Cardinal women take the early lead en route to Pac-12 soccer victory


Michelle Xiao scored early, Kyra Carusa scored in the middle and Stephanie Amack scored late to lift the sixth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team past visiting Oregon State, 3-0, in a Pac-12 Conference game Thursday night.

The Cardinal (10-2, 4-0 in the Pac-12) gets an extra day of relaxation, with its next match slated for a 5 p.m. start on Sunday against Oregon. Stanford and the Beavers (5-4-3, 1-3) played the only conference match of the day. The rest of the Pac-12 goes Friday and Sunday.

Averie Collins
Xiao and Tegan McGrady teamed up a beautifully executed play. McGrady settled the ball on the left side and then lofted a crossing pass that Xiao timed perfectly, beating her defender and heading it into the net. The game was 90 seconds old.

In the 36th minute, Ryan Walker-Hartshorn brought the ball down the same side and crossed it into the penalty area in front of the net. Carusa accepted the ball, made a little move to get open, and found open space to make it 2-0.

In the closing minutes, the ball came down the right side and crossed into the penalty area. Freshman Averie Collins manged to tap it to Amack, who fired the ball into the net from just outside the box.

Stanford is the lone unbeaten team in conference play, with five others right behind at 2-1. That figure will dip to at least three as Washington State and Utah tangle on Friday and Arizona and USC meet on Sunday. Washington is the other 2-1 team.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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