The third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team looks to extend its four-game winning streak this weekend when it travels to the desert to take on Arizona in Tucson and Arizona State.
The Cardinal (14-1-1, 7-1 Pac-12) opens the weekend Thursday at 7 p.m. against the Wildcats (7-8-1, 2-6 Pac-12) before heading to Tempe to take on the Sun Devils (6-8-2, 1-6-1 Pac-12) on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Stanford earned a pair of shutout-victories this past weekend defeating No. 22 Colorado and Utah by scores of, 2-0. The wins moved the Cardinal into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 with the Buffaloes and No. 4 USC.
It was an impressive showing for the Cardinal which played without starters, goalkeeper Jane Campbell and midfielder Andi Sullivan, who were training with the senior U.S. Women's National Team last week. Campbell returned for Sunday's game against Utah, which was also Senior Day as the final regular season home game for the Cardinal.
Averie Collins continued her tear through Pac-12 opponents, scoring Stanford's second goal against Colorado and assisting both goals in the victory against Utah. She leads the Cardinal with 13 points against conference opponents.
"She's a hard worker," Ratcliff said. "She gets into the right spots. She's energetic and someone you want on the field."
Kyra Carusa continues to be a key generator of Stanford's offense and scored the game-winning goal against Utah. She has contributed at least one point in 10-of-16 games this season.
"She's done it all," Ratcliffe said. "She's dynamic up front and a great goal scorer."
Stanford's defense was outstanding in both games, anchored by centerbacks Maddie Bauer and Alana Cook. Tegan McGrady was excellent at left fullback and assisted both game-winning goals against Colorado and Utah.
Alison Jahansou picked up the first shutout of her career against Colorado, while Campbell earned the 33rd of her career – moving her one cleansheet closer to the all-time program record of 35 held by Nicole Barnhart ('04).
The Cardinal has scored two or more goals in 14-of-16 games this season, while limiting opponents to one goal or fewer in all but three matches. Stanford has not trailed in 13-of-16 games.
No. 9 Stanford (9-2-4, 6-0-1 Pac-12) closes out its regular-season home schedule with a chance to clinch its third consecutive Pac-12 title when it hosts Oregon State (4-6-3, 0-3-2 Pac-12) at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 and No. 16 Washington (10-4-0, 3-2-0 Pac-12) at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.
Prior to Sunday's match, the Cardinal will honor its three seniors - Adrian Alabi, Trevor Hyman and Brian Nana-Sinkam.
Stanford has experienced an unprecedented level of success the past four seasons, posting a 50-14-14 overall record, including a 22-7-8 mark in the Pac-12, winning a pair of conference championships and the program's first NCAA crown.
The Cardinal has never captured any of its three Pac-12 championships at home. In 2001 it clinched its first conference title with a 3-1 win at Oregon State on Nov. 18. Thirteen years later on Nov. 16 it was a 3-2 victory in double overtime at Cal that returned Stanford to the top of the Pac.
Last season, Stanford secured a share of the league crown with a 2-0 win at Oregon State on Oct. 31 and won it outright while on a bye when Washington and San Diego State played to a 1-1 draw on Nov. 6.