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A Rosen start and finish for Stanford in conference play

 

Senior Haley Rosen gave the fourth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team an early advantage and then helped make sure they left Pullman with a victory.

Rosen scored a goal and then assisted freshman Averie Collins on the game-winner to give the Cardinal a 2-1, double-overtime, victory at No. 25 Washington State on Thursday night.


Averie Collins
Rosen took the Cardinal's 12th corner kick of the game (and 118th of the season) in the 109th minute and lofted it toward the front of the net, where it met Collins' head. Collins scored her second goal by placing the ball over the Cougars goalkeeper's head and into the back of the net.

Collins became the fifth (of five) freshman field player to record a game-winning goal for Stanford. The quintet continue to show why they were so highly-touted out of high school.

The Cardinal (13-2, 7-0 Pac-12) responded to the Cougars pressure with a quicker and more direct pace of play, creating exciting back-and-forth action with consistent opportunities for both teams through the first portion of the match.

Rosen, the only player left from Stanford's national championship team, was outstanding in doing a lot of everything for the Cardinal. She maintained possession, distributed well, made regular runs forward and was a constant threat in the offensive zone. She recorded a team-high five shots, four on goal.

Stanford, 4-0 in overtime contests, pulled away late, maintaining a majority of the possession and chances in the second portion of the second half and both overtime periods. The Cardinal outshot the Cougars, 24-11, and held a 12-6 corner kick advantage. Stanford had 12 players register at least one shot.

Rosen got Stanford on the board in the 13th minute when she received a pass from Kyra Carusa about 30 yards out from goal. Rosen carried the ball into the 18-yard box near the penalty spot, weaving her way through three defenders along the way, and slotted a shot past the goalkeeper to the lower left corner for her fourth goal.

Washington State leveled the score at 1-1 in the 37th minute. Cardinal goalie Jane Campbell dove to her left to make a save, but the bounced six yards out and she was unable to recover in time to stop the follow shot to the back post.

Stanford produced a consistent wave of pressure between the 60th and 70th minute, outshooting the Cougars 4-0 during that span but could not find the finishing touch needed to pull away.

The Cardinal survived a late scare when Washington State nearly took a lead in the 85th minute. After a quality build up, the Cougars sent a cross to the back post but a shot went just right of the goal.

Stanford outshot Washington State 3-0 in both overtime periods and generated six corner kicks in the extra periods of play before Rosen and Collins connected for the game-winner.

Stanford will look to continue its momentum Sunday when it plays its final road game of the regular season at Washington at 5 p.m. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Stanford improved to 21-3-1 all-time against Washington State in a series that has been decided by one goal in six of the past seven meetings.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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