Jordan DiBiasi broke a scoreless tie 15 minutes into the second half and the fourth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team won its eighth straight, beating host Washington, 3-0, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Sunday in Seattle.
The Cardinal (14-2, 8-0 Pac-12) returns home for an important test with USC (12-4-1, 7-1) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. A victory would assure Stanford at least a share of the conference title.
DiBiasi's goal opened the flood gates as the Cardinal scored three goals within 16 minutes on a rain-drenched evening in Seattle.
Haley Rosen and Alana Cook each added a goal for the final margin of victory.
Stanford controlled a majority of the possession and was relentless in the attacking third, generating 19 shots despite challenging field conditions, with rain falling throughout the match.
Stanford's defense played well, limiting the Huskies (11-4-2, 4-3-1 Pac-12) to 10 shots with just three on goal. Jane Campbell made three saves for her sixth shutout of the season and 26 for her career, one shy of matching Emily Oliver for fifth on Stanford's all-time list.
Stanford had a strong first half, outshooting Washington, 8-4, but could not find the final touch needed to take the lead.
Cook started the go-ahead push. She carried the ball forward from her center back position, passing to Kyra Carusa, who tapped it for DiBiasi, who hammered a right-footed shot to the top-right corner of the goal. Both of DiBiasi's goals have been game-winners.
Maintaining the momentum, Mariah Lee carried the ball into the Cardinal's attacking third with pace. She slipped it to Rosen, who was making a parallel run near the top of the penalty box, and who slotted a left-footed shot past the Huskies' goalkeeper.
In the 76th minute, Tegan McGrady lofted in a high cross from the right corner to the center of the 18-yard box. Washington's goalkeeper came out to knock the ball away but misplayed the cross. The ball bounced once near the penalty spot before Cook outleapt her defender and headed in her second goal of the season.
Sophomore Reid Travis collected a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cardinal to a 40-24 victory over the White during an intra-squad scrimmage open to the public at Maples Pavilion on Sunday.
In the 20-minute scrimmage that offered a glimpse into the 2015-16 squad, the team put on a show for the fans at Maples. At the conclusion of the scrimmage, the team welcomed everyone to the court and hosted a basketball clinic for children of all ages.
During the scrimmage, the Cardinal seized the early advantage and held off a hard-charging White team down the stretch.
Travis shot 5-of-11 from the field and connected on five free throws to go along with his 10 rebounds, while the freshman duo of Cameron Walker and Marcus Sheffield each contributed eight points for the Cardinal. Walker and Sheffield were a combined 5-of-6 from three-point range. Fellow freshman Josh Sharma added six points for the Cardinal squad.
Senior Rosco Allen guided the White team with 13 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Sophomore Robert Cartwright registered four points, while dishing out several assists for the White squad.
Stanford, under the direction of head coach Johnny Dawkins, opens the 2015-16 regular season at home against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Friday, Nov. 13 at Maples Pavilion.
Men's water polo
Hat tricks from senior Bret Bonanni, sophomore Cody Smith and freshman Kyle Weikert propelled No. 5 Stanford to a 17-4 victory over host San Jose State on Sunday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest.
Bonanni moved to within a goal of matching four-time Olympian and four-time NCAA Player of the Year Tony Azevedo's Stanford and MPSF scoring record of 332 goals.
The Cardinal (16-6, 2-3 MPSF) used a pair of goals in the first five minutes from Bonanni to jump out to an early lead and never looked back.
San Jose State (3-19, 0-6 MPSF) eventually closed to within 5-3 after falling behind by four goals with 2:13 left in the first half, but the Cardinal responded with goals from Adam Abdulhamid, Bonanni and Smith to take an 8-3 lead into the break. It never got any closer.
Junior goalie Drew Holland made five saves in the cage, before handing it over to Oliver Lewis in the fourth quarter.
Stanford returns to action Saturday with a noon MPSF game at Long Beach State.