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A flurry of goals spring Stanford women to soccer victory

 

Tegan McGrady broke the deadlock and Averie Collins and Jordan DiBiasi quickly followed as the top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team scored three times within an eight minute span of the second half to beat visiting Oregon, 3-0, in the Pac-12 opener Saturday night.

The Cardinal (8-0-1, 1-0 Pac-12) earned its fourth shutout of the season, limiting the Ducks (6-3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) to six shots and two corner kicks.


Tegan McGrady
It was an impressive showing from Stanford's defense, which was under constant pressure from Oregon's forwards, who pressed high and often throughout the game.

Maddie Bauer and Alana Cook continued their dominance in the center of the defense, while McGrady and freshman Bettie Goad did well out wide to shut down the Ducks' attack and get involved in the offense.

Jane Campbell made three saves in goal to earn her second shutout of the season and 32nd of her career. She moves into sole possession of third place on Stanford's all-time shutout list.

All-American Andi Sullivan and Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson had excellent games in the midfield. The duo played well in the first half and made quality adjustments at halftime to adapt to Oregon's pressure.

Davidson took on the primary holding midfielder position in the second half, allowing Sullivan to be more aggressive offensively. The adjustment paid off as Sullivan's offensive presence and Davidson's defense opened up the midfield and helped create more scoring opportunities for the Cardinal.

After a scoreless first half, McGrady netted her first goal of the season with a perfectly placed left-footed shot from the top of the left corner of the penalty box. Her shot sailed over the goalkeeper's head and into the top right corner of the goal.

DiBiasi doubled Stanford's lead less than three minutes later with her sixth goal of the season. Kyra Carusa laid off a pass toward the right corner flag that Collins ran onto and sent a one-touch cross to the head of DiBiasi near the penalty kick spot.

Collins registered a goal of her own in the 72nd minute to provide an exclamation point on the three-goal scoring spree. Sullivan sent in a free kick from just inside the midline of the offensive zone. Collins fought through a sea of defenders to head in her first goal of the year.

Stanford will look to continue its momentum next weekend, when it completes a nine-game homestand against Washington State at 7 p.m. Thursday and Washington at 2 p.m. next Sunday.

— Stanford Athletics

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