Redshirt sophomore Alison Jahansouz stepped in as goalkeeper unexpectedly, stopped a penalty kick, and the top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team went on to beat visiting Washington, 3-0, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Sunday.
The Cardinal (3-0, 10-0-1) was still able to control the flow of play despite being down a player for nearly 80 minutes.
Jahansouz came on, read the penalty kick perfectly and pushed it safely away, energizing the Cardinal.
It was her third save of the season. She finished the game with two saves and was excellent in organizing the defense and grabbing crosses.
The momentum created by Jahansouz's save was evident as the Cardinal proceeded to control the remainder of the game, limiting Washington to one shot on goal for the rest of regulation and adding a pair of second-half goals.
Stanford outshot Washington 10-8 in the first half and picked up immediately where it left off in the second.
Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson scored her second goal of the year just 24 seconds into the second half with a perfectly placed left-footed shot to the top right corner of the goal.
She was set up nicely by Carusa who battled for the ball in the box and found Davidson who was making a run toward the top of the box.
Stanford continued to pressure the Huskies' defense and was rewarded in the 59th minute with an own goal. Turner received a pass near the right sideline, carried the ball toward the center of the field and send a cross with pace toward goal. A Washington player tried to clear the cross but it hit off her foot, went over her goalkeeper's head and into the back of the net.
MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Andi Sullivan had another quality game in the midfield, attacking regularly and tracking back on defense. She led the Cardinal with five shots and possessed well through the midfield.
Stanford's backline, anchored by Maddie Bauer and Alana Cook, distributed well and kept Washington's attack away from the center of the field. Tegan McGrady and Beattie Goad were strong out wide and remained aggressive in the attack throughout the contest.
Stanford's victory against Washington wraps up a nine-game homestand. The Cardinal returns to the road next week and looks to continue its momentum at USC and UCLA.