardinal defense did well to limit opportunities and force Cougars attackers out wide. Jane Campbell made one save in goal for her second consecutive shutout and 22nd of her career.

Stanford extended its shutout streak to 359:29 minutes and has not been scored on since the 31-second mark of its season opener at the Rainbow Wahine.

The Cardinal generated numerous scoring opportunities throughout the contest, with seven different players getting off a shot.

BYU applied a majority of its pressure in the final 20 minutes of the game, beginning with a shot by All-American Ashley Hatch that knuckled off the crossbar.

The Cardinal's streak of not permitting a corner kick ended at 78:34 when BYU forced the Stanford defense to clear the ball out past the endline.

Stanford registered 36 corner kicks this season before the Cougars earned their opportunity, a span of 348 minutes, 34 seconds.

The Cougars earned three additional corner kicks during the next five minutes but Stanford's defense prevented any shots on goal.

Stanford has outshot opponents 79-19 and holds a 36-4 corner kick advantage.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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